Lecture: ""The Sovereignty of the Senses," Ann Cvetkovich (UTexas, Austin) | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Lecture: ""The Sovereignty of the Senses," Ann Cvetkovich (UTexas, Austin)

March 31, 2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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This presentation will draw from a larger project that aims to articulate notions of sovereignty, democracy, and freedom in affective and sensory terms.  It conceives of sovereignty as an embodied practice rather than an abstract concept and as something that must be learned and experienced collectively over time rather than as a fixed and final condition of a sovereign or discrete individual or nation. Focusing in particular on how my work on affect has been informed by art practice, the talk will develop the concept of the “sovereignty of the senses” through a discussion of queer and feminist installation projects by Zoe Leonard, Rachael Shannon, and Karin Michalski that use built environments to transform affective, sensory, and social experience.


This lecture, open to all faculty and graduate students, is also the opening keynote lecture for the "Doing the Body in the 21st Century" conference at Pitt.

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