Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory’s Annual Award “Miladin Životić”

While remembering Miladin Životić, the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Belgrade confers an award for critical engagement to leading theorists whose activity has produced significant resonances in social practice.


On June 18th 2018 in Rijeka, during the conference Critique of Violence Now co-organized by the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory and Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Rijeka, Judith Butler received the first award for critical engagement.

Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley) is a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory – one of its founding directors – at Berkeley. She received her Ph.D in Philosophy from Yale University in 1984. She is the author of following books: Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex”(1993), The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection (1997), Excitable Speech (1997), Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (2000), Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning (2004), Undoing Gender (2004), Who Sings the Nation-State?: Language, Politics, Belonging (with Gayatri Spivak, 2008), Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (2009), Is Critique Secular? (with Talal Asad, Wendy Brown and Saba Mahmood, 2009), Sois Mon Corps (co-authored with Catherine Malabou, 2011), Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012), Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (with Athena Athanasiou, 2013), Senses of the Subject (2015). Her latest book, Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly, published in November of 2015, was first introduced in Belgrade.


Mladen Životić Award is given to those remarkable individuals who always push the boundaries of thought while seeking change and progress, who are driven by the urgency of moment as well as desire to exceed those forces that would dissolve communities.