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Beautiful Justice: The Aesthetics of Oppression and Freedom

Audrey Bennett
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
1:00-2:30 PM
Tribute Room School of Education Map
What role does aesthetics play in the struggle for social justice? Aesthetic judgments saturate our interactions with media, from billion-dollar advertising campaigns to texts from ancient philosophy. However, aesthetics also play a crucial role in our lived experience of oppression and freedom. From the racist claims for white beauty as superior genetics to the liberating music inspirations of reggae, hip-hop, and soul, the aesthetic dimensions of struggles for social justice, and the hidden politics behind aesthetic perceptions, have received little attention. This presentation revisits the historical and cross-disciplinary conversations around aesthetics as beauty through form and function and introduces beautiful justice, a design framework that aims to extend the discussion to include justice.
Building: School of Education
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Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: AEM Featured
Source: Happening @ Michigan from National Center for Institutional Diversity, Penny W Stamps School of Art & Design