Jarah Moesch

Lecturer, Science and Technology Studies

Jarah Moesch is a multi-disciplinary artist-scholar whose work explores issues of justice through the design, production, and acquisition of embodied knowledges. Jarah’s research incorporates queer, crip, and critical race theories, media & cultural studies, art, and design practices to develop new models for justice and to imagine new worlds.

As a scholar, artist, designer, and multi-modal educator, Jarah’s research and pedagogy focuses on how knowledge is produced, distributed, acquired, and managed. Jarah’s work is particularly concerned with how knowledge design practices perform as normative systems for all people, therefore excluding those on the margins. Jarah does so through Queer Justice Design, a hands-on, critical practice founded in queer, antiracist pedagogy, and integrated media art to produce new equitable practices and worlds.

Jarah’s work on the Anthropocene, the ‘apocalyptic’ event, human space exploration, and the medical industrial complex are grounded in the social and physical effects of embedded histories of racism, gender, and disability, inequitable distributions of wealth, food and water, and colonization of land and people. Jarah’s research investigates the production, distribution, and maintenance of knowledge pathways, and then builds new possibilities, from physical modeling and prototyping, to policies for designing different worlds.

Jarah’s artwork ranges from traditional forms of art to contemporary new media practices, and tactical social interventions. This multi-modal work explores the tangled relationship between technologies, systems, and embodied knowledges through the performance of everyday life.

Jarah is currently a Fellow with Building Healthcare Collectives, and a member of the Critical Design Lab at Vanderbilt University
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Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Maryland
MFA in Integrated Media Arts, Hunter College

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