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Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism: Lauren Fournier in conversation with Che Gossett

Event date: 
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis welcomes Lauren Fournier in conversation with Che Gossett for a celebration of Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and CriticismAutotheory--the commingling of theory and philosophy with autobiography--as a mode of critical artistic practice indebted to feminist writing and activism. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.
 
In the 2010s, the term "autotheory" began to trend in literary spheres, where it was used to describe books in which memoir and autobiography fused with theory and philosophy. In this book, Lauren Fournier extends the meaning of the term, applying it to other disciplines and practices. Fournier provides a long-awaited account of autotheory, situating it as a mode of contemporary, post-1960s artistic practice that is indebted to feminist writing, art, and activism. Investigating a series of works by writers and artists including Chris Kraus and Adrian Piper, she considers the politics, aesthetics, and ethics of autotheory.
 

Lauren Fournier is a writer, curator, and filmmaker who writes autotheories and autofictions for the page and the screen. She is currently an SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Studies, where she is working with Lisa Steele on a studio-based project that extends an autotheoretical approach to a critical consideration of whiteness, settler-colonialisms, and class. She has co-edited a special issue of ASAP/Journal on "autotheory" with her collaborator Alex Brostoff, which will be launched at UC Berkeley in May. Her first two books, an academic monograph through The MIT Press and an autofictional novel through Fiction Advocate are forthcoming in winter and spring 2021.

Che Gossett is a Black femme critical theorist. They are an alumnus of the Whitney Independent Study Program (2019-2020 in Critical Studies), a member of Creative Time's inaugural Think Tank cohort, and currently a graduate fellow at the Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. 

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Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism Cover Image
$42.00
ISBN: 9780262045568
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Published: The MIT Press - February 23rd, 2021

Autotheory--the commingling of theory and philosophy with autobiography--as a mode of critical artistic practice indebted to feminist writing and activism.


Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes Lauren Fournier in conversation with Che Gossett for a celebration of Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism. Autotheory--the commingling of theory and philosophy with autobiography.