Lindroos Kia, University Lecturer

Lindroos Kia, University Lecturer
Studysubject:
Political Science

My research is a continuation of my long-standing interests in political theory; politics, time, cultural studies and aesthetics, and I am especially interested in cinema and visual arts. I emphasise issues of temporality through the connections between contingency and change. My more specific interests are temporality and visual representations of terror and violence. My current work is based on my research on political theory and philosophy; I am especially interested in Walter Benjamin and modern French philosophy, such as Michel Foucault or Jacques Ranciere.

My current project explores the practice of witnessing politics through the arts (widely understood), thus expanding the range, and probing the borders, of political science. The main idea is to problematize the concept of art in connection with political witnessing, or elaborate the political-ness of artistic witnessing, and explore the concept of artistic witnessing as political. Events witnessed – or constructed in the process of artistically dealing with them – may be fragments from the past, different images of history, or connected to the contemporary political world. This may include reflections on the continuation of the past in the present, questions of what art is conserved and exhibited in museums and engaging with the complexities of temporality and temporalization of politics.