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Vulnerability, Viability and the Life of AIDS: Elisabeth Lebovici in conver...

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The IAS is pleased to announce a conversation with Elisabeth Lebovici to discuss her new book Ce que le sida m'a fait: art et activisme à la fin du XXe siècle (‘What AIDS has done to me. Art and Activism at the End of the 20th Century’, Zurich: JRP Ringier, 2017). Restoring the voices of friends in the fight against AIDS; articulating the "I" and the "we" of then and now; examining facts and affects little known to the French and European public; analyzing the epidemic of representation which followed the emergence of AIDS: such is the agenda of this book, conceived by Elisabeth Lebovici as a "discourse on method" in which the personal is always political, and public and private spheres are closely intertwined. Engaged alongside French and American AIDS activists, Elisabeth Lebovici was a privileged observer, as an art historian and journalist, of the debates of the 1980s and 1990s. In this book, Lebovici analyzes the relationships between art and activism at this pivotal moment, which she revisits from her memory as witness and survivor.

This conversation forms part of a series of platforms around the IAS research theme of ‘Vulnerability’ and will explore the way in which the self-remaking that AIDS wrought on survivors is reconstructed in Lebovici’s method: the self as vulnerable to reinscription and the book, as well as the artworks it engages, as permeable, exposed to and harbouring the traces of other bodies in their vulnerability. The limitations of vulnerability discourse for activism, especially where gender is concerned, will also be debated, as will the uses of anger as political affect and the political and aesthetic efficacy of strategic desublimation in art practice.

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Elisabeth Lebovici is an art historian and art critic, whose research, writings and lectures investigate the intersection of feminism, gender studies, queer politics, LGBT activism, and contemporary art. Among numerous publications, she is the author, with Catherine Gonnard, of Femmes/artistes, artistes/femmes, Paris de 1880 à nos jours (Paris: Hazan, 2007) and the blog www.lebeau-vice.blogspot.com.

Oliver Davis is Reader in French Studies at Warwick University (UK) and Co-Director of Warwick's Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts. He is the author of Jacques Rancière (Polity, 2010) and Rancière Now (Polity, 2013), among other works. Oliver’s research ranges across twentieth-century and contemporary French philosophy, aesthetics, critical theory, queer theory, and critical security studies.

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