Jennifer Ponce de León and Gabriel Rockhill: The Power of Aesthetics and the Aesthetics of Power

Jennifer Ponce de León and Gabriel Rockhill: The Power of Aesthetics and the Aesthetics of Power

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Armory Center for the Arts
145 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Jennifer Ponce de León is an interdisciplinary scholar who researches 20th and 21st century Left movements and cultural production in the Americas and Marxist, anticolonial, and postcolonial thought. She is associate professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also faculty in Latin American and Latinx Studies and Comparative Literature and affiliated faculty in Cinema Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She is the author of Another Aesthetics Is Possible: Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War (Duke University Press, 2021) and is associate director of the Critical Theory Workshop.

Gabriel Rockhill is a philosopher, cultural critic, and activist who publishes in English and French. His work is dedicated to a materialist analysis of the social totality, and it has thus far focused primarily on the three intertwining themes of history, politics and culture. He is the founding director of the Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique and professor of philosophy at Villanova University. He has published nine books, as well as numerous scholarly and journalistic articles, including most recently Contre-histoire du temps present (2017; available in English as Counter-History of the Present), Interventions in Contemporary Thought (2016), and Radical History & the Politics of Art (2014). 

Together they are co-authors of the book Revolutionizing Aesthetics: Composing a World Beyond Art, forthcoming from Columbia University Press.

This will be followed by Shana L. Redmond, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race (CSER) at Columbia University on Oct. 28; and finally Bojana Cvejić, Professor of Dance and Dance Theory at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Ana Vujanović, Associate team member and mentor at SNDO – School for New Dance Development, Academy of Theatre and Dance Amsterdam on Dec. 2.

All events are free and open to the public. Lectures will take place at Armory Center for the Arts. Events will be streamed via the Aesthetics and Politics Youtube channel, at