Events

2024-2025 Theme:

“Abolition”

For the academic year 2024-2025, the Center for Visual Cultures’ year-long public series will focus on the theme of “Abolition.” Abolition is a contemporary transcultural effort to combat different instances of discrimination, injustice and stigma. Our program visualizes an end to all systems of oppression, including the violent maintenance of the gender binary. The past few years have shown us that neoliberal visions of a post-race society are (as they have always been) a myth. As we reel under new (but also continuing) crises—the demonization of critical race theory, animosity towards diversity frameworks, attacks on bodily autonomy from reproductive rights to trans and queer agency—how may we consider abolition today? The work of the arts and humanities in this scenario is clear and urgent: racial discrimination, gender inequities, class divides have not only not disappeared, they are also being exacerbated by global north/global south divides, new, virulent forms of right-wing populism, climate injustice, and the marketing of violent governmentalities from the “first” to other worlds.

Please join us!

The CVC has a video archive available upon request.

Please contact us if you would like to view a particular lecture from Fall 2018 – Present.

 

Syrus Marcus Ware

 

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LECTURE

Irresistible Revolutions: Systems Change and Art at the Edge of the Future

Thursday, September 19, 2024
5 PM CDT
Elvehjem L140

WORKSHOP*

Creating Change: Practicing the Future Together

Friday, September 20, 2024

*Please contact cvc@mailplus.wisc.edu for required readings and reading notes.

Jonathan Flatley

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LECTURE

Thursday, October 24, 2024
4 PM  CDT

WORKSHOP*

Friday, October 25, 2024
12 PM CDT
University Club Room 313

*Please contact cvc@mailplus.wisc.edu for required readings and reading notes.

Usha Iyer

 

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LECTURE

Indian Cinema and the Caribbean: Media in the Wake of Enslavement and Indenture

Thursday, October 10, 2024
4 PM  CDT

WORKSHOP*

Abolition and Pedagogy

Friday, October 11, 2024
12 PM CDT
University Club Room 313

*Please contact cvc@mailplus.wisc.edu for required readings and reading notes.

Sponsors:Our work is made possible by support from the University Lectures, the Anonymous Fund, the College of Letters and Sciences, and the Department of Art History. Series co-sponsors include the Departments of Afro-American Studies, American Indian Indigenous Studies, Art, Communication Arts, Dance, Design Studies, and Spanish & Portuguese, as well as Abolition & Refuge: Borghesi-Mellon Workshops, Center for Design & Material Cultures, Center for the Humanities, Center for Research on Gender & Women, Chazen Museum of Art, Division of the Arts, Institute for Research in the Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies Program, Nelson Institute, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, Wunksheek.

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