Cute, Small and Deadly: A Symposium on Aesthetics and Political Forms

FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017, 13.30 @ NYU-PRAGUE



a symposium on aesthetics and political forms

We live in strange times. ISIS, an international terrorist organization, uses kitten pictures to soften its public image. A right wing ideologue rises to the U.S. presidency via Twitter, a media platform that miniaturizes public speech and thrives on one liners. Meanwhile, nations wage war using tiny flying cameras that are also bombs, and the iconic symbol of resistance is a pink knitted hat with ears.

Join us for an afternoon of presentations and discussion with an international group of cultural critics. And learn about two important new books: Compact Cinematics (Bloomsbury) and The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness (Routledge). At 17.00, following the presentations, there will be a wine reception.


Neta Alexander, New York University

Michael DeAngelis, DePaul University

Jeremy Druker, NYU Prague

Pepita Hesselberth, Leiden University

Yasco Horsman, Leiden University

Anthony McIntyre, University College Dublin

Anna McCarthy, New York University

Diane Negra, University College Dublin

Maria Poulaki, University of Surrey

Jaroslav Svelch, Charles University




Toyen room

Richtruv Dum

Malé Náměstí 11

Praha 1


Sponsored by Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost, NYU