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March 24 :: NON-HUMAN ENCOUNTERS: Animals, Objects, Affects, & the Place of Practice


non-humanNon-human Encounters: Animals, Objects, Affects, & the Place of Practice
Conversations between cultural theory, psychoanalysis, & the arts

a forum with Nuar Alsadir, Pablo Assumpção B Costa, Eleonora Fabião, Carla Freccero, Elaine Freedgood, Katie Gentile, Francisco Gonzalez, Ann Pellegrini, Donovan Schaefer, Julietta Singh, Nathan Snaza, & Michelle Stephens

March 24, Friday
2 to 6:30 pm

Nuar Alsadir, Poet & Psychoanalyst, NYC

Pablo Assumpção B Costa, Global Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, New York University

Eleonora Fabião, performance artist & theorist, professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Carla Freccero, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Elaine Freedgood, English, New York University

Katie Gentile, Interdisciplinary Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Francisco Gonzalez, Personal & Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and Staff Psychiatrist, Instituto Familiar de la Raza

Ann Pellegrini, Performance Studies and Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

Donovan Schaefer, Lecturer in Religion & Science, Trinity College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Julietta Singh, English, University of Richmond

Nathan Snaza, English, University of Richmond

Michelle Stephens, English & Latino and Caribbean Studies, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey

This half-day symposium is the 9th annual collaboration between NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality. The question of the non-human is a vital one for psychoanalysis, but in the main remains a path not taken. There is, meanwhile, a growing scholarly literature, and across multiple fields, that explores the post- and non-human: e.g., critical animal studies, new materialisms, object-oriented ontology, post-colonial studies, affect studies, and queer of color critique. The broad goal of this year’s forum is to see what happens when clinicians, cultural theorists, and arts practitioners talk together about and beyond the limits of the human, through such keywords as animals, objects, and affects. Through an explicit foregrounding of the “place of practice,” panelists will also attend to questions of institutional location (e.g., classroom, cubicle, consulting room, museum or gallery, street corner) as well as histories of power. How does where we think, write, work, and with whom (or what) shape critical practices, conceptual possibilities, horizons of the sayable and sensible.

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

This event is free & open to the public. RSVPs not necessary.

For more information, please contact the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at csgs(at)nyu.edu or 212-992-9540.

Facebook event page here.

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



March 23: DARWIN, QUEERLY: Evolution, Natural Law, & the Diversity of Desire


darwin queerlyDarwin, Queerly: Evolution, Natural Law, & the Diversity of Desire

a lecture by Donovan Schaefer

March 23, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm

Donovan Schaefer, Lecturer in Religion & Science, Trinity College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Darwinian biology is often held up as a heteronormative framework. Natural law theologians who are pro-Darwin see it as a way to glorify straightness, cisness, and heteropatriarchal norms. But a closer examination of Darwinian thought–both within Darwin’s research and subsequent developments in evolutionary theory–shows that Darwin can be coupled with contemporary queer and trans* theory. Darwin is a passionate partisan of difference, becoming, vital materiality, and the diversity of desire.

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

This event is free & open to the public. RSVPs not necessary.

For more information, please contact the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at csgs(at)nyu.edu or 212-992-9540.

Facebook event page here.

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



March 9: CSGS Website Launch Party for Otherwise: Queer Scholarship Into Song


Otherwise: Queer Scholarship Into Song at Joe's Pub in New York, NY, on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Photograph by Andrew Hinderaker

Otherwise: Queer Scholarship Into Song at Joe’s Pub in New York, NY, on Sunday, April 24, 2016.
Photograph by Andrew Hinderaker

CSGS Website Launch Party for Otherwise: Queer Scholarship Into Song

with music videos & live performance by Kay Turner & The Pages (Viva DeConcini & Mary Feaster)

March 9, Thursday
7 to 9 pm

Join CSGS and performers Kay Turner, Viva DeConcini, and Mary Feaster as we celebrate this homecoming–or homo-coming–of the Otherwise project.  Otherwise transforms “academic” studies of queer life, history, and world-making into hummable song. This musical cabaret of queer theory was staged to sell-out crowds at Dixon Place (in 2013) and at Joe’s Pub (in 2016). The latter event was produced by CSGS. CSGS is proud to be hosting the video documentation of this project on its website. This “virtual” Otherwise features videos of the all the songs performed at the 2013 and 2016 stagings. Get a sneak preview of the videos before they go world-wide-web, hear from impressaria Kay Turner about  the conception of the project, and enjoy the company of some of the other artists and authors behind Otherwise.

