“Our bodies are also occupied territories. Perhaps the ultimate goal of performance, especially if you are a woman, gay or a person ‘of color,’ is to decolonize our bodies and make these decolonizing mechanisms apparent to our audience in the hope that they will get inspired to do the same with their own.” -Guillermo Gómez-Peña

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CSGS Visiting Scholar: Gavin Jack

CSGS Visiting Scholar: fall 2012

Gavin Jack

Gavin Jack is Professor of Management in the Business School, La Trobe University, Australia. He has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business & Languages and a PhD in international management/organization studies from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. Located within critical management studies, Gavin’s interdisciplinary research interests include: the application of postcolonial theory and analysis to the study of management and marketing; critical, cultural understandings of international, cross-cultural and diversity management; theoretical analyses and ethnographic studies of consumption and consumer culture; more recent interests in the intersection of social class and sexuality.

Current research:

In 2010, Gavin co-authored an article with Professor Joanna Brewis (University of Leicester, UK) on the British phenomenon of the ‘chav’ – a derogatory term used to refer to Britain’s underclass- and ‘chavinism’ (see Brewis, J. & Jack, G. (2010) ‘Consuming chavs: An analysis of the ambiguous politics of chavinism on the British gay male scene, Sociology, 44, 2, 1-18). A media discourse on chavs, as well as a commodity and celebrity ‘chav culture’ emerged in the early 2000s, offering scholars considerable food for thought about contemporary class relations in the United Kingdom and their connections with consumer culture. In our article, we commented upon the representation and commodification of chavs and chav culture on the UK gay male scene, where chav nights and chav sexlines inter alia manifest a sexual fascination for chavs amongst a particular class fraction of gay men – middle class, professionals. The article discussed issues of gender performance, gay/queer and classed masculinities, sexual tourism, desire and sexual identification, and above all the intersection of social class and sexuality.

During my time at CSGS, I wish to pursue further reflections on the intersection of social class and sexuality, or, ‘queering class’ and ‘classing queer’, partly with an eye on the erotic dimensions of class mobility. I am particularly interested in the relationship between commodification, erotic life and queer/class relations.

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* FALL 2016 EVENTS *

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Scripting Battered Women: Paths not Taken

Scripting Battered Women: Paths not Taken

a lecture by Kelli Moore with response by A.B. Huber

October 28, Friday
4 to 6 pm

MCC Commons
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor

Pleasure Principles: Bad Asians, Bottomhood, & the Belated Archive

Pleasure Principles: Bad Asians, Bottomhood, & the Belated Archive

a screening & discussion with Erica Cho, Nguyen Tan Hoang, & Eve Oishi

November 4, Friday
7 to 9 pm

Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street, Theater 101

Beyond the Scorched Earth of Counter-Cinema: Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen

Beyond the Scorched Earth of Counter-Cinema: Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen

a retrospective curated by Oliver Fuke featuring Laura Mulvey & many others

November 11 to 13, Friday to Sunday
times TBA

Cinema Studies
721 Broadway, 6th Floor, room 648

Queer/Animal/Theory: Psychoanalysis & Subjectivity

Queer/Animal/Theory: Psychoanalysis & Subjectivity

a lecture by Carla Freccero

November 15, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm

Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor, room 612