Symposium on Theory & Counter-History 

April 26, 1-5:30 PM at the University of Pennsylvania. Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 401, 3340 Walnut St. Philadelphia 19104.  Free & open to the public

The symposium will feature presentations by scholars whose work in different disciplines shares an investment in both re-thinking the historical formation of contemporary theory and re-theorizing history per se. With its rigorous and discussion-oriented format, the symposium aims to generate productive cross-disciplinary conversations regarding new models for thinking history, as well as for understanding the recent history—and potential futures—of contemporary theory.

Speakers include Ethan Kleinberg, Gabriel Rockhill, Kristin Ross and Gary Wilder. Discussants include Warren Breckman &Jennifer Ponce de León

Co-organized by Jennifer Ponce de León, Gabriel Rockhill & Andrew Baird. This is the first in a series of interdisciplinary symposia the Critical Theory Workshop and Theories of Counter-History / Counter-Histories of Theory working group at the University of Pennsylvania will co-organize in the coming years. The spring 2019 symposium is also co-sponsored by the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique Summer Program

July 1-19 at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

The Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique summer school is an intensive research program whose primary objective is to provide an international forum for trans-disciplinary and comparative work in critical social theory, in the most expansive sense of the term.

Guest speakers for 2019 include Paola Bacchetta, Antonio Negri, Jacques Rancière, Sophie Wahnich, and others TBC.

There is a rolling admissions policy and early applications are welcome. The final deadline is March 15, 2019. Click here to apply.


“Another Aesthetics is Possible,” College Art Association annual conference, New York, February 15, 2019.

Symposium on Theory & Counter-history University of Pennsylvania. Co-organized with Gabriel Rockhill & Andrew Baird. Sponsored by the Critical Theory Workshop/Atelier de Théorie Critique and the Theories of Counter-history /Counter-histories of Theory interdisciplinary working group and Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Against Conquest,” Latino Art Now! annual conference, University of Houston, April 4-6, 2019.

“The Dystopian Normal: Anti-Immigrant Politics, Racial Apartheid, and Securitization in Ricardo Bracho’s “Puto,” Latin American Studies Association annual conference, Boston, Massachusetts, May 27, 2019.


“The Art of Rebellion in the Fourth World War,” Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, October 5, 2018.

“Revolutionizing Aesthetics,” co-authored with Gabriel Rockhill, Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present annual conference, Tulane University, New Orleans, October 18, 2018.

“The Art of Moving through the Looking Glass” with Gabriel Rockhill and “Is the ‘Decolonial Turn’ a Colonial Return” with Rockhill and Seloua Luste Boulbina, Critical Theory Workshop/Atelier de Théorie Critique, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, June 18 & June 25, 2018.

“Against Representation, Beyond Human Rights: Radical Performance & Neoliberal Crisis in Buenos Aires,” Cities and Societies Workshop, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, April 30, 2018.

Disrupting the Apartheid Imagination,” College Art Association Annual Conference, February 24, 2018, 4-5:30 PM, LA Convention Center, Room 404 B.

Curator, Resurgent Histories, Insurgent Futures, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, September 7-30, 2017. The exhibition documents incisive instances of guerrilla cultural warfare from across the Americas: artistic practices engaged in struggles over political narratives, the meanings and direction of history, and the forging of collective futures. These experimental practices – which challenge codified conceptions of art – produce and disseminate culture in modes not beholden to state ideological apparatuses or the siloing of forms of knowledges these promulgate. Some of them also infiltrate official institutions and their representational protocols, using guerrilla tactics, critical mimicry, and biting irony to expose their sociopolitical functions or economic dealings that otherwise remain obscured.

Review of Resurgent Histories, Insurgent Futures published in The Brooklyn Rail, October 2017 issue.  

Organizer and Discussant, “Against Conquest: History from Below and to the Left,” Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, September 22,  2017. With Fran Ilich and Sandra de la Loza.

Counter-narratives of Security, State Violence and Terrorism,” Penn in Latin America and the Caribbean (PLAC) Annual Conference, University of Pennsylvania, October 12, 2017.

Anticolonial Critique & Utopian Speculation in Transmedia Art,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, November 9-11, 2017.

Zapatista Politics and Aesthetics in Experimental Media Art,” Zapata Vive, La Lucha Sigue: Legacies of the Zapatist Revolution on the Americas’ Indigenous and Communal Movements conference, organized by the Latin American and Latino Studies program, University of Pennsylvania, September 21, 2017.

Theorizing anticapitalist social art practices,”  Roski Visions and Voices speaker series, University of Southern California, Visions and Voices speaker series, September 19, 2017.

Toward a Counter-Hegemonic Aesthetics of History,” Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, July 17, 2017.

Unsettling Racial Geographies across the Americas & the Atlantic: Indigenismo, Anticolonial Critique and the Aesthetics of Deception,” Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference, April 13-16.

On State Terrorism & Class War: Radical Art in Argentina in the 21st Century,” Department of Comparative Literature Luncheon Lecture Series, Pennsylvania State University, March 27, 2017.

From Moctezuma’s Headdress to Zapatista Coffee: Gaming Cultural Heritage Debates,” College Art Association Annual Conference, February 15-18, 2017.

Communist Revolution Every Weekend in Apartheid Los Angeles:  Ricardo A. Bracho’s Puto,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, January 5-8, 2017.


Header photo credit: Sandra de la Loza / The Pocho Research Society for Erased and Invisible History.



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