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Natalie Loveless & Nathan Snaza | How to Make Art at the End of the World & Animate Literacies Launch


Join Glass Bookshop and Latitude 53 on Thursday, October 10 at 7pm to celebrate the launch of Natalie Loveless's How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation (Duke UP) and Nathan Snaza's Animate Literacies (Duke UP).

About How to Make Art at the End of the World:

In recent years, the rise of research-creation—a scholarly activity that considers art practices as research methods in their own right—has emerged from the organic convergences of the arts and interdisciplinary humanities, and it has been fostered by universities wishing to enhance their public profiles. In How to Make Art at the End of the World Natalie Loveless draws on diverse perspectives—from feminist science studies to psychoanalytic theory, as well as her own experience advising undergraduate and graduate students—to argue for research-creation as both a means to produce innovative scholarship and a way to transform pedagogy and research within the contemporary neoliberal university. Championing experimental, artistically driven methods of teaching, researching, and publication, research-creation works to render daily life in the academy more pedagogically, politically, and affectively sustainable, as well as more responsive to issues of social and ecological justice.

About Animate Literacies:

In Animate Literacies Nathan Snaza proposes a new theory of literature and literacy in which he outlines how literacy is both constitutive of the social and used as a means to define the human. Weaving new materialism with feminist, queer, and decolonial thought, Snaza theorizes literacy as a contact zone in which humans, nonhuman animals, and nonvital objects such as chairs and paper all become active participants. In readings of classic literature by Kate Chopin, Frederick Douglass, James Joyce, Toni Morrison, Mary Shelley, and others, Snaza emphasizes the key roles that affect and sensory experiences play in literacy. Snaza upends common conceptions of literacy and its relation to print media, showing instead how such understandings reinforce dehumanizations linked to dominant imperialist, heterosexist, and capitalist definitions of the human. The path toward disrupting such exclusionary, humanist frameworks, Snaza contends, lies in formulating alternative practices of literacy and literary study that escape disciplined knowledge production.

Natalie Loveless is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at the University of Alberta and editor of New Maternalisms Redux and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation.

Nathan Snaza teaches English literature, gender studies, and educational foundations at the University of Richmond.