Liz Kinnamon

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Liz Kinnamon
Liz Kinnamon
Liz Kinnamon
Born (1986-07-24) July 24, 1986 (age 35)
St. Simons, Georgia, U.S.
🏫 EducationUniversity of Georgia(BA), University of Arizona(MA, PhD)
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Liz Kinnamon (July 24, 1986) is an American writer and scholar from St. Simons, Georgia. She is a member of the advisory board of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory[1] and has served as managing editor of Feminist Formations[2] and online editor of Women & Performance. Her work in technology studies, Marxist feminism, and critical theory is rooted in the field of Gender & Women's Studies.

Critical Theory[edit]

Known for her criticism and essays, Kinnamon has published influential work on confessional literature and The Male Sentimental.

The “sensitive guy” should be understood through the lens of what pop psychologists call emotional manipulation, and his proliferation is the result of two things: the rise of feminism and the rise of immaterial labor.[3]

Her essays engaging Chris Kraus[4], Jack Spicer[5][6], Valerie Solanas and Breanne Fahs[7] expand and reify feminist subjectivity.

Kinnamon is also known for her doctoral research. Attention under repair: asceticism from self-care to care of the self (2017)[8] is the first publication from her upcoming manuscript. The essay attends to attention as raw material for both the formation of the subject and the (re)production of capital. Indeterminate and highly valued, Kinnamon theorizes attention as a potential site for worker's liberation in a so-called immaterial economy.

Art and Activism[edit]

In 2010, Kinnamon's artwork was chosen by the Against Equality Postcard Project to be included in purchases of Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage.[9] In 2011, Kinnamon was active in the Occupy movement in Atlanta [10]

In 2013, Kinnamon published a comprehensive essay in Rhizomes reading the 2011 England riots against writing displayed at Living Walls, the City Speaks, a street art conference held in Atlanta, GA.

... [The] August riots of 2011, in their resemblance to frenzied shopping stampedes, raised questions about whether they, as a speech act, sent the anti-establishment message on which many of the rioters fell back. "This is our payback," said one rioter to SkyNews. But if we read the riots as market feelings, what were the rioters' feelings toward the market in the UK – an embrace? What desires were communicated to the elite? Subversive energy abounds in the riots – it is found in the Guardian interviews citing police brutality and poverty, and it can be seen in the disaffection used to kick through corporate windows -- but my concern is for what the riots said about public demand for the contents of these stores, and by extension, for the system they represent. Do the riots translate into, instead of desire for dissolving this system, desire for this system? What does it mean when your revolt turns a profit, and what happens when your resentment is their success?"[11]

Selected Publications[edit]

  • "#SOCIALMEDIAANXIETIES: a zine on digital failure and attachment," Self Published, 2014[12]
  • "Breanne Fahs by Liz Kinnamon, An interview with the author of Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol)" BOMB Magazine, 2015
  • "The Male Sentimental," Mixed Feelings, 2016
  • "Elegant Uprooted Things: Jack Spicer, California, and Psychoanalysis," Open Space, 2016
  • "3 Planes," Prelude, 2016[13]
  • "Desire is Surplus Energy: “I Love Dick” between Text and TV," Los Angeles Review of Books, 2017


Kinnamon holds a BA in Women's Studies from the University of Georgia, and is a PhD candidate in the University of Arizona's Gender & Women’s Studies Department.


Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry awarded Kinnamon a Graduate Fellowship in 2016 to examine the impact of Buddhist-inspired mindfulness practices on the Silicon Valley tech industry.[14] Also in 2016, Kinnamon received the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for work on what she calls New Ascetics in Post-Fordism.[15] Most recently, Kinnamon received the 2018 Mary Lily Research Grant from Duke University for her research on feminist Consciousness raising from 1960 to 1980 as a technique of attention.[16]


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