Katryn Williams Evinson
Katryn Evinson is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American & Iberian Cultures (LAIC) and the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS). Her research charts practices of creative resistance in 20th and 21st century Iberian visual culture. Katryn’s dissertation, The Spirit of Sabotage: Machine, State, Capital, studies interruption, infiltration, destruction, and misappropriation as persistent motifs in Spanish contemporary art to advance that a destructive ethos has become pivotal in the cultural logic of late capitalism. In her work, she is interested in foregrounding cultural constants that situate Iberian studies within the global society. Placing Iberian studies in dialogue with broader debates in visual studies, aesthetics and critical theory, her projects demarcate figures that circulate persistently yet whose framework has been inexplicit, bringing their heuristic qualities into relief.
Katryn’s was the 2018-19 recipient of the Fisher Center Pre-doctoral Fellowship at Hobart & William Smith Colleges and the 2018-19 recipient of the Public Humanities Fellowship. She was appointed Graduate Research Teaching Fellow by Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Excellence (2016-17) and Mellon Urbanism Fellow for Expanded Practice Seminar from Mellon Foundation (2015-16). She has forthcoming publications which will appear in boundary 2, Aracadia Editorial, and Pensamiento al margen: revista digital sobre las ideas políticas. Her reviews have appeared in LA Review of Books, Encrucijadas. Revista de Ciencias Sociales, and Revista FORMA.
Katryn holds an MA (Hispanic Studies) and MPhil (Hispanic Studies and ICLS) both from Columbia University. Prior to coming to Columbia, Katryn completed an MPhil in Romance Studies at Cornell University with a concentration in Spanish (2017). She holds an MA from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Aesthetics and Contemporary Art Theory (2013) with a thesis titled “Failure as an Aporia: The Politics of a Disobedient Structure.” In 2009, she received a BA degree (Licenciatura) in Humanities with a concentration in Philosophy from Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona.