Different Subjects: Aesthetics and U.S. Minority Discourse

March 23, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 PM
Kandice Chuh, English, University of Maryland
This talk brings together aesthetic theory and U.S. minority discourse. By doing so, Chuh illuminates the longstanding and intimate relationship between aesthetics and “difference,” and shows how the critical vantage of minority discourse revises trenchant understandings of, especially, aesthetic subjectivity. This new understanding serves as a basis for the theorization of a critical subjectivity that responds to the exigencies of both post-identity critique and the neo-liberal university.
Kandice Chuh is an associate professor of English and the Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Maryland, where she is affiliated with the American Studies Department and the Asian American Studies Program. She is the author of Imagine Otherwise: On Asian Americanist Critique (2003), and the co-editor, with Karen Shimakawa, of Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (2001). Chuh’s current book project investigates the possibilities of theorizing post-identity subjectivities through an engagement with aesthetic theories and philosophies.
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

Presented by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality; co-sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute.
This event is free and open to the public.  Venue is wheelchair accessible.  If you need sign language interpretation services or other accommodations, please let us know as soon as possible.
For more information, please call CSGS at 212-992-9540 or email csgs@nyu.edu.
image: Allan deSouza, he gazed into the liquid darkness in which desires drowned, from where the body’s delicious pains emerged, 2001, 20″ x 40,” C-print, courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery, NY