Join Monique Roelofs in a discussion of her new book Arts of Address: Being Alive to Language and the World (Columbia University Press, 2020).
Modes of address are forms of signification that we direct at living beings, things and places, and they at us and at each other. Seeing is a form of address. So are speaking, singing and painting. Initiating or responding to such calls, we participate in encounters with the world. In readings of writers and artists ranging from Julio Cortázar to Jamaica Kincaid and from Martha Rosler to Pope.L, Roelofs demonstrates the centrality of address to freedom and a critical political aesthetics. Hume, Kant and Foucault enter into conversation with Fanon and Anzaldúa. Drawing on a wide array of artistic and theoretical sources and challenging disciplinary boundaries, the book illuminates address’s significance to cultural existence and to our reflexive aesthetic engagement in it.
Monique Roelofs is currently a visiting scholar in the political science department at Amherst College and a professor of philosophy at Hampshire College. Please also join us in congratulating Monique and wishing her well before she moves onto a new position as professor of philosophy of art and culture in the philosophy department at the University of Amsterdam. She will also be chairing the department's Critical Cultural Theory Group.
This event will take place over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.