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For José



The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality mourns the passing of our brilliant and beloved colleague and friend, José Esteban Muñoz (1967-2013).

José Muñoz was Professor of Performance Studies at NYU, and a long-time intellectual collaborator and frequent speaker at CSGS events. He is the author of two influential books: Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 1999) and Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (NYU Press 2009); the co-editor of “Sexual Cultures,” a queer studies book series at NYU Press, co-editor of the volumes Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America (Duke University Press, 1997) and Pop Out: Queer Warhol (Duke University Press, 1996); as well as the author of dozens of influential articles, book chapters, and essays in journals, anthologies, and artist catalogues.

Through his teaching, writing, and deeply loving practices of friendship and care, José Muñoz forged capacious and still-expanding queer worlds. Those who have already encountered his work—and those for whom that deep and challenging pleasure awaits—now carry this torch, his torch. In Cruising Utopia José offered a “flight plan for a collective political belonging” and invited us to travel “out of this time and place to something fuller, vaster, more sensual, and brighter.”

I know my own world is “fuller, vaster, more sensual, and brighter” for José’s presence in it. And I know I am not alone in feeling this queer expansion in being on account of José Muñoz. I have such gratitude for him, to him, and such sorrow at his untimely passing. The straight time of life and death claimed him far too soon. But in another time—a queer time of cruising utopia?—may we yet meet.

— Ann Pellegrini
Director, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality



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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