Sianne Ngai

PTDW Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Tuesday, February 08, 6:30 p.m.

This is an online lecture open to the SAIC community. If you are a member of the SAIC community and are interested in attending, please email for a link to this event.

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Sianne Ngai is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Ugly Feelings (2005), Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting (2012), and Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form (2020). A roundtable on comedy featuring Ngai, Lauren Berlant, and Alenka Zupančič was recently published in Texte Zur Kunst (March 2021). She is currently working on a book about the ways in which Marx, Hegel, and a number of writers and artists inhabit error.

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