Lecture by Teresa de Lauretis organized by the Chair of Artistic Studies. 20th / 21st centuries


Lecture Image and figure, the body and the sexual 

Teresa de Lauretis was born and educated in Italy. Shortly after completing her doctorate in Modern Languages and Literatures at Bocconi University in Milan, she relocated in the United States and held academic positions at the Universities of Colorado, California and Wisconsin, where she taught Italian language and literature, semiotics, feminist studies, and film studies. In 1985 she was appointed Professor of the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also held visiting professorships in Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Chile, and Argentina, as well as the United States. Among many other awards, she received doctorates honoris causa from the University of Lund (Sweden) and the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina). Since her retirement in 2008 as Distinguished Professor Emerita of the History of Consciousness, de Lauretis has continued to lecture and hold Seminars internationally. In the summer semester 2017 she was Visiting Professorship at the Freie Universität–Berlin.

De Lauretis is the author of ten books, including Alice Doesn’t, Technologies of Gender, The Practice of Love, Figures of Resistance, Freud’s Drive, and more than one hundred essays originally written in English or Italian. She edited or co-edited three volumes of essays and two journal special issues, including the “Queer Theory” issue of differences. Anthologies of her works are published in French, Spanish, Italian, and Finnish, and her writings have been translated into 14 other languages. A symposium on her work was held at Swarthmore College on November 5-7, 2015. She is currently working toward a theory of reading and spectatorship based on figurality and the psychoanalytic concepts of transference and translation. In progress: “The Sum of All Her Yesterdays,” a reading of Djuna Barnes’s The Antiphon.


IVAM-UV-UPV-UMH (Institut Valencià d’Art Modern-Universitat de València-Universitat Politècnica de València-Universidad Miguel Hernández)

Directors: Giulia Colaizzi/ Marina Pastor

The aim of second edition of the Chair of Artistic Studies,  will consist in encouraging this reflection about the life of images both in the world of art and in social life, including imaginary. It will do so broadmindedly, avoiding academic, artistic or technological restrictions, but, nevertheless, thriving on and taking advantage of all the academic, museum-based and institutional aids at its disposal. For that reason, the fact that it is held at the IVAM is propitious because it can enrich its activities with the reflection about exhibitions, installations or lectures, and also the series of projections.