On 11 September 2012, the American philosopher Judith Butler received the renowned Theodor W. Adorno Award of the City of Frankfurt am Main for her work in philosophy. Her theory of performative gender challenges fixed gender roles, forced sexual orientation and racist ideology while promoting a universal code of ethics. As a woman, a Jew, and an intellectual Butler rejects the reduction of Judaism to a nationalist definition of Zionism. A radical pacifist, she is committed to movements that fight – peacefully, albeit with unorthodox strategies – to find political solutions that ensure a basis of equal rights for all people in those lands, for Israelis and Palestinians alike.


Welcome: Cilly Kugelmann, Christoph F. E. Holzhey
Diskussion: Judith Butler and Micha Brumlik
Moderation: Andreas Öhler

In English and German

Judith Butler
Micha Brumlik

Organized by

The Jewish Museum Berlin and the ICI Berlin

Jüdisches Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9-14
10969 Berlin


Image credit: Gerald Zoerner