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Kristin Lawler – Surfing, Capitalism, and the Refusal of Work

April 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  |  Humanities 1, Room 210


In this talk, I will examine surfing as a countercultural practice and will consider the ways in which it constitutes a lived refusal of the logic of capital. I will look at several contemporary and historical iterations of the surf image in popular culture to think through its political significance, and will survey the state of the new field of “surf studies.”

prof lawlerKristin Lawler is Professor of Sociology at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York City. She is author of The American Surfer, published in 2011, and co-editor of the forthcoming volume Roll and Flow: the Political Ontology of Surf and Skate. Her work appears in numerous edited collections, including Feminism and the Early Frankfurt School (forthcoming); Class: the Anthology; Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory; Bohemias in Southern California; and The Critical Surf Studies Reader. She is a contributing member of the editorial board of the journal Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination and a member of the board of directors of the Institute for the Radical Imagination.





The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. We gather at 12:00 PM, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM.

RSVP by 11 AM on the day of the colloquium, and you will receive the Zoom link and password at 11:30 AM.

Staff assistance is provided by The Humanities Institute.


April 19, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Humanities 1, Room 210
1156 high st
Santa cruz, CA 95060 United States
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