Philosophy Colloquium: Robin James lectures on 'Monstrosity & Damage as Human Capital in "Gaga Feminism"'

Join Robin James in a discussion on the philosophy of contemporary musicians Lady Gaga, Rihanna and more in her talk, "Monstrosity & Damage as Human Capital in 'Gaga Feminism,'" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther College campus.

A reception with Professor James will follow the lecture in the Qualley Lounge; both are open to the public with no charge for admission.  

Overcoming and profiting from "damage" are key components of privileged feminine subjectivity in Neoliberalism. In her talk, James will use works by Lady Gaga, Rihanna and other contemporary musicians to demonstrate that "Gaga Feminism" doesn't treat all monsters equally, discarding some stereotypical black masculinities as "damaged goods."

James is an associate professor in the philosophy department at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She is also affiliated with the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics.

She became a published writer in 2010 when her book, "The Conjectural Body: Gender, Race, and the Philosophy of Music," was published by Lexington Books.

Her creative research uses music, sound art and digital technology to examine the role of sound in contemporary forms of knowledge, value, pleasure, embodiment and capital.

For more information, visit James's blog at

The event is co-sponsored by the Luther College Philosophy Department, Lucille Brickner Brown Price Endowment, Women and Gender Studies Program, and the Lectures and Fine Arts Fund.

Robin James