Civil War: Race Under Representation

Nov 21, 2019 / 3:00 pm
UC Irvine | Humanities 1010


To kick off this fall’s inquiry into Civil War, UCHRI is piloting an experimental, cross-campus seminar to discuss how racial formation and aesthetic tradition mutually constitute what we think of as the essential form of the civil subject: the autonomous, universal individual that has been a bedrock of Western political ideology since the Enlightenment.

Distinguished Professor of English David Lloyd (UC Riverside) will join UCHRI and the Civil War RRG for a public lecture and seminar discussion of his latest book, Under Representation: The Racial Regime of Aesthetics. The book explores the ways in which the founding texts of aesthetic philosophy ground (and are grounded by) the racial order of the modern world. A response will be given by Assistant Professor of Literature Ameeth Vijay (UC San Diego). After the talk, the audience is invited to participate in an open seminar discussion.

The lecture is free and open to the public. UCHRI is excited to livestream Professor Lloyd’s talk and Professor Vijay’s response via our YouTube channel, connecting students and faculty across the UC system and beyond.