Master’s Program in Aesthetics and Politics
Interventions Lecture Series
The Interventions lecture series is a year-long graduate course offered to first-year MA Aesthetics and Politics and MFA Creative Writing students. All lectures are free, open to the public and begin at 7 pm in Butler Building #4 on the CalArts campus except where otherwise noted.
CSGR100: Interventions: The Wor(l)ding Project
Can writers and theorists still intervene in the world? How do they make, break and re-make worlds? Do words have more or less value in a world governed by code—in a networld? While the term “intervention” originated in the realm of the spiritual, we now tend to associate it with the political—with military and humanitarian intervention. But what of the literary or critical intervention that strives to reestablish the connection between words and worlds through the act of social imagination—that would revive the practice of “wor(l)ding”? Team-taught by MFA Creative Writing and MA Aesthetics and Politics faculty and organized around the visits of six invited speakers, this course will address these questions through presentations, seminar discussions, workshops, public debates, creative and critical writing, and the curation of a blog/book.
The course meets once per week and is team-taught by a member of the MFA and a member of the MA program and focuses on the work of six to eight invited speakers, tied together by a common theme. In 2013-2014, the course will be co-taught by Janet Sarbanes and Arne De Boever.
World 1: Atlas Shrugging: Ayn Rand's Erotic Capitalism - A conversation with Lisa Duggan
September 24th, 7-9pm, BB4 (Butler Building)
Lisa Duggan is professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She is the author of Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity (2000), co-author (with Nan D. Hunter) of Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture (1995), and co-editor (with Lauren Berlant) of Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest (2001). Her most recent book is Twilight of Equality?: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics and the Attack on Democracy (2003).
World 2: Renee Gladman
October 22nd, 7-9PM, BB4 (Butler Building)
Renee Gladman is assistant professor of Literary Arts at Brown University. She received a B.A. in philosophy from Vassar College, and a Master’s degree in poetics from New College of California. She is the author of six works of prose, and one collection of poetry. Since 2005, she has operated Leon Works, an independent press for experimental prose and other thought-projects based in the sentence, making occasional forays into poetry.
World 3: Lydia Davis
November 12th, 7pm at Langley Hall in the main CalArts Building.
Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections. Her collection A Variety of Stories was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award of Merit Medal, and was named a Chevalier of the Order of the Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and her translations of modern writers, including Maurice Blanchot, Michel Leiris, and Marcel Proust. She is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize.
World 4: Bruce Robbins
Bruce Robbins is the Old Dominion Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. He works mainly in the areas of nineteenth and twentieth century fiction, literary and cultural theory, and postcolonial studies. He is the author of Perpetual War: Cosmopolitanism from the Viewpoint of Violence (2012), Upward Mobility and the Common Good: Toward a Literary History of the Welfare State (2007), Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress (1999), The Servant's Hand: English Fiction from Below (1986) and Secular Vocations: Intellectuals, Professionalism, Culture (1993). He has edited Intellectuals: Aesthetics, Politics, Academics (1990) and The Phantom Public Sphere (1993) and co-edited Cosmopolitics: Thinking and Feeling beyond the Nation (1998). He was co-editor of the journal Social Text from 1991 to 2000.
World 5: TBD
World 6: TBD