2017 Speaker Series – Art & Politics: A Conversation


The Graduate Philosophy Society at Emory has organized an exciting event as part of our 2017 Speaker Series. The event is entitled Art and Politics: A Conversation, and will be a panel discussion between Prof. John Lysaker, Prof. Mariana Ortega, and Fahumu Pecou (an ILA graduate student) – guided by questions collected from the Emory community.

We’d also be very grateful to you if you could share this event widely, and especially encourage undergraduate students to send in suggestions for questions and to attend the event! Below, you’ll find full details about the event and how to submit your suggestions, as well as some introductory notes for guidance.

Event Details:

When: Friday February 24th at 3:30pm
WhereWhite Hall 112
What: Panel discussion about the political work art does in its encounter with an audience.
Who: Our three panelists are: Dr. John Lysaker (Emory University), Dr. Mariana Ortega (John Carroll University), and Fahamu Pecou (Emory University). Their scholarly work explores the political functions of art and the aesthetic. Interestingly, Dr. Ortega and Mr. Pecou are also artists in their own right. Learn more about their work by clicking on the links above.

Art has many political functions, including:

  • disrupting identities and stereotypes
  • preparing us for receptivity, particularly as a part of a democratic culture
  • conforming to or resisting forms of propaganda and censorship
  • archiving resistance, complicity, and historical memory
  • staging an identity: creating a space in which an identity can emerge, transform, or be contested
  • disrupting and re-membering historical narratives for particular peoples
  • containing single or multiple acts of resistance
  • establishing norms of taste
  • maintaining, inventing, soliciting or cultivating an interpretative frame for the world

The conversation between our panelists will be moderated by one of our graduate students and guided by questions we collect, in advance, from the Emory community. There will also be time for Q&A with the audience following the moderated discussion.

We would like you to contribute!

Please submit your questions pertaining to the topics listed above to 2017philosophyspeakerseries [at] gmail [dot] com or submit them using this Google Form [link disabled]. We’ll use them to help build a panel discussion reflective of our community’s interests.

We look forward to seeing you there!