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Lorraine J. Affourtit

MA/ Ph.D. Candidate
contemporary visual culture, Latin-American graphic art and protest, moving-image installation, viewer/ artwork dynamics, poststructuralism, visual semiotics
Research Interests: 

My research focuses on contemporary visual culture, graphic art of Latin America, social protest aesthetics, moving image installation, ethics, continental philosophy, poststructuralism, and visual semiotics.

Selected Presentations: 

"Paradoxes of Trace and Erasure:  Reading Derrida Through Kentridge," Semiotics Society of America, 39th Annual Meeting, Paradoxes of Life, October 2-5, 2014

Commissioned Public Lecture, "Nikki S. Lee in Your Pocket," March 11, 2014, University of California, Santa Cruz

Guest Lecture, "SWOON:  Printmedia and Social Change," Fall 2013, HAVC 46, Introduction to U.S. Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz

Guest Lecture, "Who is Nikki S. Lee?," Spring 2013, HAVC 141C Modern Art Pop to Present, University of California, Santa Cruz 

Guest Lecture, "Who is Nikki S. Lee?," Winter 2013, HAVC 45 Photography Now, University of California, Santa Cruz 

Teaching Interests: 

Modern and Contemporary Visual Culture

Visual Semiotics

Poststructuralism and Continental Philosophy

Latin-American Visual Culture 

Graphic Art and Protest Politics

Contemporary American Literature

Honors and Awards: 

Porter College Research Travel Grant, UCSC (2014)

Arts Dean Fund for Excellence (equipment sponsorship), UCSC (2014)

Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, UCSC (2013)

Arts Dean & Porter College Research Travel Grant, UCSC (2013)

Chancellor's Fellowship, UCSC (2012)

College of Humanities Hood Scholar Distinguished Award for Academic Excellence, SFSU (2011)

Edward B. Kaufmann Humanities Scholarship, SFSU (2009 & 2010)

Travel Grant, SAIC (1999)

Education and Training: 
M.A. San Francisco State University, Interdisciplinary Humanities (2011)
B.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2004)