Karen Benezra

Assistant Professor, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Institute for Latin American Studies, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

Columbia University

Heyman Center Fellow, 2018 - 2019

Project Title: “Symptoms of the Inorganic: Capitalism
and Subjectivity in Latin America"

Karen Benezra earned her B.A. in Languages and Literature from Bard College and Ph.D in Romance Studies from Cornell University. Her research focuses on Latin American visual art, literature and social theory of the twentieth century as well as questions of sublimation, social form, and political subjectivation. 

Her current book manuscript, Dematerialization: Art and Labor in Latin America, focuses on art, industrial design, and aesthetic theory from the 1960s and 70s in an effort to show that the sensual materiality of the art and design object becomes the space in which to explore art and design's changing relationship to capitalism.

She is also working on a second book project that studies the relationship between political subjectivity and capitalist subsumption in social and psychoanalytic theory in Latin America in the 1960s and 70s.