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Étienne Balibar

Philosopher, Professor of Humanities at the University of California.

(Avallon, France, 1942). Étienne Balibar is Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine and Emeritus Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy at the Université Paris Nanterre (Paris X). He is also teaches at Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London, the French-Argentine Centre of Advanced Studies at the University of Buenos Aires, and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, New York. He is particularly interested in the defence of immigrants’ rights and those of political asylum seekers, and is a member of the Ligue des droits de l’Homme (Human Rights League) in Paris and co-founder of the Faculty for Peace between Israel and Palestine. He is author, or co-author, of numerous books, including (co-authored with Louis Althusser) Para leer el capital (1965, reissued in 2010 by Siglo XXI – recently reissued in English as Reading Capital, Verso, 2009), and (co-authored with Immanuel Wallerstein) Raza, nación, clase (Iepala Editorial, 1991 – published in English as Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities, Verso, 1991). More recently he has published Nosotros, ¿ciudadanos de Europa? (Tecnos, 2003 – published in English as We, the People of Europe?: Reflections on Transnational Citizenship (Translation/Transnation) (Princeton University Press, 2003), Violencias, identidades y civilidad (Violence, Identity and Civility – Gedisa, 2006), and La proposition de l’égaliberté. Essais politiques 1989-2009 (Presses Universitaires de France, 2010).

Update: 3 January 2011


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Europe, final crisis?

Lecture by Étienne Balibar