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The Body and Violence as Mass Media Language in Gore Capitalism

Date & time
Thursday, March 12, 2020
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sayak Valencia


This event is free




J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheelchair accessible



During this presentation, Sayak Valencia will discuss what Gore Capitalism is and how it becomes Snuff politics in the borderlands. She will use examples of the ways that audiovisual devices and virtual social networks challenge and reshape the regime of truth, producing a bio-hyper-mediated subjectivity. She will also consider the ways that the contemporary body has become a platform for the production of a new media-disseminated common sense, leading to marked changes in subjectivity. Valencia will analyze trends, fashions, cultural appropriations, and corporeal appropriations that go viral and crystallize in diverse bodies and demonstrate the influence of virtual networks in the construction of the material world. 

Sayak Valencia is currently Professor and Researcher at the Department of Cultural Studies of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, a CONACYT research center. She has a doctorate in feminist criticism, theory and philosophy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is a poet, essayist and performance exhibitionist. She has studied with Judith Butler, Judith Halberstam, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Beatriz Preciado and Montserrat Galcerán Huguet. She has given lectures and seminars on gore capitalism, transfeminisms, Chicano feminism, postcolonial feminism, art and queer theory in various universities in Europe, Latin America and the United States. She has published the books: Gore Capitalism (Semiotext(e) /MIT, 2018), Capitalismo Gore (Paidós, 2016 and Melusina, 2010), Adrift's Book (Aristas Martínez, 2012), El reverso exacto del texto (Centaurea Nigra Ediciones, 2007), as well as diverse academic articles, essays and poems in magazines of Spain, Germany, France, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, and the United States of America.

This conference is presented in collaboration with OPTICA Centre d'Art Contemporain as part of the exhibition Un, dos, tres por mí y mis compañeras curated by Nuria Carton de Grammont, lecturer in the Department of Art History at Concordia University, and is sponsored by the Simone de Beauvoir Institute and the Acts of Listening Lab.

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