The 2021-22 Experiencing Images: How the Visual Shapes Our World speaker series continues at 6 p.m. April 6 at the University Galleries with Dr. Kaitlin Murphy presenting “Rethinking the Politics and Practices of Monumentality and Monumentalization.”  

Register for the Zoom presentation.  

Monuments are under scrutiny. Murphy will examine the fundamental inquiry about not just what monuments are but, more importantly, what monuments are intended to do for and within a body politic. Murphy will explore the critical visual role monuments have in shaping historical narratives and cultural reckoning with racist, violent pasts and their lived afterlives. 

Kaitlin Murphy is chair, director of Graduate Studies, and associate professor in the Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory graduate interdisciplinary program at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Mapping Memory: Visuality, Affect, and Embodied Politics in the Americans (Fordham UP), co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Memory Activism, and currently at work on two book-length projects. Murphy received a Ph.D. in performance studies and a master’s degree in visual culture, both from New York University. 

This event is organized by graduate student Holly Filsinger as part of her year-long speaker series, Experiencing Images: How the Visual Shapes Our World

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