Kaja Silverman is among America’s foremost intellectuals, engaging in topics as diverse as Gerhard Richter, semiotics and the theory of love. She has contributed especially to the field of visual studies by insisting on the central role of vision in establishing our place in the world.
“The eye,” she has written, “can confer the active gift of love upon bodies which have long been accustomed to neglect and disdain.”
She is the author of seven books, including World Spectators (2000) and The Threshold of the Visible World (1996), and is currently writing a book titled Appropriations, which will address racial, sexual and economic difference.
Silverman is a professor of rhetoric and film at the University of California, Berkeley.