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Oct 7: On the Gelatinous: Three Movements



On the Gelatinous: Three Movements

a lecture by Kyla Wazana Tompkins

October 7, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm

Kyla Wazana Tompkins, English and Gender & Women’s Studies, Pomona College

Kyla Wazana Tompkins’ work in critical race and queer theory, food studies, and American cultural and literary history has thus far focused on the objects, people, and spaces where sociality and materiality meet, spaces where we can begin to limn the outlines of biopolitical world as it is experienced in the granular qualities of the everyday. This lecture, which Tompkins is developing as part of a new project (tentatively titled “So Moved”), will look at multiple forms of movement – affective, emotional, political and physical – as they coalesce in and around particular food textures, in this case, the soft squishiness of gelatin. “On the Gelatinous” considers three texts – Martin Delany’s Blake, Herman Melville’s Poor Man’s Pudding, Rich’s Man’s Crumbs, and a recent pornographic screensaver by Afro-Canadian artist David Findlay entitled “Generous Gesture” – in which the haptic, movemential, and tactile quality that we might term “the gelatinous” allows for authors and artists to theorize different forms of movement and sociality.

Department of Social & Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square
, 4th Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & SexualityDepartment of Social & Cultural AnalysisNutrition, Food Studies, & Public Health; and NYU Press.


This event is free and open to the public.  Venue is wheelchair accessible.

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



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