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Insurgent Truth: Chelsea Manning and the Politics of Outsider Truth-Telling

2110 Taliaferro Hall
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 4:00 PM
This event is part of the Miller Center's Truth and History Series.

Maxwell's talk will cover the topic of her recent book, Insurgent Truth, which argues for the importance of outsider truth-telling to democratic politics and reads Chelsea Manning as an important contemporary outsider truth-teller. Her research argues that the acts and writings of outside truth-tellers reveal problems with dominant models of truth and truth-telling in politics, which often look to truth to offer a prepolitical stable common ground and align credibility with gendered, classed, and raced traits.

Lida Maxwell is Associate Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Boston University. She is also the author of Public Trials: Burke, Zola, Arendt, and the Politics of Lost Causes (Oxford UP, 2015), the co-editor of Second Nature: Rethinking Nature Through Politics (Fordham UP, 2014), and the co-author of The Right to Have Rights (Verso, 2018). Her articles have appeared in Political TheoryContemporary Political Theory, and Theory and Event.