My talk from the 2019 SoCal MAP workshop is now available through my website or through my academia.edu page.

Thank you to the organizers who put together an amazing event that gave us an opportunity to talk about important issues, to everyone who came in support, and to everyone for their kind encouragement. It meant more than I can say.

I will be giving a talk entitled “Can philosophy be separated from the philosopher?” at the SoCal Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Workshop on April 27th. Discussions will range from pedagogy to ethical considerations. Please come show your support.

Saturday April 27, 2019. 10am-5pm

UCLA, Philosophy Department, Dodd Hall, Common Room 399

Program downloadable here: 2019 SoCal MAP

The UCLA philosophy Feminist Theory Reading Group is meeting on Thursday February 21st from 6pm-8pm at Dodd Hall Common Room 399. We will be discussing “Divine Women” by Luce Irigaray. We will also be handling administrative issues and electing positions on our committee. Everyone across disciplines, fields, and identities is welcome.

Next week is the 2018 Northeast Popular Culture Association conference at Worcester State University: https://nepca.blog/2018-conference/

I will be presenting my paper on Friday October 19th, entitled Frankenstein‘s Justine Moritz: the Female Monster and Her Body. I analyze Plato and Aristotle’s construction of the female body as deformed and dysfunctional, i.e. monstrous, in the context of Frankenstein, and how the embodiment philosophy of George Lakoff and Mark Johnson suggests an alternative view of both male and female bodies.

If you’re in the area, come show your support.

I will be competing in the Pole Sport Organization’s Pacific Regionals 2017 to be held on April 8th-9th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I will perform on the morning of the 8th in the Championship category, Level 2. If you’re in the area, come support dancers who work strenuously to demonstrate the beauty of strength and the grace of aerial arts.

For more information: Pole Sport Organization-Pacific Regionals 2017

I will be attending the R.A.W. (Research Art Writing) conference at the University of Texas, Dallas on February 24-25, 2017. My paper will address the “Scary Clown” phenomenon of autumn 2016 in the United States, and its relationship to the political climate surrounding the presidential election. If you’re in the area, come show your support for teratology and the scholars who dedicate themselves to this important field. More information can be found at the event’s website: http://www.utdgsaraw.com

Paper Title: Clowning Around: The Monstrosity of Politics, Terror, and the Scary Clown Phenomenon of Fall 2016

Abstract: During the last phase of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a phenomenon of “Scary Clowns” in which individuals terrorized their communities by dressing up as clowns spread across the country. It’s significant that these individuals chose clowns, rather than masked hockey players, to torment their fellow citizens. When placed within the narrative of the Other, the “Scary Clown” phenomenon can be viewed as an expression of deep resentment towards a problematic democracy in which individuals feel too much change is happening too fast. The physical danger of terrorism, the financial threat of immigrants, and the cultural peril of diversity subverted the rules of an Anglo Patriarchal democracy established two hundred years ago. With such rules undone, overwhelmed individuals donned the visage of an entity beyond rules whose existence is dedicated to mockery and subversion. Clowns are masked individuals without a concrete identity, and who are out of place in society which puts them in a unique situation to act beyond social norms. This paper provides a brief historical account of clowns and the “Scary Clown” phenomenon, addresses political climate in which the phenomenon occurred, and suggests the significance of such aggression towards American society.