Modular Period IV 

The Transformative Aesthetics of Difference: The Artistic Imagination of Peace Studies
(Jennifer M. Murphy)

What is a transformative aesthetics and what place does it have in Peace Studies? This seminar-style course seeks to explore the idea of aesthetic agency, a concept that embraces difference and our capacities for making and remaking the symbolic forms that inform the frameworks of our understandings of knowledge(s) (its acquisition, transmission, production and reproduction). A more holistic approach to what has been traditionally considered “intellectual” and “cognitive development” includes sharpening our capacities of perception and cultivating our creative sensibilities (our creative agency) so that we create diverse spaces for seeing, being and feeling our place(s) in our particular social, political and cultural contexts (critical relationality). It also opens up new ways of considering and reconsidering social structures and relationships and how the world might possibly be negotiated, reorganized and contested.

Our exploration of a transformative aesthetics of difference links up with a theoretical journey through Critical Pedagogy, Intersectionality, Coloniality of Power/Gender and Postcolonial Studies in order to deeply explore matrixes of domination and exploitation and the interlinked relationships and overlapping systems of oppression of race, class, gender, sexualities, nation, disability, ethnicity, colonialisms, etc. Yet, in spite of these relationships of unequal power relations that result in structures (and reproduced structures) of domination, segregation, marginalization and exclusion, it is our artistic imagination(s) that allow us to critically and creatively make and remake ourselves in continuous processes of (self)transformation.


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