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Visionary Aesthetics: Flight, Fantasy, & Freedom on the Frontiers of U.S. Empire


Center for Creative Photography
1030 N Olive Rd.
85719 Tucson , AZ


Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:00pm


Miranda Joseph Endowed Lecture 2018, UA Institute for LGBT Studies

Dr. Ronak K. Kapadia, University of Illinois at Chicago

This talk advances queer, feminist, anti-colonial, and indigenous modes of thinking about the futures of Palestine at the borderlands of US empire. Kapadia argues that a queer feminist analysis of visionary
aesthetics in the work of London-based Palestinian visual artist Larissa Sansour provides an alternate lens through which to understand the “facts-on-the-ground” of contemporary US/Israeli security policing and counterinsurgency warfare in Palestine. By closely reading her science fiction film trilogy series as a form of knowledge and critique, Kapadia questions what speculative architecture, outer space, and Arab futurisms together might yield for thinking Palestinian liberation and indigenous sovereignty otherwise. This talk further probes the speculative ends of US empire and its forever wars of security and counterterrorism. Ronak K. Kapadia is assistant professor of gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is author of the forthcoming Insurgent Aesthetics of the Forever War: Art and Performance after 9/11 (Duke University Press).

Reception immediately following.


Cosponsored by UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UA College of Humanities, UA College of Medicine, UA Common Ground Alliance, UA Department of English, UA Education, Frances McClelland Institute Children, Youth, and Families, UA French & Italian, UA Gender & Women's Studies, LGBTQ+ Resource Center, UA Office for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence, and the UA Poetry Center.