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“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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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 2015 EVENTS


Keeping America Pure: The State, the Church & the Migrant Body

a lecture by Lois Lorentzen

September 24, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm

Lois Lorentzen, Theology & Religious Studies and the Center for Latino/a Studies in the Americas, University of San Francisco

The U.S./Mexico border is the most militarized border in the world between two “friendly countries.” This unofficial war zone marks the U.S. government’s desire to keep the undocumented out. Along the same border, religious groups help migrants who have been deported or are in transit. They provide shelter, food, clothing, sturdy boots for desert crossings, phone calls home, counseling, and medical care – to most undocumented migrants, that is. When it comes to transgender sex workers and their undocumented migrant bodies, Church and State seem to be in agreement about the need for purity and good order. Faced with this twinned opposition, many undocumented migrants, and especially LGBTQ migrants, turn to “border” saints to help them on their way: the patron saint of Mexico, the Virgin of Guadalupe, certainly; but “rogue” saints not approved by the Catholic Church also travel with migrants: Jesus Malverde, San Toribio Romo, Santa Muerte. Based on research with deported migrants at the Nogales, AZ/Nogales, Mexico border and with transgender sex workers in San Francisco, this talk analyses the way multiple borders – of nation, sex/gender, and “deviant” saints – are being contested by church, state, and undocumented migrants.

Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics and the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation.



Margarita With a Straw (2014, 100 min., Dir. Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar)

a film screening & discussion with Shonali Bose

October 2, Friday
6 to 8 pm

Screening of a feature film about a rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy who leaves India to study in New York. On her journey of self-discovery, she unexpectedly falls in love.

Film trailer here.

Cinema Studies, Michelson Theater
721 Broadway, 6th Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History; Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Department of Cinema Studies; South Asia@NYU; Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies; and Council for the Study of Disability.



25 Years Out: Celebrating the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)

a forum with current & former GAPIMNY co-chairs

October 8, Thursday
7 to 9 pm

RSVP to A/P/A Institute.

Since 1990, the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) has worked to empower queer and trans A/P/A people to create positive change through a range of social, educational, peer-support, cultural, and political activities. On the occasion of the organization’s 25th birthday, GAPIMNY’s records, which include video footage, flyers, and more documenting queer A/P/A history in New York, have been donated to the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, where they will be preserved and made accessible to community members, researchers, and students.

Current and former GAPIMNY co-chairs offer reflections on the organization’s 25-year history and visions for the future. Tim Johnson (Head, Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives) and Tim Naftali (Co-director, NYU Center for the United States and the Cold War and Associate Professor, NYU Wagner) offer welcome remarks, and an exhibition chronicling the organization’s history, curated by A/P/A Graduate Archives Scholar Paul Tran, will be on display.

NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute; Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Archives and Public History Program; and LGBTQ Student Center.



‘A Celebration in the Rights of Alchemy’: Fury and Affiliation in Born in Flames

a lecture by Jayna Brown

October 13, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm

Jayna Brown, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Department of Performance Studies.



Sexy Motherf**ker: Queering Incest and the Mother

a lecture by Amber Jamilla Musser

October 29, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm

Amber Jamilla Musser, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Washington University

If homosexuality is the love that dare not speak its name, this talk argues that incest, in the form of taboo and metaphor, offers a plethora of possibilities for thinking desires, belonging, and gender. It examines the fantasies and schisms that appear when we queer our love for our parents. Beginning with an inquiry into queers’ attachment to daddy and the state, this talk positions incest at the center of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s and Judith Butler’s queer break from feminism. It then asks what it might mean to love the mother instead, and it begins to approach ways of doing so by using Audre Lorde to rethink Oedipus, lesbian feminism, and touch.

Social & Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Department of Social & Cultural Analysis.



Haze Him! White Heteromasculinity, Anal Resilience, & the Erotic Spectacle of Repulsion

a lecture by Jane Ward

November 10, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm

Jane Ward, Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of California, Riverside

Social & Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Department of Social & Cultural Analysis.



An Evening with Dr. Vaginal Davis and Susanne Sachsee

in conversation with Tavia Nyong’o

November 17, Tuesday
7 to 8:30 pm

Vaginal Davis, performer, artist

Susanne Sachsee, performer, artist

Tavia Nyong’o, Performance Studies, New York University

Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Department of Performance Studies.



Transgender & Orthodox: Life Stories at the Intersection of Gender and Religion

a lecture by Oriol Poveda

December 3, Thursday
5 to 6:30 pm

Oriol Poveda, PhD candidate, Theology and Uppsala Religion & Research Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden

B​ased on interviews and observations in Israel and North America among transgender Jews with Orthodox backgrounds, both ​current and former, Poveda will discuss the ambivalence of Orthodox Judaism in the life stories of the participants, and how people view and experience religious change in relation to trans issues in the Orthodox world.

Religious Studies Seminar Room
726 Broadway, Room 542

Organized by the NYU Center for Religion and Media and the Religion and Society Research Centre (CRS) at Uppsala University, in partnership with the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research & Higher Education (STINT). Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Religious Studies Program.



Love in the Middle East: The Contradictions of Romance in the Facebook World

a lecture by Roger O. Friedland

December 10, Thursday
5 to 6:30 pm

Roger O. Friedland, Visiting Professor, Media, Culture, & Communication, New York University

Romantic love is a social fact in the Muslim world. It is also a gender politics impinging on religious and patriarchal understandings of female modesty and agency. This paper analyzes the rise of love as a basis of mate selection in a number of Muslim-majority countries: Algeria, Iran, Palestine, Tunisia and Turkey where we have conducted web-based anonymous surveys of Facebook users. Young people increasingly want love in their married lives, but they and the communities in which they live remain uncomfortable with the mating practices through which such love has traditionally been achieved in the Western world. The talk will explore the religious contradictions and the gender politics of this modern heterosexual love.

Roger Friedland will discuss his essay “Love in the Middle East: the Contradictions of Romance in the Facebook World,” co-authored with Janet Afary, Paolo Gardinali and Cambria Naslund.

MCC Commons
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor

Organized by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Department of Media, Culture, & Communication.



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FALL 2015 EVENTS!

Fall 2015 Events