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Call for Participants: “Police Aesthetics: Beyond Documentation” Workshop

By November 25, 2022January 17th, 2023No Comments

Are you interested in the aesthetics of policing? Does the phrase provoke, perplex, disturb, or confuse you? Or does it correspond exactly to the research you are doing?  Either way, OSUN faculty members and graduate students are invited to participate in a two-day workshop on February 3-4, 2023, at the Center for Human Rights & the Arts, Bard College that seeks to examine critically the aesthetic dimensions of policing. Not to celebrate or denounce, and certainly not to recuperate policing as a topic for art history or philosophy, but to develop an analytic language that goes beyond documentation. Led by scholars, activists, and artists, the workshop’s activities will range from interactive lectures to movement exercises to screenings. Interdisciplinary and experimental, the event will focus on interventions that move beyond documentary strategies of representing policing, including its violence and the political struggles against it. Participants are invited to respond to these interventions and begin to construct new frameworks for analyzing the practice of policing and its representation.

Interested OSUN colleagues should e-mail [email protected] by December 7th with a three-sentence statement of interest and a reference to one text, film, or artwork that could be included in a shared bibliography. Successful applicants will be notified by December 19th. The subject of the email should be “Beyond Documentation 2023.” Expenses for travel, lodging, and meals will be supported by the OSUN Center for Human Rights & the Arts.

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