MAP Talk: Gemma Flynn (University of Edinburgh) "My Beautiful, Dark Twisted Fantasy: The Rise and Fall of Kanye West. Punishment & Spectacle"


Thursday, April 11, 2019, 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Tanner Room, Emerson 310

Abstract: Dr Gemma Flynn (University of Edinburgh) employs Debord’s Society of the Spectacle and critical theories of public punishment to propose the rise and fall of Kanye West as a distinct neoliberal phenomenon. This piece will aim to contextualize Kanye’s shift towards Trump-ian politics and consider the meaningful impact that this move has had on the undermining of objective truth. In understanding how West finds solace in Trump’s ‘Dragon Energy’, can we in the academy better appreciate how we might reassert ideas of objectivity in the creation of new knowledge? Can we mobilize critiques of the powerful from a place of compassion?

Open to all Harvard students.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Note: The Philosophy Department Film Series screening of "Sorry to Bother You" will follow. Feel free to stay and enjoy a full evening of philosophical discussion!