Critical Studies Lecture by Dr. Lauren Fournier

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 6:30 PM until 7:30 PMPacific Daylight Time

    Join the MA in Critical Studies program for a lecture
    by Dr. Lauren Fournier, Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Studies at University of Toronto

    In 2015 the “autotheory” trend boomed with Maggie Nelson’s Argonauts. This trend meshes personal narrative with theory and philosophy to situate oneself inside a larger world, and melds different ways of thinking in creative, unexpected ways. Lauren Fournier’s Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism traces this practice through early feminist conceptual art, video art, body art, and performance— especially in those feminist, queer, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) scenes that live on the edges of art and the academe. Autotheory describes a way of engaging with and practicing theory alongside lived experience and subjective embodiment. It challenges dominant approaches while enabling new ways  to critically reflect on our lives. 

    Lauren Fournier is a writer, curator, and filmmaker. She teaches artists' writing, autotheory and autofiction, and other experimental genres at the University of Toronto, where she is a postdoctoral fellow in visual studies. Her debut novella, an autofictional riffing on Chris Kraus's I Love Dick set in late-2000s east Vancouver, is forthcoming through Fiction Advocate (2021). Her book  Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism was recently published by The MIT Press (2021). She has written features and reviews for venues like C Magazine, Canadian Art, and Public Parking, and has edited the artist-led collections Fermenting Feminism and Critical Booch. Her projects have been featured and reviewed in such venues as T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Artsy, The Brooklyn Rail, Kunstkritikk, A*desk: Critical Thinking, Art the Science, and Dazed.

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