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Sianne Ngai

Theory of the Gimmick:
Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form
April 29, 2021

Organizer: Dilip Gaonkar.
Presenter: Sianne Ngai.
Discussants: Mark Greif, Joseph Jonghyun Jeon, and Leigh Claire LaBerge.

Theory of the Gimmick

who we are

The Center for Transcultural Studies is a leading research institution that creates new forms of cultural understanding for a rapidly internationalizing world. Its major objectives are:

  1. to work with colleagues around the world to develop critical understandings of the forces shaping contemporary life;
  2. to design international projects that transform research, teaching, and policy-making by sharing institutional resources and innovatively using the latest in telecommunication technologies; and
  3. to inform expert and lay audiences in the United States and abroad about contemporary cultural issues affecting us all.


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Democratic Agendas Network

Democratic Agendas Network

Launched in 2017, the Democratic Agendas Network (DAN) is a framework for integrating projects and dialogues related to the career of democracy and its futures.

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Questioning the Present

Questioning the Present

The Questioning the Present project was launched in 2020 as a response to the contemporary political, economic, and social conditions in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Modernity, Media, and Aesthetics

Modernity, Media, and Aesthetics

Modernity, Media, and Aesthetics is a new project that is committed to assembling scholars to explore the topic of modernity, media, and aesthetics in the context of a vast and uneven field of aesthetic forms circulating in global networks.

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WHO WE ARE

The Center for Transcultural Studies is a leading research institution that creates new forms of cultural understanding for a rapidly internationalizing world.

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