Elizabeth A. Povinelli (left), Saidiya Hartman (right)

CalArts is pleased to announce that Anthropologist and Critical Theorist Elizabeth A. Povinelli will be the 2020 Theorist in Residence for its MA Aesthetics and Politics Program and that Literary Scholar and Cultural Historian Saidiya Hartman will be the Theorist in Residence in 2021.

Elizabeth Povinelli 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.

Saidiya Hartman is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her major fields of interest are African American and American literature and cultural history, slavery, law and literature, and performance studies. She is the author of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth Century America (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007). She has also published essays on photography, film and feminism and is currently beginning a new project on photography and ethics. She has been a Fulbright, Rockefeller, Whitney Oates, and University of California President’s Fellow and is on the editorial board of Callaloo.

As part of their tenures as Theorist in Residence, Povinelli and Hartman will be delivering two public lectures in the Los Angeles area in late January, 2020, and 2021 respectively.

For more information on CalArts’ MA Aesthetics and Politics Program, including how to apply for Fall 2019 admission, contact Seth Blake at sblake@calarts.edu or visit aestheticsandpolitics.calarts.edu.

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