Master’s Program in Aesthetics and Politics

Theorist in Residence

This initiative invites theorists focusing on media, urban, or global studies to spend up to two weeks at CalArts to teach workshops, faculty seminars, and give a public lecture.  

Fall 2015

The Theorist in Residence for the Fall 2015 semester is Thierry de DuveThierry de Duve is Professor emeritus from the University of Lille 3, and was Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, for the fall semester of 2013. His English publications include Pictorial Nominalism (1991), Kant after Duchamp(1996), Clement Greenberg Between the Lines (1996, 2010), Look—100 Years of Contemporary Art (2001), and Sewn In the Sweatshops of Marx: Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp (2012). In 2013–14, he published six essays in Artforum, which he will gather in a book tentatively titled Duchamp’s Telegram. He is presently finishing a book of essays on aesthetics, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

As part of his residency, Thierry will deliver two public lectures and teach a closed, 1-credit block seminar (2 sessions) for MA program students. The public lectures will be at the West Hollywood public library, on Wednesday, November 4th, and at REDCAT, on Friday, November 6th. The REDCAT lecture will be the keynote address for our Fall conference, "When is art political?" 

Lecture 1: Wednesday 11/04, CalArts (Langley), 8pm. Free and open to the public. 

Lecture 2: Friday 11/06, REDCAT, 4:30pm. Keynote address for "When is art political?" conference. Visit for tickets. 

Spring 2015

Our Theorist in Residence for the Spring 2015 semester will be Judith Butler. As a Theorist in Residence, Judith will give 4 public lectures and teach a closed, 2-credit block seminar (4 sessions) for MA program students. The title of the seminar will be "Demonstrating Precarity: Vulnerability, Embodiment, and Resistance".  

Here is the schedule for the lectures: 

Lecture 1:  From Performativity to Precarity/Acts of Resistance (West Hollywood Public Library, Council Chambers, Friday, January 23rd, 7pm.)

Lecture 2:  "We, the People": Thoughts on Public Assembly (CalArts campus, LANGLEY, Friday, January 30th, 7pm.)

Lecture 3:  Vulnerability and Resistance (REDCAT, Wednesday, March 4th, 8:30pm.)

Lecture 4:  Interpreting Non-Violence (CalArts campus, LANGLEY, Friday, March 6th, 7pm.)

Spring 2014

Our Theorist in Residence for the Spring 2014 semester will be Fred Moten. This residency will mark Fred's second visit to the program. MA faculty Douglas Kearney is curating this year's residency. Planned events: 

  • tu, march 18th, 12n-1:30pm, calarts CUBE, MA student seminar, "black kant (pronounced cant)"
  • tu, march 18th, 7-9pm, interventions lecture, calarts BB4, "black kant (pronounced cant): an update"
  • th, march 20th, 12n-1:30pm, calarts CUBE, faculty seminar, "black kant (pronounced cant)"
  • th, march 20th, 8:30pm, public lecture, REDCAT, titled "the sustain: blackness and poetry"

Fred Moten is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside and a member of the Writing Faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. He received his A.B. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works), B. Jenkins (Duke University Press), and co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia). His forthcoming books are The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions) and consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press). In 2009 Moten was Critic-in-Residence at In Transit 09: Resistance of the Object, The Performing Arts Festival at the House of World Cultures, Berlin and was also recognized as one of ten “New American Poets” by the Poetry Society of America; in 2011 he was a Visiting Scholar and Artist-in-Residence at Pratt Institute; in 2012, he was Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University; and in 2013 he was a Guest Faculty Member in the Summer Writers Program at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa Institute. Moten served the American Studies Association as a member of the Board of Managing Editors of American Quarterly from 2004 to 2007 and has been a member of the Editorial Collectives of Social Text and Callaloo, and of the Editorial Board of South Atlantic Quarterly. He was also a member of the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine from 2002 to 2004 and a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York from 2001 to 2002. 

Spring 2013

The theorist in residence initiative was launched in the Spring of 2013. 

April 17th-18th: film-philosopher John Mullarkey will be teaching a faculty seminar on Wednesday and a student seminar on Thursday, as well as give a public lecture on Thursday, at 4pm, in LANGLEY on cinema, objects, and animals. 

March 14th: workshop with Brian Massumi and Erin Manning. At LANGLEY, from 4-7pm. Organized in collaboration with our colleagues from the Center for New Performance, who are hosting TEDx CalArts, on "Performance, Body, and Presence." 

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