Theorist in Residence

This initiative invites theorists focusing on media, urban or global studies to spend up to two weeks at CalArts to teach workshops, faculty seminars and give a public lecture.


Spring 2019

N. Katherine Hayles

Author of the seminal How We Became Posthuman, which has been hailed as "the key text which brought posthumanism to broad international attention", Katherine Hayles has been an influential voice in arts and media discourse for decades. 

As part of her tenure as Theorist in Residence, Hayles will deliver two public lectures, and teach a closed intensive seminar to MA Aesthetics and Politics students in the 2019 spring term.


Spring 2018

Judith Butler

Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California Berkeley, and is a prominent continental philosopher and gender theorist. She is the author of notable books, including Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity and Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?

Reprising her role as our Theorist in Residence in Spring 2015, Butler will deliver two new public lectures in addition to teaching a seminar for our MA students.

Lectures

  • "Critique, Crisis, and the Problem of Violence"—The Silver Screen Theater at the Pacific Design Center, 01/24/18, 7:30pm—free and open to the public*
  • "The Materiality of Mourning in the work of Doris Salcedo"—REDCAT, 01/26/18, 8:30pm—tickets available through the REDCAT website

*This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit www.weho.org/arts or follow via social media @WeHoArts.


Spring 2017

Lauren Berlant

Berlant is George M. Pullman Professor of English at the University of Chicago. Her national sentimentality trilogy—The Anatomy of National Fantasy (1991), The Queen of America Goes to Washington City (1997), and The Female Complaint (2008) — has now morphed into a quartet, with Cruel Optimism (2011) addressing precarious publics and the aesthetics of affective adjustment in the contemporary U.S. and Europe. A co-editor of Critical Inquiry, she is also editor of Intimacy (University of Chicago Press, 2000, Chicago); Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and the National Interest (New York University Press, 2001, New York); Compassion: the Culture and Politics of an Emotion (Routledge, 2004, New York); and On the Case (Critical Inquiry, 2007). She blogs at Supervalent Thought and is also a founding member of the art/activist group Feel Tank Chicago.

Seminar and Lectures from Humorlessness

Public lectures:

  • Humorlessness/Politics: REDCAT, 02/01, 8:30pm—tickets available through the REDCAT website
  • Humorlessness/Comedy: West Hollywood Public Library, City Council Chambers, 02/03, 7:30pm—free and open to the public

Seminar (open to CalArts students only):

  • Classic Comedy Theory
  • Collective Curation on Comedic Art

Fall 2015

Thierry de Duve

De Duve is Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College, New York, and was Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, for the fall semester of 2013. His English publications include Pictorial Nominalism (1991), Kant after Duchamp (1996), Clement Greenberg Between the Lines (1996, 2010), Look—100 Years of Contemporary Art (2001), and Sewn In the Sweatshops of Marx: Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp (2012). He is presently finishing a book of essays on aesthetics, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. As Theorist in Residence, his graduate-student lectures included “Why Kant Got it Right” and “Do Artists Speak on Behalf of All of Us?,” in addition to public lectures that included “Le Sens de la Famille: Aesthetics as the Transcendental Ground of Democracy.”

Lectures

  • “Why Kant Got it Right”
  • Tuesday November 3, 6:00-9:00pm — Closed Graduate (MA/MFA) Seminar: Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics—CalArts, D206
  • “Le sens de la famille: Aesthetics as the Transcendental Ground of Democracy”
  • Wednesday November 4, 8:00pm — Public lecture (free and open to the public): When is Art Political?—CalArts, Butler Building (BB4)
  • “Le sens de la famille”: Aesthetics as the Transcendental Ground of Democracy
  • Wednesday November 4, 8:00pm — Public lecture (free and open to the public): When is Art Political?—CalArts, Butler Building (BB4)

Spring 2015

Judith Butler

Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California Berkeley, and is a prominent continental philosopher and gender theorist. She is the author of notable books, including Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity and Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? As Theorist in Residence, Butler gave four lectures assembled under the title, Demonstrating Precarity: Vulnerability, Embodiment, and Resistance, addressing questions of political dissent, protest, resistance and violence in light of recent events in the United States.

Lectures

  • “From Performativity to Precarity/Acts of Resistance” — West Hollywood Public Library, Council Chambers, Friday, January 23, 7pm.
  • "We, the People": Thoughts on Public Assembly — CalArts campus, LANGLEY, Friday, January 30th, 7pm.
  • “Vulnerability and Resistance” — REDCAT, Wednesday, March 4, 8:30pm.
  • “Interpreting Non-Violence” — CalArts campus, LANGLEY, Friday, March 6, 7pm.


Spring 2014

Fred Moten

Fred Moten is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside and a member of the Writing Faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. He received his A.B. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works), B. Jenkins (Duke University Press), and co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/ Autonomedia). His forthcoming books are The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions) and consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press). In 2009 Moten was Critic-in-Residence at In Transit 09: Resistance of the Object, The Performing Arts Festival at the House of World Cultures, Berlin and was also recognized as one of 10 “New American Poets” by the Poetry Society of America; in 2011 he was a Visiting Scholar and Artist-in-Residence at Pratt Institute; in 2012, he was Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University; and in 2013 he was a Guest Faculty Member in the Summer Writers Program at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa Institute. Moten served the American Studies Association as a member of the Board of Managing Editors of American Quarterly from 2004 to 2007 and has been a member of the Editorial Collectives of Social Text and Callaloo, and of the Editorial Board of South Atlantic Quarterly. He was also a member of the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine from 2002 to 2004 and a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York from 2001 to 2002.

Lectures

  • "black kant (pronounced cant)" — March 18, 12-1:30pm, calarts CUBE, MA student seminar
  • "black kant (pronounced cant): an update" — March 18, 7-9pm, interventions lecture, calarts BB4
  • "black kant (pronounced cant)" — March 20th, 12-1:30pm, calarts CUBE, faculty seminar
  • "the sustain: blackness and poetry" — March 20, 8:30pm, public lecture, REDCAT


Spring 2013

April 17th-18th: Film-philosopher John Mullarkey taught a faculty seminar as well gave a public lecture on cinema, objects, and animals.

March 14th: Workshop with Brian Massumi and Erin Manning. Organized in collaboration with colleagues from the Center for New Performance, on "Performance, Body, and Presence."