Mariana Ortega, associate professor of philosophy and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Penn State University, will present Bucknell’s annual Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender and the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies distinguished lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center’s Forum (Room 272). Ortega’s free, public lecture — entitled “To(o) Queer the Artist: An Aesthesis of Self-Making” — will be followed by a reception in the ELC Center Room (256) in which her artwork will be on display.
Inspired by the work of Gloria Anzaldúa, Ortega introduces a notion of autoarte and artistic production aimed at both disclosing and transforming the self. Her main areas of research and interest are women of color feminisms — in particular Latina feminisms — 20th Continental philosophy, phenomenology, philosophy of race, and aesthetics. Her research focuses on questions of self, identity and sociality, as well as visual representations of race, gender and sexuality.