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  • Profile:

    Aliza Shvarts is an artist, writer, and scholar whose work deals broadly with queer and feminist understandings of reproductive labor and temporality.  She holds a BA from Yale University and is currently a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at NYU. She is a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art and a member of the editorial board of Women & Performance, a journal of feminist theory.

    Degrees Held:

    Ph.D. (ABD), Performance Studies, NYU

    M.A., Performance Studies, NYU

    B.A., summa cum laude, Yale University (English; Art)

    Professional Affiliations:

    Women & Performance, a journal of feminist theory (editorial board)

    College Art Association (CAA)

    Cultural Studies Association (CSA)

    American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

    Modern Language Association (MLA)

    American Studies Association (ASA)

    Recent Publications:

    “Kannon/Canon” (liner notes).  Kannon, SunnO))) (Southern Lord: forthcoming 2016).

    Special Issue: Living Labor, Women & Performance. Guest edited by Aliza Shvarts and Joshua Lubin-Levy (forthcoming Spring 2016).

    “Queer Influence,” SALT: Contemporary Art and Feminism Magazine, Issue 7: Heterophobia (London, 2015).

    “Black Wedding,” The Brooklyn Rail, Special Issue: Polyphony (Brooklyn, February 2015).  http://www.brooklynrail.org/2015/02/criticspage/black-wedding

    “Troubled Air: SunnO)))’s Metal Maieutic”. Special Issue: The Haptic, Women & Performance. Ed. Rizvana Bradley (Spring 2015).

    The Con”. TDR/The Drama Review. Summer 2014, Vol. 28, No. 2 (T222): 2-3. Cambridge: MIT University Press.

    “A seam that sutures the biological to the aesthetic.” Studies in the Maternal, Special Issue: Non-Reproduction: Politics, Ethics, Aesthetics, Vol 1, Issue 6 (2014), Birkbeck University of London. http://www.mamsie.bbk.ac.uk/

    “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Rape Kit”. Extensions: The Online Journal of Embodiment and Technology. Special Issue: “Anxieties of Overexposure: Enlargements, Contagions, and the Dark”. Issue 6 (October 2011).  Republished in Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader. Ed. Patrick Keilty and Rebecca Dean (Sacramento: Litwin Press, 2013).

    “On Intimacies and Writing Histories of Performance: An Interview with Amelia Jones”, Oratures Vol 1 (2013), Performance Studies NYU. http://performance.tisch.nyu.edu/object/OratureVolI.html.

    “Figuration and Failure, Performance and Pedagogy: Reflections Three Years Later”. Women & Performance, a journal of feminist theory. Vol.21, No. 1 (2011): 161-168. London: Routledge,Taylor & Francis.

    Performances And Appearances:

    “Appropriated Autobiography” (with Maura Brewer and Marisa Williamson). Whitney Independent Study Program Studio Exhibition: Public Events. The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. New York, NY (June 2015).

    “A Curse” (paper presentation), Whitney Independent Study Program Symposium, “Critical Perspectives on Visual Culture.” Respondents: Benjamin Buchloh and Carrie Lambert-Beatty. The Whitney Museum.  New York, NY (May 2015).

     “Queens of Welfare/Pawns of Capital: Reframing welfare debates through archives, public discussion, and brunch” (with Fraces Fox Piven, Silvia Federici, Mimi Abromowitz, Premilla Nadesen, and Arlen Austin).  Abrons Art Center.  New York, NY (May 2015).

    “Soap Box Session: Directing Action” (with Carlos Salazar Lermont and Liberate Tate).  ]performance space[. London, UK (April 2015).

    “Learning to Speak in a Future Tense: A One-Night Workshop” (with Cassandra Guan, Marisa Williamson, and Thomas Love).  Abrons Art Center. New York, NY (March 2015)

    “FRIDAY SESSION: Emma Sulkowicz, Zoe Ridolfi-Starr, and Aliza Shvarts in Discussion.” Columbia University Art School.  New York, NY (November 2014).

    Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies (conference co-organized with Joshua Lubin-Levy).  Keynote addresses by Fred Moten and Sianne Ngai. Performance Studies, NYU (April 2014).

     “Black Capitals: Contracts and Consent” (paper presentation), American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. NYU, New York. (March 2014).

    “Enduring Noise” (co-convened with Amalle Dublon and Rizvana Bradley), 130th Annual Modern Language Association Convention. Chicago, Il (January 2014).

    Research Interests:

    -performance studies, speech act theory, performativity

    -modern, postwar, conceptual, and contemporary art

    -feminism and queer theory

    -black studies and critical race studies

    -marxism and political philosophy

    -film theory, weimar cinema, horror film

    -sound studies, metal

    Awards And Honors:

    Helena Rubinstein Fellowship for Critical Studies. Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, 2014-2015.

    Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant (article). 2014.

    Stefanos Tsigrimanis Artistic Scholar Award. New York University, 2014.

    Paulette Godard Award for Excellence. New York University, 2012/2014.

    Spotlighted Scholar Award. University of California Los Angeles, 2010

    Lloyd Mifflin Prize for Senior Thesis in English Literature. Yale University, 2008.

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