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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.

Spring 2018 EVENTS

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CSGS spring 2018 calendar



Third Annual José E. Muñoz Memorial Lecture by JUDITH BUTLER

a lecture on Susceptibility\Solidarity

February 12, Monday
6:30 to 8 pm

Get tickets here! Free & open to the public but tickets required.

Judith Butler, Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

The Department of Performance Studies inaugurated the distinguished José Esteban Muñoz Memorial Lectures, on an annual basis, starting in the Spring of 2016. They envisioned the series as an annual event that both honors the memory of this celebrated teacher and scholar, and focuses attention on the cutting edge of the field of Performance Studies.

Each year they seek out an eminent scholar whose work is setting forth new waves of interdisciplinary work. In establishing this important series, they hope to bring together campus constituencies across fields (such as Art & Public Policy at Tisch, Social and Cultural Analysis at FAS, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality), as well as connecting with New York-based artists, performers, and their audiences.

This talk is presented as part of the new SKIRBALL TALKS series. Mondays at 6:30 during the academic terms, SKIRBALL TALKS hosts visionaries from the worlds of politics, the arts, sciences, academia, and more. Future guests include Eckhart Tolle and Marion Nestle.

Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place

Get tickets here! Free & open to the public but tickets required.

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



The Next American Revolution: Publishing Protest with American Studies Now

a series launch with Lisa Duggan, Roderick Ferguson, Jack Halberstam, & LaMonda Horton-Stallings

February 15, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

Lisa Duggan, Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

Roderick Ferguson, African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Jack Halberstam, English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University

LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland

Short. Accessible. Timely. American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present is dedicated to the scholarship we need now. Authors Rod Ferguson (We Demand: The University and Student Protests), J Jack Halberstam (Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Guide to Gender Variability), LaMonda Horton-Stallings (Sex Down Heya: A Dirty South Manifesto for Sexual Resistance in the New South), and series co-editor Lisa Duggan (Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and Neoliberal Greed) will be here to launch this series of books designed to illuminate power, protest and the teachable moments of our political present in historical context.

Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Department of Social & Cultural Analysis; and Race & Public Space Working Group of the Institute for Public Knowledge.



The Extractive Zone: Cecilia Vicuña’s Social Ecologies

a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series lecture by Macarena Gómez-Barris

February 22, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

Macarena Gómez-Barris, Social Science & Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute

Extending arguments in her recently published book The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives, Gómez-Barris considers performative engagement with oceanic space, its social ecologies, and its occupation by transnational mega-extractive industries. During a time of new authoritarianisms in the Américas, she shows how extractive capitalism reorganizes the Pacific Ocean into a normative geography, where questions of stewardship and governance become epiphenomenal to the primary condition of resource accumulation. How does New York-based and mestiza artist Cecilia Vicuña’s sense the sea? How does she address the complexities of Indigeneity in the Global South? And, how might we think about Vicuña’s sea choreographies and similar radical artistic work as forms of embodiment that dissipate human, inhuman, and (after) nature divides?

Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

Macarena Gómez-Barris is Chairperson of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute and Director of the Global South Center. She is author of The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives that theorizes social life through five extractive scenes of ruinous capitalism, especially upon Indigenous territories (Duke University Press, 2017). She is also author of the forthcoming Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Politics in the Américas (UC Press, 2018) and Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (UC Press, 2009). She is co-author with Herman Gray of Towards a Sociology of a Trace (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) and co-editor with Diana Taylor of Duke University Press series Dissident Acts. Macarena was a Fulbright fellow at Sociology and Gender Department in FLACSO Ecuador, Quito (2014-2015).

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; and Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics.



Contested Memories: Gender, Violence, & Extremism in Sri Lanka

a panel with Fatima Cadre, Angana Chatterjee, Nimmi Gowrinathan, Nedra Rodrigo, & Sujith Xavier, as part of the annual Global South Asia Conference

February 23 & 24, Friday & Saturday
specific day & panel time TBA

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and South Asia @ NYU.



Signs & Grips

a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series artist talk with Simone Leigh, in conversation with Malik Gaines

March 6, Tuesday
6 to 8 pm

Simone Leigh, multimedia artist

Malik Gaines, Performance Studies, New York University

Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Department of Art HistoryDepartment of Performance Studies; and Institute of Fine Arts.



The Rise of the Global Right: Feminist/Queer Critiques

a panel discussion with Lisa Duggan, Masha Gessen, Svati Shah, & Neferti Tadiar

March 22, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

Lisa Duggan, Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

Masha Gessen, journalist

Svati Shah, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Neferti Tadiar, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Barnard College

From a forthcoming issue of the feminist journal Signs dedicated to “Gender and the Rise of the Global Right,” to a recent panel at the Pratt Institute on the same topic, feminist and queer scholars and activists are urgently calling our attention to how the rise of right-wing authoritarian regimes is predicated on an investment in toxic masculinity and its attendant homophobia, transphobia and misogyny. This panel brings together feminist/queer scholars and activists to discuss the convergences, and important distinctions, between the gender and sexual politics that undergird the consolidation of power of Trump in the U.S., Putin in Russia, Modi in India, and Duterte in the Philippines.

location TBA

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



Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure

a book talk with Lynn Comella

March 29, Thursday
7 to 9 pm

Lynn Comella, Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

In the 1970s a group of pioneering feminist entrepreneurs launched a movement that ultimately changed the way sex was talked about, had, and enjoyed. Boldly reimagining who sex shops were for and the kinds of spaces they could be, these entrepreneurs opened sex-toy stores like Eve’s Garden, Good Vibrations, and Babeland not just as commercial enterprises, but to provide educational and community resources as well. In Vibrator Nation Lynn Comella tells the fascinating history of how these stores raised sexual consciousness, redefined the adult industry, and changed women’s lives. Comella describes a world where sex-positive retailers double as social activists, where products are framed as tools of liberation, and where consumers are willing to pay for the promise of better living—one conversation, vibrator, and orgasm at a time.

