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The MA Aesthetics and Politics Program at CalArts is pleased to announce that its 2016 Theorist in Residence will be philosopher and historian Lauren Berlant.

Lauren Berlant is George M. Pullman Professor of English at the University of Chicago. Her national “sentimentality quartet”—The Anatomy of National Fantasy, The Queen of America Goes to Washington City, The Female Complaint, and Cruel Optimism—addresses precarious publics and the aesthetics of affective adjustment in the contemporary U.S. and Europe. A co-editor of Critical Inquiry, Berlant is also editor of Intimacy; Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and the National InterestCompassion: the Culture and Politics of an Emotion; and On the Case. She is currently at work on a study of flat affect, and comedy, including an edited volume with Sianne Ngai, called Comedy, An Issue. She blogs at Supervalent Thought and is a founding member of the art/activist group “Feel Tank Chicago.”

The MA program’s Visiting Faculty for Fall 2016 will be Santiago Zabala.

Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is the author of The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy, The Remains of Being, and Hermeneutic Communism (with G. Vattimo), and editor of six books on religion, hermeneutics, and ontology. His latest book, Emergency Aesthetics: Only Art Can Save Us is forthcoming in 2016. He has also written for The GuardianThe New York Times and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

For more information on CalArts’ MA Aesthetics and Politics Program, including how to apply for Fall 2016 admission, go to, or contact Seth Blake at

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