Bonnie Honig, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor in Political Science and Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, delivers the inaugural Carl F. Cranor Visiting Scholar Lecture at Pomona College. Honig's many publications span the chronological and thematic breadth of political theory – as attested by such recent publications as Antigone, Interrupted (2009), Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair (2017), and Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier (ed. 2016).
Her lecture, "How To Do Things with Inclination," features new readings of the Antigone and Sophocles’ Oedipus plays and asks which provides the better lens through which to understand these plays’ powers: Giorgio Agamben’s concept of inoperativity or Adrianna Cavarero’s concept of inclination? While Cavarero affiliates the ethical posture of inclination with “maternity,” this lecture argues for sorority as a better democratic and agonistic model for a politics of refusal.
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This event is sponsored by an endowment from Carl F. Cranor, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at University of California-Riverside, established in support of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program. Every year the Carl F. Cranor Family Endowment for the Visiting Scholar Program funds a Scholar whose visits will include at least one to a Phi Beta Kappa chapter campus located in Southern California. The event is co-sponsored by the Pomona College departments of Classics and Politics.