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; and by Babeland.



South Asian American Masculinities & Popular Culture in the Age of Trump

a roundtable featuring Rajiv Menon, Imran Siddiquee, & others

April 11, Wednesday
6 to 8 pm

The last several years have seen a marked growth of visibility of South Asian American men in U.S. popular culture (comedians Aziz Ansari, Kumail Nanjiani, Hari Kondabolu, and Hasan Minhaj come to mind, as does the British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed’s character in HBO’s The Night Of).  In a moment when our public discourse is defined by explicit racism and misogyny, South Asian American men find themselves at the crossroads of marginality and visibility, vulnerability and privilege. How have artists, writers, activists, and academics responded to this moment of upheaval surrounding brown masculinity?

Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and South Asia @ NYU.



Queer Transmissions in Japan: A Haiku Hauntology from Shiki to Soseki

a lecture by J. Keith Vincent

April 12, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm

J. Keith Vincent, World Languages & Literature, Boston Universtiy

Professor Vincent, over a period of a year, translated Masaoka Shiki (the “mother” of “haiku”) in a public practice of “haiku a day”. While many assumes that “haiku” is a “traditional” form of Japanese poem, in fact, it is a thoroughly “modern” form, only coming into the named practice “haiku” in late 19th century. (Until then, it was always the first “trigger” part of a longer poem.)

19 University Place, Room 222

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



The Between: Couple Forms, Performing Together

an interdisciplinary two-day symposium with Lisa Duggan & Anna McCarthy; Imre Lodbrog et sa Petite Amie (Barbara Browning & Sébastien Regnier); Alexandra T. Vazquez & Germán Labrador Méndez; & many others!

April 13 & 14, Friday & Saturday
times TBA

Barbara Browning, Performance Studies, New York University

Lisa Duggan, Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

Imre Lodbrog, musician

Anna McCarthy, Cinema Studies, New York University

Germán Labrador Méndez, Spanish & Portuguese, Princeton University

Fred Moten, Performance Studies, New York University

Alexandra T. Vazquez, Performance Studies, New York University

Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Room 612

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



Making New York Great Again: Envisioning Race in the Empire City

a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series lecture by Jacqueline Nassy Brown

April 19, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

Jacqueline Nassy Brown, Anthropology, Hunter College, City University of New York

Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

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



Intrusion: Domestic Violation & the Rise of the Carceral State

a lecture by Sarah Haley

April 23, Monday
6 to 8 pm

Sarah Haley, Gender Studies, UCLA

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.



What Difference Does the Digital Make? Critical Encounters at the Edges of Psychoanalysis & Technology

a panel discussion with Patricia Clough, Stephen Hartman, & Fred Moten

May 4, Friday
4 to 6 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED HERE.

Patricia Clough, Psychoanalyst, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

Stephen Hartman, Psychoanalyst, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California

Fred Moten, Professor, Department of Performance Studies, New York University

This is the 9th annual collaboration between NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Each year CSGS and SGS select a topic and invite an esteemed group of clinicians and scholars of gender and sexuality studies and other critical studies of difference to talk together across disciplines and across institutional locations, as well. The theme of this year’s forum – What difference does the digital make? – pushes existing conversations on psychoanalysis and technology beyond some of the typical frames, which have tended to focus on the use of Skype, texting, and other new media within the therapeutic treatment. These are valuable areas of focus, but this conversation takes a somewhat different direction. The forum proceeds by understanding psychoanalysis as already itself a technology, and one embedded in particular historical forms and fantasies of conceiving “the human.” As a jumping off point for the conversation, we have asked each of our panelists — who come to the conversation from, variously, performance studies, Black studies, gender and sexuality studies, media and affect studies, political theory , and relational psychoanalysis — to consider how new new technologies are drawing on and redrawing social differences/identity, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and age. What are the historical violences carried forward in the (new?) digital demographies of the human?

Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Room 612

REGISTRATION REQUIRED HERE.

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



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*** SPRING 2018 EVENTS ***

CSGS spring 2018 calendar

Third Annual José E. Muñoz Memorial Lecture by JUDITH BUTLER

judith butler

a lecture on Susceptibility\Solidarity

February 12, Monday
6:30 to 8 pm

tickets required

Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
NYC

The Next American Revolution: Publishing Protest with American Studies Now

next american revolution

a series launch with Lisa Duggan, Roderick Ferguson, Jack Halberstam, & LaMonda Horton-Stallings

February 15, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

CSGS
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
NYC

The Extractive Zone: The Social Ecologies of Cecilia Vicuña

extracive zone

a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series lecture by Macarena Gómez-Barris

February 22, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

CSGS
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
NYC