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Variety of Futurisms

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Variety of Futurisms

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 12 – 1:30PM

Research Group Series:
First Session featuring Ronak Kapadia

Center for Discursive Inquiry at California Institute of the Arts presents a new research group under the theme of “Variety of Futurisms.” Convened by Sara Mameni, this series explores Afro-Arab Futurisms in contemporary art and cultural production. In the past decade artists have responded to ongoing wars and continued corporate/imperial practices in the Middle-East and North Africa with alternative visions of the future. We have seen national conceptions of Palestine as a single high-rise tended to by a woman in a space-suite in the work of Larissa Sansour for instance, and artists working under the heading of “Gulf Futurism” in response to fast growing urban spaces in the Persian/Arab Gulf region. In light of these practices, this research group attempts to contextualize Speculative Arab Futurism in relation to longer traditions of futurist resistance in Afrofuturism.

Ronak K. Kapadia is assistant professor of gender and women’s studies and affiliated faculty in Global Asian Studies and Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is author of the forthcoming Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War (Duke UP, 2019), which examines the visionary, world-making potential of contemporary art and aesthetics in the context of ongoing US war and empire in the Greater Middle East. With Katherine McKittrick and Simone Browne, he is co-editor of the 2017 special issue of Surveillance & Society on race and surveillance. His writings appear in Asian American Literary ReviewJournal of Popular Music StudiesFeminist Formations, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, and edited volumes including: Shifting Borders: America and the Middle East/North AfricaCritical Ethnic Studies: A Reader, and With Stones in Our Hands: Reflections on Racism, Muslims and US Empire. Kapadia has begun research toward his second book project, The Downward Redistribution of Breath, which develops a critical feminist theory of healing/justice in the wilds of imperial decline.


October 13
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States
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