The MA Aesthetics and Politics Program offers a one-year degree that encourages interrogations of the arts and politics in an expanded field. Students specialize in Critical Theory, Global Studies, or Media and Urban Studies and get up close and personal with key contemporary artists and thinkers.
Faculty: Arne De Boever (director), Douglas Kearney, Chandra Khan, Norman Klein, Martín Plot, James Wiltgen.
Recent Visiting Speakers: Étienne Balibar, Jodi Dean, Diedrich Diederichsen, Catherine Malabou, Fred Moten, Sianne Ngai, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.
We are still accepting applications for Fall 2013. Apply here. Financial aid packages are available in the form of scholarships, grants, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. The financial aid deadline is March 2.
For general questions, or to schedule an information session, please contact Admissions Counselor Seth Blake at [email protected] or 661 253 7716.
And please join us for the spring 2013 WHAP! lecture series.
Here’s a selection of what we have to offer:
Political Fictions: Literature and the Political
A panel with Peter Gadol and Martin Plot
Wednesday, January 30th, 8–9:30pm at the West Hollywood Library
Bodies in the break: A Night of Queer Performance
An evening of performance, performativity and discussion featuring poet/performers Ronaldo V. Wilson and Douglas Kearney.
Friday, February 15th, 7:30pm at Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Screening: Dear Comrade
A documentary essay film, written and directed by Mady Schutzman
Dear Comrade documents the story of Llano del Rio (1914–18), the most important non-religious communitarian experiment in western American history, told through archival footage, surreal re-enactments, interviews with ex-colonists, local residents and historians, and the meanderings of a silent nomad through the ruins of the Llano colony in the Mojave Desert.
Wednesday, February 27th, 8–9:30pm, West Hollywood Library, City Council Chambers
Screening: La Huelga
Occupy West Hollywood! Come join us for a screening of Ken Ehrlich’s new documentary video La Huelga. Hosted by Martín Plot, with James Wiltgen as respondent.
La Huelga is an experimental documentary video that examines a student strike at the largest public University in Mexico (UNAM) in 1999–2000, by juxtaposing participant interviews with a lyrical portrait of the campus architecture.
Friday, March 15th, 7:30–9pm, West Hollywood Library, City Council Chambers
Adrian Johnston and Suhail Malik join Dean of Critical Studies Amanda Beech to talk about the stakes of materialism—aesthetic, political, speculative, et cetera—today.
Friday, April 5th, 7–9pm West Hollywood Library, City Council Chambers
Designing West Hollywood
MA in Aesthetics and Politics alumn and West Hollywood Councilmember John D’Amico will wrap up the year with a conversation about urban design in West Hollywood.
Friday, April 26th, 7:30–9pm, West Hollywood Library, City Council Chambers
Visit our website for the full tentative schedule.