"Pleasure-Seeking in Pandemic End Times" Ronak K. Kapadia

Wednesday, August 23rd 2022 at 3:00pm - 4:30pm

 Join us for the last FREE talk and Q&A of our Surveillance and Pleasure Speaker series. We are happy to welcome Ronak K. Kapadia from the University of Illinois Chicago, to speak on "Pleasure-Seeking in Pandemic End Times"

Description of talk: 


At a time when the proliferating calamities of global fascism, neoliberal austerity, carceral governance, climate chaos, and endless warfare appear to be ascendant across the planet, how do minoritarian cultural workers living and laboring in the heart of empire make sense of this dying world order while breathing life into new worlds of pleasure and possibility through their art-making? The ecology of minoritarian art and activism emerging from today’s overlapping protest movements offer a powerful roadmap for understanding the dystopian here and now of US imperial decline and imagining rebellious futures that can move us from despair and isolation to coalition and transformation.

The talk will be moderated by Cam Hunters (Drs. Julia Chan and Stéfy McKnight) remotely at the University of Calgary and Carleton University. 

This event and screening will be done remotely using Zoom. A link will be emailed to registrants via eventbrite on the day of the event. 

Registration is FREE but limited. This event is open to the public but priority will be given to students, staff and faculty at the University of Calgary and Carleton University. Email stefy.mcknight@carleton.ca for accessibility needs. 

About the speaker: 

Ronak K. Kapadia (he/him/his) is a scholar, curator, and Associate Professor and Director of the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and affiliated faculty in Art History, Global Asian Studies, and Museum & Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago. An interdisciplinary cultural theorist of race, security, sensation, and empire in the late 20th and early 21st century United States, Kapadia is author of Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War (Duke University Press, 2019) which won the 2020 Surveillance Studies Network Best Book Prize. Insurgent Aesthetics theorizes the world-making power of contemporary art responses to US militarism in the Greater Middle East. Kapadia’s writing appears in Journal of Popular Music Studies, Feminist Formations, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Asian American Literary Review, Post45 Contemporaries, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures in the Americas and numerous edited volumes and art catalogs. With Simone Browne and Katherine McKittrick, Kapadia co-edited the 2017 special issue of Surveillance and Society on race and surveillance. He is currently at work on several public humanities collaborations, including a virtual seminar series on the reciprocal politics of bed space activism across contemporary social movements for disability justice, migrant justice, and abolition feminisms funded by the Mellon Humanities Without Walls Program and a curatorial project with the emerging Veteran Art Movement under the relational framework of the two “forever wars” in United States history — the "American Indian Wars" and the “Global War on Terror” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The latter project will culminate in Surviving the Long Wars, a co-curated Veteran Art Triennial and Summit in Chicago opening in March 2023. Finally, Kapadia is writing a new book, entitled Breathing in the Brown Queer Commons, which develop a critical theory of healing justice and pleasure through a study of the visual cultures of race-radical, queer, and trans migrant futurisms amidst the wilds of ecological chaos and US imperial decline.


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