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 2015 EVENTS
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The Foxy Merkins (2013, 81 min., Dir. Madeleine Olnek)
a screening & discussion with Madeleine Olnek & Laura Terruso
January 28, Wednesday
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Madeleine Olnek, director
Laura Terruso, producer
moderator: Ann Pellegrini, Performance Studies and Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University
Margaret is a down-on-her-luck lesbian hooker in training. She meets Jo, a beautiful, self-assured grifter from a wealthy family and an expert on picking up women, even as she considers herself a card-carrying heterosexual. Film trailer here.
Department of Cinema Studies, Michelson Theater
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
Half-Sisters, Radical Queens, Lesbian Separatists, & Non-Men: Second Wave Trans Feminism
a lecture by Emma Heaney
February 10, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm
Emma Heaney, Draper Program, New York University
Respondent: Margaux L. Kristjansson, Anthropology, Columbia University
This talk moves off from archival documents of trans feminist political thought and struggle in the 1970s to suggest how trans feminist thought and practice — both “then and now” — can clarify two points that stalled 1970s feminist projects: (1) how can we be liberated “as women” when it is precisely the historical content of “woman” we seek to escape, and (2) can woman operate as a political category when women’s experiences are so vastly different according to race, class, and cis versus trans experience? Rather than a queer transcendence of the term “woman,” trans feminism of the 70s and today teaches that the violent enforcement of womanhood on cis women and the violent prohibition of this identity from male assigned at birth people are the twinned processes that produce the revolutionary collectivity that fights back against misogynist violence.
Humanities Initiative Conference Room
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
Feminist Queer Crip
a conversation with Alison Kafer and Sunaura Taylor
February 25, Wednesday
6 to 7:30 pm
Alison Kafer, Feminist Studies, Southwestern University
Sunaura Taylor, New York University
moderator: Mara Mills, Media, Culture & Communication, New York University
Department of Media, Culture, & Communication
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor
Mosquita y Mari (2012, 85 min., Dir: Aurora Guerrero)
a screening & discussion with Aurora Guerrero
March 5, Thursday
6 to 8 pm
Aurora Guerrero, filmmaker
Emily Cohen, anthropologist & filmmaker
A coming of age story focusing on a tender friendship between two young Chicanas. Film trailer here.
Kimmel Center for University Life
Shorin Performance Studio, Room 802
60 Washington Square South
Body Undone: A Salon in Honor of Christina Crosby
a conversation with Christina Crosby, Lisa Cohen, Leigh Gilmore, Laura Grappo, Maggie Nelson, Gayle Pemberton, & Gayle Salamon
March 10, Tuesday
“Body Undone” focuses on Christina Crosby’s forthcoming memoir of living with disability Body Undone: Living on After Great Pain. In 2003 Professor Crosby broke her neck in a bicycle accident. She writes, “Spinal cord injury has cast me into a surreal neurological wasteland that I traverse day and night. This account is an effort to describe the terrain. I want you to know, and I, myself, want better to understand, a daily venture of living that requires considerable fortitude on my part and a great dependency on others, without whose help my life would be quite literally unlivable.” She grapples directly with the physical deficits of quadriplegia suddenly encountered at age 50 and refuses to look away from the rawness of grief over the loss of her active, athletic life. The book is an exploration of embodiment that reaches back to the author’s childhood as a tomboy in small-town in Pennsylvania, her brother’s life with (and death from) multiple sclerosis, and the feminist and gay liberation movements of the 1970s that were for her thrilling life-affirmations. In the end, queer commitments create life-sustaining possibility, and open to an unknown future, lived in an undone body.
The evening begins with a reading by the author, followed by a discussion with disability studies scholars Gayle Salamon and Leigh Gilmore, writers and memoirists Lisa Cohen, Maggie Nelson and Gayle Pemberton, and queer theorist Laura Grappo. The discussion will consider the significance of Crosby’s narrative and its resistance to the terms of either a victim narrative or a narrative of triumph. Rather, Crosby lives on in a body undone, a life unfinished.
The event is free and open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible, sign language interpretation will be provided. Please note that seating for this event is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis–please plan to arrive early!
Broadway & 117th Street
3rd Floor Barnard Hall
Co-sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality.
