Outrage: The Psychic Life of Trump's America - The University of Sydney

Outrage: The Psychic Life of Trump's America

Outrage. Is it an affect? An agency? A meme? This talk will attempt to decide whether outrage offers political instruction or if it's an instrument of democratic destruction.

This Sydney Ideas event is co-presented with Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advenced Research Centre (SSSHARC) and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

This event was held at the University of Sydney on Tuesday 13 March 2018.


  • Professor Robyn Wiegman (Literature and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Duke University) is a leading figure in feminist and queer theory. Her many publications include Object Lessons (2012) and American Anatomies: Theorizing Race and Gender (1995). She is currently finishing a book on affect and anti-racist aesthetics.

  • Respondent: Dr Thomas Jessen Adams (Lecturer in History and American Studies, United States Studies Centre) works on political economy, labour, social movements, urban history, and race and gender in American politics.

  • Chair: Associate Professor Lee Wallace (Gender and Cultural Studies) is completing a book on gay marriage as remarriage.

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