December 10, 2019

MA Aesthetics and Politics 2020 Theorist in Residence: Elizabeth Povinelli

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Elizabeth Povinelli, Hawk. Courtesy of the subject.

CalArts’ MA Aesthetics and Politics Program is delighted to announce that the anthropologist, critical theorist, and filmmaker Elizabeth Povinelli will be its 2020 Theorist in Residence. Elizabeth is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University where she has also been the Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Law and Culture. Povinelli’s work focuses on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Informed primarily by settler colonial theory, pragmatism and critical theory, this potential theory of the otherwise has unfolded primarily from within a sustained relationship with her Indigenous Karrabing colleagues in north Australia and across five books, numerous essays, and six films with the Karrabing Film Collective. Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism was the 2017 recipient of the Lionel Trilling Book Award. Karrabing films were awarded the 2015 Visible Award and the 2015 Cinema Nova Award Best Short Fiction Film, Melbourne International Film Festival and have shown internationally including in the Berlinale Forum Expanded, Sydney Biennale; MIFF, the Tate Modern, documenta-14, and the Contour Biennale.

As part of her tenure as Theorist in Residence, Povinelli will deliver two public lectures, one at REDCAT on January 27, 2020, and the other at the West Hollywood Public Library on January 31.

About the MA Aesthetics and Politics Program
The MA Aesthetics and Politics Program offers a unique degree experience that encourages interrogations of the arts and politics in an expanded field. Students specialize in Critical Theory, Global Studies, or Media and Urban Studies.

Institute scholarships, teaching opportunities, and post-graduate teaching and artistic fellowships are available to qualified domestic and international applicants. For more information on how to apply for fall 2020 admission, or to schedule a class visit, contact Seth Blake at sblake [​at​]

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