“In effect, we live in a legal, social, and institutional world where the only relations possible are extremely few, extremely simplified, and extremely poor. There is, of course, the relation of marriage, and the relations of family, but how many other relations should exist…!” -Michel Foucault

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April 26: The Only White Woman in the Village

The Only White Woman in the Village

a lunch talk with Leena-Maija Rossi

Friday, April 26
12:30 to 1:45 pm

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
41-51 East 11th Street, Room 709
(please note room change)

Leena-Maija Rossi, Gender Studies, University of Helsinki; Visual Culture, University of Turku; and CSGS Visiting Scholar

Studies on whiteness have proliferated in humanities and social studies during the past ten years. Scholars interested in the problematics of whiteness have argued that this new field of study may produce useful tools for anti-racist activism, and complement the theorization of “race” in a useful way. However, there has also been a lot of criticism, which maintains that studying whiteness only re-positions its hegemony and is not able to unravel its normativity. These critical accounts parallel in an interesting way with some critical notions directed towards the study of heterosexuality.

Some similarities between queer studies of straightness and anti-racist studies of whiteness will be discussed, the title being a tribute to two important cultural texts: the television comedy series Little Britain (and its sketch “The Only Gay in the VIllage”) and James Baldwin’s essay “Stranger in the VIllage.”

Leena-Maija Rossi is a Principal Investigator in Gender Studies at Universty of Helsinki, and Adjunct Professor in Visual Culture at University of Turku, Finland. She is also member of the research project Abusive Sexuality and Sexual Violence in Contemporary Culture (2012-14, University of Jyväskylä). Currently she works as the Executive Director at the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.

This event is free and open to the public. Wheelchair access is at 85-87 University Place.

For more information, please contact CSGS at csgs(at) or call 212-992-9540.

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Seeking Sex, Procuring Porn: Explicit Materials in Archives, Libraries, Museums, & Flea Markets

Seeking Sex, Procuring Porn: Explicit Materials in Archives, Libraries, Museums, & Flea Markets

a one-day symposium with Jason Baumann, Emily Drabinski, Jeffrey Escoffier, Leeroy Kun Young Kang, Ian Kahn, Tavia Nyong’o, Quito Ziegler, & others

October 21, Friday
10 am to 6 pm

Fales Library & Special Collections
70 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor



a film screening & discussion with StormMiguel Florez, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, & Annalise Ophelian

October 25, Tuesday
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Tishman Auditorium, New School
63 5th Avenue

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