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February 15, 2012

MA in Aesthetics and Politics Program at CalArts

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Shepard Fairey mural, West Hollywood library, photo by Joshua Barash.

Apply for Fall 2012!

The MA in Aesthetics & Politics focuses on the multiplicity of ways in which the aesthetic and the political intertwine. Students work with CalArts’ distinguished faculty and visiting speakers across three areas of concentration: critical theory, global studies, and media and urban studies. From political art to the aestheticization of politics, and from phenomenological, post/structuralist, to speculative materialist theories of culture, politics, and society, this program operates at the cutting edge of creative and critical practice today. This one-year degree should be of particular interest to artists seeking to deepen the theoretical and political elements of their art; and to individuals who are planning to pursue a scholarly career.

Faculty include Arne De Boever (director), Douglas Kearney, Chandra Khan, Norman Klein, Martín Plot, and James Wiltgen. Spring 2012 visiting faculty is Kate Elswit.

Recent visiting speakers have included Alain Badiou, Andrew Arato, Ernesto Laclau, Hans Haacke, Sam Weber, Diedrich Diederichsen, Bonnie Honig, Fred Moten, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jodi Dean, and Bernard Stiegler.

We are currently accepting application for Fall 2012. Apply here. Financial aid packages are available in the form of scholarships, grants, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Financial aid deadline is March 2.

For general questions, or to schedule an information session, please contact Admissions Counselor Jon Rutzmoser at jrutzmoser@calarts.edu or 661-253-7716.


Spring 2012 WHAP! Lecture Series

Co-hosted by the city of West Hollywood and the MA program. WHAP! is a new lecture series ranging from critical and political theory to film screenings and conversations about art and architecture. All lectures are free and open to the public; seating is limited and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.

WEST HOLLYWOOD LIBRARY
City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 7–9PM  | ALL THEATRE, ALL THE TIME, NOW
Nicholas Ridout and Kate Elswit

FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 7–9PM  | CAN OR OUGHT THE POLITICAL AND THE RELIGIOUS BE SEPARATED?
Etienne Balibar

TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 7–9PM  | BIOLOGY AND POLITICS
Catherine Malabou, Mike Bryant, and Arne De Boever

FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 7–9PM  | AESTHETICS OF TRANSLATION
Erik Bullot, Rebecca Baron, and Jon Nelson-Wagner

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 7–9PM  | CONSTRUCTING THE FUTURE
Ric Abramson, Norman Klein, and John D’Amico

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