Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow - Class of Spring 2012
Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Avery Gordon is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Center for Research Architecture, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is the author of Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination, 2nd ed. (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), Keeping Good Time: Reflections on Knowledge, Power and People (Paradigm Publishers 2004), and the co-editor of Mapping Multiculturalism (University of Minnesota Press, 1996) and Body Politics (Westview 1994). Her work focuses on radical thought and practice and over the last several years, she has been writing about imprisonment, war, and other forms of dispossession and how to eliminate them. Recent scholarly publications have appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Race & Class, PMLA, and other collections. Since 1997, Gordon has co-hosted a weekly public affairs radio program, "No Alibis," on KCSB 91.9 FM Santa Barbara. She is also the Keeper of the Hawthorne Archives.
American Academy Project
Breitenau: A Notebook
While at the Academy, she will work on a contribution for dOCUMENTA (13). She will contribute a small notebook to the publication series 100 Notes—100 Thoughts about the former monastery and prison Breitenau that explores imprisonment as a technology of enclosure in which unwanted people and threatening ideas are confined. The notebook and related research form the basis of her collaboration with Berlin-based artist Ines Schaber’s multi-media installation entitled “The Workhouse,” which focuses on the questions of labor, correction, and reeducation.
The American Academy in Berlin is pleased to announce that Avery F. Gordon Professor of Sociology at University of California Santa Barbara and the Academy’s Spring 2012 Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow, together with Berlin-based artist Ines Schaber, will participate in dOCUMENTA(13). Their installation The Workhouse: Room 2 will be on show June 9 through September 12, 2012, in Kassel. The Workhouse is the name for a series of projects concerned with the cultivation of alternative / autonomous / utopian ways of living and working. »
The visitors from the big cities remark on how beautiful it is. And it's true that the Benedictines had a knack for choosing the finest locations for their monastaries. And this one, too, sitting alongside the long river Fulda, amid verdant meadow, its large buildings nestled in alongside the smaller village houses, farms, and woods, makes a good impression. Slowly, Ines shakes her head. No, no. "It's not beautiful," she says. "It's claustrophobic." I understand. I'm prepared for a haunted ruin of an old prison. »