Gavage Objects: Force-feeding and Social Death

March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012

Patrick Anderson
Smith Buonanno 201
7:00pm

Patrick Anderson is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego, where he is also a faculty affiliate of Critical Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies. He works at the interstices of performance studies and cultural studies, focusing in particular on the constitutive role of violence, mortality, and pain in the production and experience of political subjectivity. He is author of So Much Wasted: Hunger, Performance and the Morbidity of Resistance (Duke University Press, 2010) and co-editor of Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008). His work-in-progress includes a mixed-genre book on illness and memory, and a critical study of the role of empathy in contemporary American performance practice and inter-cultural discourse.

Sponsored by the Office of International Affairs and the Departments of Comparative Literature and Theatre Arts and Performance Studies.