Thursday, January 24, 6:30pm in the Mediatheque
Co-Presented with the MFA in Visual Studies Program
Author, publisher, and critic Chris Kraus joins the MA in Critical Studies program to talk about her new collection, Social Practices, which is described as “essays on and around art and art practices” published by Semiotext(e), the legendary radical imprint where Chris has been a driving force since the 1990s.
Chris Kraus (b. 1955) is a Los Angeles–based writer, art critic, and editor whose novels include I Love Dick (1997), Torpor (2006), and Summer of Hate (2012). Her writing navigates and mediates seamlessly between autobiography, fiction, philosophy, and art criticism. She teaches creative writing and art writing at The European Graduate School / EGS and has been a visiting professor at the Art Center College of Design, the University of California at San Diego, New York University, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Los Angeles Contemporary Archives. Along with Sylvère Lotringer and Hedi El Kholti, Kraus is co-editor of the influential publishing house Semiotext(e), which has introduced much of contemporary French theory to an American audience, and published writers such as: Abdellah Taia, Veronica Gonzalez Pena, Mark Von Schlegell, Robert Gluck, Natasha Stagg, and Dodie Bellamy.
Situated in the context of a 21st-century art school, the MA in Critical Studies examines overlaps and tensions between critical theory and visual studies and investigates the role critical theory and artistic production can play in transforming institutions and ideologies. The program is designed to help students develop modes of research, thinking, and writing that cross disciplinary boundaries.
The two-year required course sequence builds from identifying issues and ideas in critical theory and cultural studies to providing students with the methodological, research, writing, and professional skills they need to ask significant questions and to investigate those areas of inquiry in a thesis project of their own design.
The thesis research occurs during the first year; the thesis writing occurs during the second year, resulting in both an academic research paper finished in the third semester and a work of publishable writing or piece of public scholarship based on the student’s professional interest in the fourth semester.
Allotting two years to complete the 45-credit MA program provides time for students to take electives that support their research interests, to work at jobs that sustain their professional and financial needs, and to complete thesis projects in a timely manner. The two-year program also allows students to have the summer off for independent research, work, fellowships, travel, or internships.
We make a range of scholarship and funding opportunities available to all accepted applicants.
Many forms of financial assistance are available to our students.
Merit scholarships are assessed based on the student’s personal history of scholastic achievement, as well as their contributions to culture and community. Consideration will also be given to traditionally underrepresented students and those who demonstrate financial need.
The Critical Research Fellowship allows one student the opportunity to gain scholarly research experience and learn about academic publishing by acting as a research assistant to the Program Chair for the academic year.
Writing Fellowships are awarded to students with exceptional writing skills who can serve as writing consultants for students at PNCA.
MA students can apply for Teaching Assistantships which afford students the opportunity to work in the classroom and gain pedagogical experience pending completion of a Critical Pedagogy class. TAs are compensated per semester once they are placed in a class.
Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships. These can be found by searching online databases including the U.S. Department of Labor’s free scholarship search tool, and sites such as Fastweb, Scholarships.com, and Scholarshipsportal.
BridgeLab Career Services can connect students with opportunities for paid work including on-campus positions and off-campus internships. Some of these are available to international students.
Travel Awards support students presenting at academic conferences.
Conversations are enlivened by visiting writers and scholars throughout the year. These visiting scholars and writers include Maggie Nelson, Sarah Schulman, Walidah Imarisha, C. Riley Snorton, Z. Nicolazzo, Allan de Souza, and Cheryl Strayed.