Mashinka Firunts Hakopian will receive her PhD in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania in December 2018. Her research focuses on contemporary art, media, and performance. She resides in Los Angeles, where she teaches in the Department of English at UCLA. Her current project, “Learning to Refuse: Pedagogy, Protest, and Lecture-Performance, 1964-1975” attends to the emergent genre of the lecture-performance in the 1960s and 70s. It analyzes works that stage critical interventions into existing models of knowledge, bringing the intertwining histories of lecture-performance and artists’ activism into focus. With Avi Alpert and Danny Snelson, she is a member of the group Research Service, an academic media and performance collective. She is a Contributing Editor to ASAP/J, and the co-editor of Present Tense Pamphlets, a hybrid digital and print publishing platform for score-based performance released through Northwestern University and the Block Museum of Art.

Contact: mashinkafirunts at googlemail.