ASA 2021

ASA is virtual this year but I’m actually serving as chair/comment on the “Creativity and Revolt In / Against Histories of Violence” panel. This panel, which is sponsored by the Visual Culture Caucus, invites exploration of the fraught, often unpredictable relationships between creativity and revolt in histories of violence.  What forms of creativity and revolt in response to violence get recognized as such?  Which ones get buried, overlooked, or obscured?  What objects and images record these histories?  And how might we read them with an eye toward what might otherwise go unseen? I’ll look forward to learning more from Elijah Gaddis, Louise Davis, and Judith Ridner.