Launch of “Amateurism” | Nov 12

Launch of “Amateurism” | Third Text Special Issue
With remarks by Abigail De Kosnik and Anneka Lenssen
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Beta Lounge (rsvp to


“Amateurism”—a special issue of Third Text forthcoming in Fall 2019—is dedicated to do-it-yourself, “self-taught,” user-generated production in music, film/video, architecture, literature, visual art, and new media, especially in relation to raced, classed, and gendered notions of value.  Amateurism was defined by Edward Said as “an activity that is fueled by care and affection rather than by profit and selfish, narrow specialization,” and the contributors to this volume probe the promises and limits of amateurism by investigating case studies from across Latin America, the Middle East, the UK, and the US. Come celebrate with two UC Berkeley contributors and co-editor Julia Bryan-Wilson.  

Third Text has established itself as the leading international journal dedicated to the critical analysis of contemporary art in the global field. It has brought with that analysis a particular focus on both the impact of globalization on cultural practices and the lessons of postcolonial theory.