Judith Butler, Hélène Cixous, and Avital Ronell approach the notion of affinity through a discussion of disruptive kinship.
Butler is the author of Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?, Gender Trouble, The Psychic Life of Power, Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning, and, with co-author Gayatri Spivak, Who Sings the Nation-State? Language, Politics, Belonging. Butler is Hannah Arendt Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School and Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities.
Hélène Cixous, the well-known philosopher, literary critic, and rhetorician, is the author of more than 70 novels, poems, essays, and plays, including Hemlock, The Laugh of the Medusa, Coming to Writing, and Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing. In 2008, Cixous was appointed A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, a post she will hold until 2014.
Avital Ronell is a feminist, philosopher, literary critic, translator, and the author of Fighting Theory (with Anne Dufourmantelle), The Telephone Book, Crack Wars, and The Test Drive. Ronell is a professor of philosophy at the European Graduate School and a professor of German, comparative literature, and English at New York University, where she co-directs the Research in Trauma and Violence project.