Lecture Series

Aesthetics & Politics Lecture Series Fall 2021 Poster

The School of Critical Studies is pleased to announce the Fall 2021 Aesthetics & Politics Lecture Series. The theme for this semester is documents and cultural memory. 

The series' lineup ranges from political debates to film screenings and performances, as well as conversations about art, architecture and philosophy. Events will be streamed via the Aesthetics and Politics Youtube channel, at youtube.com/c/AestheticsandPolitics. All events are free and open to the public. Visit the CalArts Calendar for full event listings.

Lecture Series Fall 2021

The series will kick off Friday Sept 24 with recent CalArts alums Maureen Phelan, Jayne Pugh, and Allie Smith presenting their MA theses, followed by a launch of the new issue of In/Form, the student journal of the A+P Program. The theme of this issue—which features essays and poetry by the MA students—is "The Let Out."

Throughout October and November, we will welcome guest lecturers, coming from various disciplines, who will explore the aesthetics, politics, and ethics of memory and documentation.

All visitors to campus are asked to be vaccinated. Visitors are also asked to check in when arriving on campus, obtain and wear a visitor badge, and wear a mask at all times. For more visitor access info, please see: https://calarts.edu/calarts-returns-2021/calarts-returns/visitor-access

RSVP at https://forms.gle/aUd3Fec7JXDvdRSK9


September 24 at 4PM     

Thesis Presentations from Recent MA Graduates

  • Maureen Phelan, “Parasocially-Formed Spatial Imaginaries of the Suburban/Rural”
  • Jayne Pugh, “A Sense of Horizon: Castoriadian Thought and the Political Experiment at Black Mountain College”
  • Allie Smith,  “Re: Performance in Southern California”

Location: BB#4-D. Event will also be streamed via the Aesthetics and Politics YouTube channel, at youtube.com/c/AestheticsandPolitics.


October 8 at 12PM         

Latipa, “The Absence.”

Latipa (née Michelle Dizon) is a visual artist, theorist, and Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Her work summons sites of memory and resistance in the wake of historical dispossession, migration, and diaspora.

Virtual event will be streamed via the Aesthetics and Politics YouTube channel, at youtube.com/c/AestheticsandPolitics.


October 29 at 7PM         

Karina Alma, “Memory Coherence and Rupture: U.S. Central American Subject Formations.”

Karina Alma (formerly Oliva Alvarado) is an Assistant Professor in the Chicana/o and Central American Studies department at UCLA. Coeditor of U.S. Central Americans: Reconstructing Memories, Struggles and Communities of Resistance (U of Arizona P, 2017), she is currently completing a manuscript on Central American diasporic cultural memory.

Virtual event will be streamed via the Aesthetics and Politics YouTube channel, at youtube.com/c/AestheticsandPolitics.


November 19 at 7PM      

John-Michael Rivera, “Eluding All Documentation.”

John-Michael Rivera is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he serves as Dean of the Arts and Humanities. His first book, The Emergence of Mexican America (NYU Press, 2007) won the Thomas J Lyon Best Book Award, and his second book, UNDOCUMENTS, U of Arizona Press, recently won the Kayden Award.

Location: Generator Building 201/202.


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