June 30, 2021
...Another Aesthetics is Possible: Jennifer Ponce de León and Colleen Lye in Conversation
The conviction that “another world is possible” points us toward a world beyond capitalism and colonialism. What role can art and aesthetics have in the collective labor of creating and defending this other possible world? Jennifer Ponce de León discusses her recently published book, Another Aesthetics Is Possible: Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War (Duke University Press, 2021), which shows how artists and art collectives in Argentina, Mexico, and the United States have contributed to, and been influenced by, contemporary social movements and popular uprisings, including Zapatismo, anti-displacement struggles in L.A., international resistance to U.S. imperialism and the so-called “War on Terror,” and the grassroots human rights movement and 2001 uprising in Argentina. Dr. Ponce de León is joined by Colleen Lye in a conversation about aesthetics and anti-capitalist politics and the role of culture in contemporary class struggles.

Jennifer S. Ponce de León is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania where she is also faculty in Latin American and Latinx Studies and Comparative Literature. She is Associate Director of the Critical Theory Workshop/Atelier de Théorie Critique. She is currently writing Revolutionizing Aesthetics: Composing a World Beyond Art with Gabriel Rockhill for Columbia University Press’s series New Directions in Critical Theory.

Colleen Lye is Associate Professor of English at UC Berkeley, where she teaches courses on 20th and 21st century literature and critical theory. She is coeditor, with Christopher Nealon, of After Marx: Literature and Value in the 21st Century, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

This is the eleventh event in our year-long season dedicated to thinking about our contemporary moment through the lens of Cecilia Vicuña's work.

Another Aesthetics is Possible: Jennifer Ponce de León and Colleen Lye in Conversation

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