Here Lies Love: Making Sense of Martial Law in the Philippines
a lecture by Christine Bacareza Balance
March 26, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm
Christine Balance, Asian American Studies, Culture and Theory, & Women’s Studies, University of California Irvine
In Here Lies Love (2014), an immersive theatrical experience created by musician David Byrne, DJ/producer Fatboy Slim, and theatre director Alex Timbers, former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos’ rags-to-riches tale takes place on a dance floor. With infectious pop tunes performed by a DJ, live band, and sung by an all-Asian American cast, the show asks its audience to move with, while being moved by, it. Placed “in the center of the action,” audience members are directed by ushers, decked in neon-pink jumpsuits, to move in concert with the show’s rotating platforms. The show’s “360-degree scenic and video environment” spans from amateurish and kitschy backdrops to walls of TV screens projecting both the actors’ and audience’s actions, as captured by roving cameras. In these moments, when the show’s stars— Ferdinand Marcos (Jose Lllana) and Imelda Marcos (Ruthie Ann Miles)—descend from their elevated stages, we, the common masses, feel summoned to touch them. If we do, we know that these moves will be broadcast by the installed surveillance system.
Promoted as a theatrical event unable to fit into generic categories bound by time (as Byrne describes on his website, the show is “neither a period piece nor a biography, neither a play nor a traditional musical”), Here Lies Love touts itself as outside of history. But, is it? In her presentation, Balance argues that Here Lies Love in fact stages the cultural traces of two very different 1980s: the demise of the Marcoses’ 21-year long martial rule in the Philippines and the burgeoning downtown New York arts scene of Byrne’s early career. Against critiques of Byrne/Slim/Timbers’ theatrical collaboration that question the show’s relationship to history and the merits of the creators’ artistic choices — which are seen by some to reinforce the sensational celebrity power of the Philippines’ former First Lady (and a dictator’s wife) — Balance attends to the theatrical production’s performative aspects. That is, she asks, what does Here Lies Love do and, more specifically, how might it instruct us to move forward with new ways of “making sense” of martial law in Philippine and U.S. histories?
Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
The Story of the Lost Watch: The Calypso Craze and the Ontology of Black Fad Performance
a lecture by Shane Vogel
April 7, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm
Shane Vogel, English, Indiana University
What does it mean to be a fad? This presentation outlines a historically specific ontology of black fad performance that unfolds within the political economy of race and entertainment between the 1890s and the 1960s. To be a fad is to experience your existence within a circumscribed temporality and to perform your own obsolescence. Within such a horizon of (im)possibility during the long Jim Crow era, the repetition of fad cycles over time trapped performers in cycles of racialized consumption. But it also allowed some fad performances to—only momentarily—coopt this coopted time. In this talk, I look to the gravel-voiced calypso chanteuse Josephine Premice who, at the height of the 1950s calypso craze, allegorized the ontology of black fad performance by explicitly thematizing such opportunities to pilfer the time of the fad for oneself.
Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
Somatic Experiments, Clinical Encounters: In the Consulting Room with Testo Junkie
a forum with Kirsten Lentz, Carolyn Stack, & Jamieson Webster, a response by Paul B. Preciado, and moderated by Muriel Dimen
April 17, Friday
5 to 7 pm
Kirsten Lentz, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, New York University, psychoanalyst in private practice
Carolyn Stack, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, psychoanalyst in private practice
Jamieson Webster, New School, psychoanalyst in private practice
Paul B. Preciado (respondent), CSGS Global Visiting Scholar
Moderator: Muriel Dimen, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, New York University
This interdisciplinary forum on Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era, puts author Paul B. Preciado into conversation with clinicians — Kirsten Lentz, Carolyn Stack, and Jamieson Webster, along with moderator Muriel Dimen — to discuss the range of ways Preciado’s genre-bending account of gendered embodiment both challenges and expands psychoanalytic accounts of gender, desire, and somatic experience. And vice versa. This forum continues a multi-year joint initiative between CSGS and the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality to promote open-ended exchanges between cultural theory and psychoanalytic theory.
Muriel Dimen, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst, anthropologist, and writer. Most recently, she edited With Culture in Mind. Her Sexuality, Intimacy, Power received the Goethe Award, Canadian Psychological Association. She practices psychoanalysis in Manhattan.
Dr. Kirsten Lentz is an advanced candidate at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has a PhD from Brown University in the Department of American Civilization where she studied social theory, feminist and queer theory and film. She studied Clinical Social Work at New York University. She treated patients in the Trauma Program at the Karen Horney Clinic before establishing her private practice in New York City in 2007. She is interested in how questions of social and cultural power bear on the clinical situation and on the possibility of psychological change.
Dr. Carolyn Stack is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been in private practice in Cambridge/Boston, Massachusetts for over 30 years. She works with individuals in long-term psychodynamic therapy, short-term focused treatment and psychoanalysis. She also works with couples and families, and she runs groups.
Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. Her books include The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (Karnac Books, 2011) and Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (with Simon Critchley; Pantheon, 2013). She has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, Playboy, and the Times Literary Supplement, as well as contributing clinical and theoretical articles to many psychoanalytic publications.