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Aesthetics and Activism: Freedom, Precarity, and Embodied Practices

  • Hilton Balitmore Baltimore, MD USA (map)

National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference

This roundtable brings together a group of scholar-artists-thinkers interested in the broader relationship between aesthetic practice, activism, and freedom. Drawing on iconography, the cult of celebrity, and pleasure, among other things, this roundtable grapples with the question, what might aesthetic practices provide to critiques of state violence, racial antagonism, and heteropatriarchy? 

Moderator: Jillian Hernandez, University of California, San Diego


Chandni Desai, University of Toronto

Anya Wallace, The Pennsylvania State University

Sarah Stefana Smith, The Pennsylvania State University

Erin Michelle Gray, University of California, Irvine