Transcript of the 2021 Holberg Debate: "Identity Politics and Culture Wars"


A transcript of the 2021 Holberg Debate, featuring Judith Butler, Cornel West, Glenn Greenwald and Simon Critchley, is now available.

The Holberg Debate is an annual event organised by the Holberg Prize. The event is inspired by Ludvig Holberg's Enlightenment ideas and aims to explore pressing issues of our time and to highlight the relevancy of research in the fields covered by the Holberg Prize. The debate seeks to include panellists from both inside and outside academia.

The Holberg Debate on "Identity Politics and Culture Wars" took place on 4 December, 2021, and featured the following panellists:

  • Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley; Hannah Arendt Chair at the European Graduate School.
  • Cornel West, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Philosophy & Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.
  • Glenn Greenwald, investigative journalist and author.
  • Moderator: Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research

An unedited transcript of the debate is now available here.

For more information on the 2021 Holberg Debate, see the event page

Video of the debate

Podcast of the debate