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The UT Humanities Center & CAAS: Contemporary Arts and Society Research Seminar Present a Talk by Lokeilani Kaimana

The “CAAS: Contemporary Arts and Society” research seminar will host a talk by Lokeilani Kaimana on Monday, February 1, from 3:45-5 pm in 1210-1211 McClung Tower. (See attached poster.) The title of her talk is “Conscious Quiet: Modalities of Pause in Black Visual Culture.”

Kaimana is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research has been supported by her home institution’s Moody College of Communication, by the Five College Pre-Dissertation Fellowship at Smith College, and by the University of California-Los Angeles Film and Television Archive. She won the prestigious Five College Pre-Dissertation Fellowship at UT Austin, which awarded her $30,000 and a visiting lectureship during the 2014-15 academic year at Smith College, where she pursued her research interests that include queer cinema and media lineages, contemporary screen theory, queer-of-color critique, and the contingencies of radicalized embodiment and screen images. Her dissertation, “Visual Experiments in Speculative Cinema,” focuses on contemporary women of color artists Shu Lea Cheang, Julie Dash, Cheryl Dunye, and Tina Takemoto, whose critical reception, she argues, has been largely limited by identity categories.

Kaimana earned her A.B. from Smith and her M.A. from The New School. She has worked as an editor for flowtv, as a contributing member for English and Third World Literature Review of Books, and as part of the editorial collective for The Velvet Light Trap. Her work can be found in Film & History, The Velvet Light Trap, online at, and forthcoming in Black Cinema Aesthetics Revisited and the anthology We Carry these Memories inside of We: Daughters of the Dust and the Black Arts Aesthetic of Julie Dash.

The talk is supported by the UT Humanities Center, which hosts the CAAS research seminar, as well as the UT English Department and UT Cinema Studies.

More information about the CAAS research seminar can be found at

For more information about the visit and talk, contact Amy Elias (, Jered Sprecher (, or Dan Magilow (


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