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Perilous Border Crossing and Aesthetic Unsettlement

Apr. 2 @ 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Annual Honi Haber Memorial Speaker Event – Perilous Border Crossing and Aesthetic Unsettlement 

This talk will explore how one can critically analyze the experience of migration, specifically Latinx migratory border crossings, through both aural and visual works and the affective responses as a result. This “aesthetic unsettlement” allows for a perceiver to move away from dominant reactions and make space for new reactions of border-crossers and border crossings themselves.

Lecture by Dr. Mariana Ortega, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University.

While discursive and theoretical engagements with Latinx migratory crossings are deeply important for critical analysis of the experience of migration and its ramifications, it is also crucial to examine these issues by way of an investigation of aesthetic registers that prompt affective responses. This presentation examines the manner in which both visual and aural artistic works that disclose the experience of perilous border crossings, present us with the possibility of aesthetic unsettlement. Through aesthetic unsettlement, a possibility is opened for a perceiver to move away from dominant, ready-made reactions, understandings, and interpretations of border-crossers as well as of the experience of border-crossing itself.

April 2nd, 2024 at 3:30pm

Lawrence Street Center, Terrace Room 

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP 

Sponsored by the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Denver.