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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"After Culture: The Ontological Turn and an Aestheics of Method and Measure"

"After Culture: The Ontological Turn and an Aestheics of Method and Measure" will be presented by Patricia Tincineto Clough on Friday, April 13th at 4pm in room 135 Nicholson Hall.

The Theory Reading Group, 20/21c Research Group, and Undergraduate Theory Reading Group, in collaboration with the department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL), are excited to announce an event that is coming up on Friday, April 13th (4:00pm, Nicholson Hall, Rm 135) with Patricia Ticineto Clough. Details of her talk are below, and there will be free pizza.
After Culture: The Ontological Turn and an Aesthetics of Method and Measure
Following the work of a new cohort of philosophers, critical science studies and media studies scholars, Patricia Clough rethinks the ontology of matter that is putting us after culture and cultural construction. She argues that in the afterward of culture, method and measure are transformed, coming into contact with affect and an aesthetic of beauty.
Patricia Ticineto Clough is professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College of the City University of New York. She is author of Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology (2000); Feminist Thought: Desire, Power and Academic Discourse (1994) and The End(s) of Ethnography: From Realism to Social Criticism (1998). She is editor of The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social, (2007) and with Craig Willse, editor of Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death (2011). Clough's work has drawn on theoretical traditions concerned with technology, affect, unconscious processes, timespace and political economy. More recently she has been creating performance pieces that draw on her work in Corona. These bring together sound and images with theoretical and autobiographical discourses. Her ongoing research project, Ecstatic Corona: Philosophy and Family Violence, is an ethnographic and historically researched experimental writing project about where she grew up in Queens, New York.