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Elizabeth Povinelli : « The Rise of Extimate Aesthetics »

[Paris • France]


The third lecture begins with the Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth—colonized, subaltern, black and brown, the Indigenous and others who make their way through the toxic spacings of radical risk, trudging between work that doesn’t pay and dwellings that cannot be inhabited, swamps that cannot be sustained or drained—in order to reexamine the concept of the cultic in aesthetic theory and the function of art in western philosophies of truth. Acting as a concluding discussion of politics and arts in the wake of the toxic earth, “The Rise of Extimate Aesthetics,” argues that what is needed is not a new account of art, aesthetics, and artists, but an accounting of how all three contribute to the maintenance and extension of an enchanted politics of toxic sovereignty and how new form extimate aesthetics may be emerging within and against it.


Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University where she has also been the Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Law and Culture. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University in 1991. She is the author of numerous books and essays as well as a former editor of the academic journal Public Culture.

Conférence enregistré dans le cadre d'une série de rencontres avec Elizabeth Povinelli, organisé par Université Paris 1 – Ecole des arts de la Sorbonne. Enregistré le 20 mars 2018 au Reid Hall – Columbia Center à Paris.