GRADUATE STUDENT SPEAKER SERIES: “Radical Acts: A Dialogue on the Aesthetic and Political Histories of Resistance”

  • Durham Studio Theater

  • Thursday, February 2, 2017
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Our current political moment demands that we think carefully and closely about the legacies of protest in the United States. Such reflection is crucial for the cultivation of future activist imaginaries. To this end, Radical Acts: A Dialogue on the Aesthetic and Political Histories of Resistance, brings together feminist artist Sharon Hayes with feminist theorist and punk lifer Mimi Thi Nguyen for a discussion on the politics of telling and representing queer, feminist, and anti-racist histories. The dialogue will explore questions like: What does resistance look like during a Trump-led administration? In what ways are ideas of the U.S. nation state currently being reconfigured domestically and globally? How are the legacies of U.S. imperialism operative in the current re-emergence of ethno-nationalist sentiments? What is the future of, and for, radical acts under such conditions?

Mimi Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her first book is The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages (Duke University Press, 2012). Her following project is called The Promise of Beauty. She has also published in Signs, Camera Obscura, Women & Performance, positions, and Radical History Review. Nguyen has made zines since 1991, including Slander and the compilation zine Race Riot.

Sharon Hayes lives and works in Philadelphia. Hayes engages multiple mediums–video, performance, and installation–in ongoing investigation into specific intersections between history, politics and speech. Her focus on the particular sphere of the near-past is influenced by the potent imbrication of private and public urgencies that she experienced in her own foundational encounters with feminism and AIDS activism. Recent solo exhibitions include: Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland (2015); Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (2014); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2012); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2012); The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2011); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2011).


This event is co-sponsored by: ARC | Arts + Design, UC Berkeley / Arcus Chair for Gender, Sexuality and the Built Environment, College of Environmental Design / Center for Race and Gender/ Department of Ethnic Studies / Department of Gender and Women’s Studies / Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies / History of Art Department / Townsend Center for the Humanities