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Karen Benezra

Karen Benezra
Assistant Professor Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Institute for Latin American Studies, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
  • Address
    503 Casa Hispánica
    Department of Latin American & Iberian Cultures
    612 W116th Street
    New York NY 10027
  • Office Hours
    By appointment for the academic year 2017-2018
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Karen Benezra earned her B.A. in Languages and Literature from Bard College and Ph.D in Romance Studies from Cornell University. Her research focuses on Latin American visual art, literature and social theory of the twentieth century as well as questions of sublimation, social form, and political subjectivation.

Her current book manuscript, Dematerialization: Art and Labor in Latin America, focuses on art, industrial design, and aesthetic theory from the 1960s and 70s in an effort to show that the sensual materiality of the art and design object becomes the space in which to explore art and design's changing relationship to capitalism.

She is also working on a second book project that studies the relationship between political subjectivity and capitalist subsumption in social and psychoanalytic theory in Latin America in the 1960s and 70s.

Karen is also an editor for ARTMargins (MIT Press).