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Brian Price Lecture – "Aesthetic Inequality and Political Seriousness"


Screening Room
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.


Lecture Dr. Price  will consider what it means to be politically serious, offering a position in direct contrast to recent appeals to communism in the political theory of Alain Badiou, Bruno Bosteels, Jodi Dean, and Slavoj Zizek, and in the ongoing appeal to notions of equality that one finds in the work of Jacques Rancière and his admirers. You will be asked to entertain, instead, the idea that political seriousness involves a necessary belief in inequality as a path to political emancipation. Central to this idea is an understanding of the will as an aesthetic activity, and "aesthetics" as the re-description of inequality as a capacity for insistence. Without a capacity for insistence, nothing serious can occur. Without an experience of aesthetic seriousness, Price argues, no change in the social can be made. Price is Associate Professor in the Cinema Studies Institute and Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto. Price is a Block Visitor for Film and New Media Studies in Block 8 and is teaching FM200: Color and the Moving Image
Brian Price Lecture – "Aesthetic Inequality and Political Seriousness"
  • Open to Public: Yes
  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Sponsored By: Film and New Media Studies
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