Join iLGBT Studies for our 2018 Miranda Joseph Endowed Lecture: «Visionary Aesthetics: Flight, Fantasy, & Freedom on the Frontiers of US Empire» by Professor Ronak K. Kapadia!
Thursday, 22 February 2018
Center for Creative Photography
1030 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719
Ronak K, Kapadia is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and affiliated faculty in Global Asian Studies and Museum & Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A cultural theorist of race, security, sensation and empire in the late 20th and early 21st century United States, Kapadia is competeing a book about the interface between contemporary visual and performace art and US global counterinsurgency warfare in South Asia and the Middle East titled Insurgent Aesthetics of the Forever War: Art and Performance after 9/11 (Duke UP, forthcoming). He is a former board member of FIERCE, a member-led community organization building the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color in New York City, and Safe Community Health Collective, a worker-owned health and healing justice collective in Chicago.
About the lecture:
«This talk advances queer, feminist, anti-colonial, and indigenous modes of thinking about the futures of Palestine at the borderlands of US empire. Kapadia argues that a queer feminist analysis of visionary aesthetics in the work of London-based Palestinian visual artist Larissa Sansour provides an alternate lens through which to understand the “facts-on-the-ground” of contemporary US/Israeli security policing and counterinsurgency warfare in Palestine. By closely reading her science fiction film trilogy series as a form of knowledge and critique, Kapadia questions what speculative architecture, outer space, and Arab futurisms together might yield for thinking Palestinian liberation and indigenous sovereignty otherwise. This talk further probes the speculative ends of US empire and its forever wars of security and counterterrorism.»