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Join Hari Kunzru, writer, journalist, activist, and author of the recent novel Gods Without Men (2011) in conversation with Iain Boal, social historian, activist, and cofounder of the Retort collective, an association of radical writers, artisans, and artists in the Bay Area. Kunzru and Boal are mutually concerned with the field of cultural production and power relations, and each is politically engaged with the possibilities and politics of public speech.
About Hari Kunzru
Kunzru wrote the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007), and Gods Without Men (2011) as well as a short story collection, Noise (2006). His work has been translated into 21 languages and awarded prizes such as the Somerset Maugham award, the Betty Trask Prize of the Society of Authors, a Pushcart Prize, and a British Book Award.
In 2003 Granta named him one of its 20 best young British novelists. Lire magazine named him one of its 50 écrivains pour demain. He is Deputy President of English PEN, a patron of the Refugee Council, and a member of the editorial board of Mute magazine. His short stories and journalism have appeared in diverse publications including the New York Times, Guardian, the New Yorker, Financial Times, Times of India, Wired, and New Statesman. He lives in New York.
About Iain Boal
Boal is especially interested in the relations among art, science, and representation. He is the author with T. J. Clark, Joseph Matthews, and Michael Watts of Retort’s Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War (2005). He is coeditor of West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California (2012), and his brief history of the bicycle, The Green Machine, is forthcoming from Notting Hill Editions. He is presently Research Fellow of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London.
MFA Social Practice Workshop
CCA's MFA Social Practice Workshop focuses on questions of aesthetics, ethics, collaboration, persona, media strategies, and activism—the intersection of art and actual social situations.