Each semester, CSGS sponsors or co-sponsors events exploring the issues of gender and sexuality. All events are free and open to the public, and all venues are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted. If you need sign language interpretation services or other accommodations, please let us know as soon as possible.
Fall 2016 EVENTS
a conversation with Mark D. Jordan with Carolyn Dinshaw & Anthony Petro
September 22, Thursday
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Carolyn Dinshaw, English and Social & Cultural Analysis, New York, University
Mark D. Jordan, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Anthony Petro, Religion, Boston University
By using religion to get at the core concepts of Michel Foucault’s thinking, Mark D. Jordan’s Convulsing Bodies: Religion and Resistance in Foucault offers a strong alternative to the way that the philosopher’s work is read across the humanities. Foucault was famously interested in Christianity as both the rival to ancient ethics and the parent of modern discipline and was always alert to the hypocrisy and the violence in churches. Yet many readers have ignored how central religion is to his thought, particularly with regard to human bodies and how they are shaped. The point is not to turn Foucault into some sort of believer or to extract from him a fixed thesis about religion as such. Rather, it is to see how Foucault engages religious rhetoric page after page—even when religion is not his main topic. When readers follow his allusions, they can see why he finds in religion not only an object of critique, but a perennial provocation to think about how speech works on bodies—and how bodies resist.
Social & Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
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
For a full list of speakers and schedule, visit the conference website here.
Tickets for the conference are now on sale here for a sliding scale fee ranging from $25 to $65.
After the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, rainbow memes and #lovewins hashtags flooded the internet. But we also began to hear more about what activists and academics have been saying for decades—that LGBTQ politics is about #morethanmarriage. The marriage equality campaign has been criticized for making invisible all of the many pressing issues that impact diverse LGBTQ-identified individuals. Since the ruling, donations to some LGBTQ organizations have declined, and longstanding organizations have shut down.
This conference will convene an urgently needed discussion about this turning point. We will debate the way forward through plenary roundtable conversations among both established and rising figures in LGBTQ politics and scholarship, and through dozens of academic panels, roundtables, workshops, and other breakout sessions put together from responses to our open call.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street
Trans Capable: Fungibility, Fugitivity, & the Fleshly Matter of Being
a lecture by C. Riley Snorton
October 13, Thursday
6 to 7:30 pm
C. Riley Snorton, Africana Studies, Cornell University
Flesh provides one route into the proverbial question of how matter matters, and Hortense Spillers’ notion of “female flesh ungendered” guides my analysis of sex and gender as racial arrangements, wherein the fungibility of chattel persons produced a critical context for conceptualizing transness and generated understandings of sex and gender as subject to revision in the arenas of medicine and law. In this talk, Snorton traces how fungible flesh became a mode for fugitive action, as seen in the recurrence of “cross dressing” and cross gender performance in fugitive slave narratives, including in Ellen and William Craft’s Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom and Harriet Jacob’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
Social & Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
MAJOR! (95 min., 2015, Dir. Annalise Ophelian)
a film screening & discussion with StormMiguel Florez, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, & Annalise Ophelian
October 25, Tuesday
6:30 to 8:30 pm
StormMiguel Florez, co-producer/editor of MAJOR!
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, transgender activist
Annalise Ophelian, producer/director of MAJOR!
MAJOR! follows the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old Black transgender woman, a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, and organizer who has been fighting for the liberation of trans women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major’s personal story and activism for transgender civil rights, from mobile outreach and AIDS prevention to fighting the prison industrial complex, intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today.
The screening will include a Q&A with Miss Major and the filmmakers, Annalise Ophelia and StormMiguel Flores.
Tishman Auditorium, New School
63 5th Avenue
Scripting Battered Women: Paths not Taken
a lecture by Kelli Moore with response by A.B. Huber
October 28, Friday
4 to 6 pm
Kelli Moore, Media, Culture, & Communication, New York University
A.B. Huber, Gallatin, New York University
This talk is part of Kelli Moore’s longer book-length project on legal and extra-legal debates over the subject of trauma and helplessness. In this presentation, she demonstrates surprising links between psychologists Lenore Walker, Martin Seligman, Silvan Tomkins, and Frantz Fanon – who briefly shared an institutional and intellectual milieu in the 1960s and 70s. This shared context, she argues, is a significant yet little remarked aspect of the archival landscape of domestic violence. The talk takes assumes an explicitly speculative posture to ask how we might understand domestic violence differently if Lenore Walker’s famous theory of the battered woman syndrome had explicitly followed Tomkins’ work rather than the theory of learned helplessness put forward by the American psychologist of motivation, Martin Seligman. Both Seligman and Tomkins engaged in writing practices that repeatedly figured the black American in analyses of passive subjectivity (Seligman) and the distress object (Tomkins). In contrast, Walker’s initial study of battered women excluded black participants. In a related set of speculations, Moore enlists the work of psychiatrist Frantz Fanon—whose preoccupations included the structure of the colonial mind, Negritude, and the significance placed on anticolonial violence—to chart a cybernetic route to theorizing the “forensic subject.”
Kelli Moore’s presentation will be followed by a response by A.B. Huber and discussion with the audience.
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor
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
RSVP required. Click here to register.
Erica Cho, Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego
Nguyen Tan Hoang, University of California, San Diego
Eve Oishi, Cultural Studies, Claremont Graduate University
As a historical, temporal, and aesthetic exploration into queer experimental Asian/Pacific cinema, this event will gather scholars, curators, and artists whose work addresses the subjects of racialized sexual politics, gender transgression, and the possibilities of pleasure within the queer Asian/Pacific imagination. Moving image works spanning the past several decades will be screened and discussed to create new modes of speculation within a lineage of artistic practice and political inquiry.
Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street, Theater 101
Co-sponsored by the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute; Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; and the Asian Film and Media Initiative in the Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts.
Lupus in fabula: Of Wolves and Men
a lecture by Carla Freccero
November 15, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm
Carla Freccero, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
This talk traces the material semiotics of the species canis lupus—more particularly its Eurasian subspecies (canis lupus lupus, known as “wolf”)—and the peculiar ways it is associated with racialized masculinity in the west. Lupus in fabula—“speaking of the devil”—suggests that speaking of the wolf performatively introduces him into the scene. It also points to the way fabulation dogs the wolf’s heels in the west. Wolf is an animetaphor that lurks in stories about racial difference and masculinity, even as wolves are, still, beings in the world. The wolf is the enemy/brother whose spectrality—presence in absence—signals accession to an enhanced masculine humanity. This talk explores that haunting and the lines of speculative flight imagined for a future that uncouples wolves and men.
Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor