Judith Butler awarded Adorno Prize

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UC Berkeley professor Judith Butler has received the Theodor W. Adorno Prize, an award honoring contributions to theater, music, film and philosophy.

Butler belongs to both the rhetoric and comparative literature departments at UC Berkeley, and her interests range from gender and sexuality to literary and cultural studies to race and ethnicity, according to her rhetoric department biography.

“I understand that I am being honored for my scholarly work, especially in gender, sexuality, critical theory and moral philosophy,” Butler told the UC Berkeley NewsCenter. “The award is given to someone who continues the tradition of critical theory, but not necessarily to someone who works on Adorno as a primary author.”

Before Butler won the award, the last Adorno Prize was granted in 2009 to Alexander Kluge, a German author and director.