“Of materiality and meaning: the illegality condition in street art,” in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 74 (4): 359-370 (2016).
Street art is an art form that entails creating public works incorporating the street physically and in their meaning. That physical property is employed as an artistic resource in street art raises two questions. Are street artworks necessarily illegal? Does being illegal change the nature of production and aesthetic appreciation? First, I argue street artworks must be in the street. On my view, both the physical and sociocultural senses of the street can be constitutive of meaning. Second, I argue that illegality is a prototypical and paradigmatic feature of street art. While illegality alone does not make works better than sanctioned street art, it affects the production process and changes what is available to appreciate.
“Autonomy and the politics of food choice: from individuals to communities,” in The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 29 (2): 123-141 (2016).
Individuals use their capacity for autonomy to express preferences regarding food choices. Food choices are fundamental, universal, and reflect a diversity of interests and cultural preferences. Traditionally, autonomy is cast in only epistemic terms, and the social and political dimension of it, where autonomy obstruction tends to arise, is omitted. This reflects problematic limits in the Cartesian notion of the individual. Because this notion ignores context and embodiment, the external and internal constraints on autonomy that extend from social location are not considered. Therefore, reconceptions of the individual and autonomy which emphasize social location and relational interdependency are needed. To combat autonomy obstruction, individuals can appeal to community and community autonomy as a social mechanism. Communities are social groups characterized by people living in places with shared goals. Recognizing their interdependency, individuals can organize as communities in order to accomplish objectives that they cannot on their own. While community autonomy is valuable unto itself, it can also enhance individual autonomy.
“Which City? Whose Streets? A Place-Based Approach to Street Art” at the American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, October 2018
“Place, community, and the generation of ecological autonomy,” at the International Society for Environmental Ethics panel sessions, American Philosophical Association—Eastern Division Meeting, January 2017
“On the nature/culture dualism in environmental aesthetics,” at the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program lecture series, UGA (invited), March 2016, and at the American Society for Aesthetics—Eastern Division Meeting, April 2016
“On the illegality condition in street art,” at Art In and Of The Streets Philosophy conference, New York University and The Pratt Institute, American Society for Aesthetics, March 2015
“Toward an understanding of material culture in moral relationships,” at Science, Technology, and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities conference, University of Waterloo, August 2014
“The individual, autonomy, and the problem of choice,” Dimensions of Political Ecology: Conference on Nature/Society, panel at Political Ecologies and Food Sovereignty, February 2014, and at Workshop on Food Justice, Michigan State University, May 2014
“Toward a critical aesthetics of nature,” at the International Society for Environmental Ethics panel sessions, American Philosophical Association—Pacific meeting, March 2013
“Arab-American racial formation,” at Eastern Society for Women in Philosophy conference, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, May 2012