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Laura Elisa Pérez: "Eros Ideologies: Writings on Art, Spirituality, and the Decolonial," and Other New Work

Date and Time: 
Monday, November 29, 2021. 12:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center Board Room
Workshop: 
Feminist, Queer, and Trans Studies Colloquium
Meeting Description: 

Eros Ideologies: Writings on Art, Spirituality, and the Decolonial (Duke University Press 2019) is an experimental work mixing various writing styles, from the poetic and journalistic to curatorial, and more traditional scholarship. Using both Western and non-Western thought concerning personal and social well-being, and drawing upon Jungian, people of color, and spiritual psychology alongside non-Western philosophies of the interdependence of all life forms, Laura Elisa Pérez (Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley) writes of the decolonial as an ongoing project rooted in love as an ideology to frame respectful coexistence of social and cultural diversity. She identifies art as one of the most valuable laboratories for creating, imagining, and experiencing new forms of decolonial thought. In dialogue with the work of pan-Latinx and hemispheric artists, including queer Guatemalan American artist, Alex Donis, queer Chilean American Liliana Wilson, Peruvian American Favianna Rodriguez, Cuban American Ana Mendieta, and Chicana artists Yreina D. Cervántez and Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, and Frida Kahlo, among others, Pérez argues that such work expresses what she calls "eros ideologies:" understandings of social and natural reality that foreground the centrality of respect and care of self and others as the basis for a more democratic and responsible present and future. Chela Sandoval wrote that Eros Ideologies is "An outstanding work of decolonial writing by one of the great Chicana feminist philosophers of our time," and MacArthur Award Fellow, psychologist, and artist Amalia Mesa-Bains wrote "Laura E. Pérez's newest book is a tour de force that integrates the mind-body-spirit through a series of writings that weave together the theoretical and the poetical within the context of decolonization."

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Image credit: Laura Elisa Pérez, Eros Ideologies: Writings on Art, Spirituality and the Decolonial (Duke University Press, 2019). Cover art and frontispiece: Mariana Ortega, Cómeme el corazón (2007), detail.

 

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