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March 4: The Scandals of Susan Sontag

The Scandals of Susan Sontag
March 4, Friday, 10:30am–6pm, Elebash Recital Hall

Co-sponsored by the Ph.D Program in English, the Concentration in 20th Century Studies, the Women’s Studies Certificate Program, The Graduate Center, CUNY and the Humanities Institute and Women’s Studies at Stony Brook University, SUNY.

Susan Sontag’s provocative career resulted in a body of artistic and intellectual work that is scorned as often as it is admired. How can we begin to take account of her achievements and legacy in the 21th century? Beginning with an exploration of her recently published journals, and featuring a documentary film-in-progress about her life and career, this one-day conference brings together a variety of scholars and critics to consider the impact of her work. Participants include, among many others, E. Ann Kaplan (English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University); Nancy Kates, filmmaker; Laura Kipnis (Communication, Northwestern University); Susie Linfield (Journalism, New York University); Heather Love (English, University of Pennsylvania); Nancy K. Miller (English and Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center, CUNY); José Muñoz (Performance Studies, New York University); Deborah Nelson (English, University of Chicago); Sigrid Nunez, writer; Jay Prosser (English, University of Leeds); Elaine Showalter (English, Princeton University); Catharine Stimpson, (English, NYU).

SCHEDULE:

10:30: Welcome & Introduction
Aoibheann Sweeney, Executive Director, The Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY
E. Ann Kaplan, Director, The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook

10:45-12:15pm: Sontag’s Journals: The Privilege of the Personal
Barbara Ching, The Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, University of Memphis
Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University
E. Ann Kaplan, English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Stony Brook
Moderated by Catharine Stimpson, English, NYU

1:15pm: Sontag’s Criticism: Against Interpretation
Heather Love, English, University of Pennsylvania
Deborah Nelson, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago
Jay Prosser, English, University of Leeds
Ann Kaplan, Art History, University of Texas, Austin
Moderated by Lisa Diedrich, Women and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University, SUNY

2:30-4:00 Regarding Susan Sontag: excerpts from a film-in-progress
Discussion with filmmaker Nancy Kates and Nancy K. Miller, English and Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center

4:15pm: Sontag and the Female Intellectual
Laura Kipnis, Communication, Northwestern University
Susie Linfield, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, NYU
Jose Munoz, Performance Studies, NYU
Sigrid Nunez, Writer
Moderated by Elaine Showalter, English, Princeton University

http://centerforthehumanitiesgc.org/calendar/details/211-the-scandals-of-susan-sontag

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* FALL 2016 EVENTS *

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After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics & Scholarship

After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics & Scholarship

a two-day conference with featured speakers Karma Chávez, Lisa Duggan, Katherine Franke, Bridget Hughes, Simone Kolysh, Kevin Lotz, Darnell L. Moore, Mignon Moore, Robyn Ochs, Brandon Andrew Robinson, stef shuster, Steven Thrasher, Urvashi Vaid, and many others

October 1 & 2, Saturday & Sunday

524 West 59th Street
NYC

Life & Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980 to 1983

Life & Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980 to 1983

a one-day symposium featuring Tim Lawrence (University of East London), Bernie Gendron (music historian), Leonard Abrams (East Village Eye), Patti Astor (downtown actor, Fun Gallery, Wild Style), Johnny Dynell (Mudd Club, Pyramid, Danceteria, Area), Steven Harvey (New York Rocker), Danny Krivit (Roxy), Sal Principato (Liquid Liquid), John Robie (musician, producer), Sharon White (The Saint), Pat Ivers & Emily Armstrong (Nightclubbing), Kit Fitzgerald (video artist), Marvin Taylor (NYU), Jeffrey Deitch (gallerist), Michael Holman (Canal Zone, Gray, Negril, breaking impresario), Chi Chi Valenti (Mudd Club, Danceteria), Michael Zilkha (ZE Records), & Sukhdev Sandhu (NYU)

October 8, Saturday
10 am to 6 pm

721 Broadway, 6th Floor, room 612
NYC

Trans Capable: Fungibility, Fugitivity, & the Fleshly Matter of Being

Trans Capable: Fungibility, Fugitivity, & the Fleshly Matter of Being

a lecture by C. Riley Snorton

October 13, Thursday
6 to 7:30 pm

20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
NYC