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

This event is free & open to the public. RSVPs not necessary.

Facebook event page here.

For more information, please contact the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at csgs(at)nyu.edu or 212-992-9540.

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



Feb 21: THE SEXUAL POLITICS OF MEAT



sexual politics of meatThe Sexual Politics of Meat

a lecture by Carol J. Adams

February 21, Tuesday
6 to 8:30 pm

Carol J. Adams, writer & activist

In this multi-media lecture and discussion, author and activist Carol J. Adams discusses the animalizing of women in contemporary cultural images and the sexualizing of animals used for food.  Adams is the author of the pioneering volumes The Sexual Politics of Meat and The Pornography of Meat, and her work has been formative to both ecofeminism and to new directions in critical animal studies.  Her lecture will offer an ecofeminist analysis of the interconnected oppressions of sexism, racism, and speciesism by exploring the way popular culture draws on dominant Western philosophical viewpoints regarding race, gender, and species.  One of her ambitions is to show how Western epistemologies actually further the objectification of multiple Others, human and non-.  In this lecture, she identifies how meat has been a valued masculine-identified protein source and indicates how assumptions about meat eating and its promotion via advertisements, for example, privilege some beings to the violent exclusion of many others.

Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South, Room 802

This event is free & open to the public.

For more information about this event, please contact the NYU Animal Welfare Collective here.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Animal Welfare Collective; Animal Studies Initiative; Asian American Women’s Alliance; Center for the Humanities; Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; The Feminist Society.



CSGS Global Visiting Scholar 2017: Pablo Assumpção Barros Costa

pablo costaPablo Assumpção Barros Costa is Associate Professor of Dance and Performance at Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC), in Fortaleza, Brazil. Since having received his PhD in Performance Studies from NYU in 2013, he has published various articles and book chapters on the politics and aesthetics of performance in Brazil, increasingly focusing his writing on forms of ethnographic sensuousness, and sensorial formations of queerness, particularly in relation to practices of bohemianism, nightlife culture, and erotic delinquency in Northeast Brazil. He has been invited to speak about Brazil’s queer sexual cultures in various universities, such as the Université Paris-Sorbonne, Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and HafenCity Universität Hamburg. He teaches and advises in the Undergraduate Program in Dance and the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Arts, both at UFC (Fortaleza, Brazil). His current research continues to extend his long-term experimental ethnography of queer friendship in Fortaleza to questions of care, mourning, and kinship.


For a list of past Visiting Scholars, click here.



Feb 8: ABORTION IN THE TRUMP ERA


abortion in the trump eraAbortion in the Trump Era

a lunch panel with Madeline Gomez & Carol Mason

February 8, Wednesday
12:30 to 2 pm

Madeline Gomez, Legal Fellow, Center for Reproductive Rights

Carol Mason, Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky

This panel will focus on the state of abortion access both in the years leading up to the election of Trump and what his Presidency will mean for the state of reproductive healthcare in the U.S. Panelists will discuss the historical legacies of both the pro-life and pro-choice movements and the contemporary terrain on which activists are fighting for abortion access.

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

Lunch will be provided.

For more information about this event, please contact the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis at 212-992-9650.

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



Feb 15: EXPERIMENTS IN SEX


experiments in sexExperiments in Sex

a panel discussion with Barbara Browning, Pablo Assumpção B Costa, & André Lepecki

February 15, Wednesday
7 to 8:30 pm

Barbara Browning, Performance Studies, New York University

Pablo Assumpção B Costa, Global Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, New York University

André Lepecki, Performance Studies, New York University

This panel puts three leading scholars of performance into conversation to explore sexual expressivity, its modes, meanings, and mutations. Drawing from multiple analytic frames (the ethnological, the choreographic, and the literary) and drawing on multiple aesthetic genres (field notes, pornography, the novel) the panelists explore the dis/organization and performance of desire, sex, embodiment.

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.

This event is free & open to the public.

Facebook event page here.

For more information, please contact the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at csgs(at)nyu.edu or 212-992-9540.



Jan 25: REAL WOMEN REAL VOICES: Where the People Meet the Policy


real women real voicesReal Women Real Voices: Where the People Meet the Policy

a dialogue around incarceration with a focus on women

January 25, Wednesday
5 to 8 pm

Please register here.

This symposium will focus on the issues, concerns and needed changes affecting incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. The panels will feature currently and formerly incarcerated women discussing the effects of incarceration and the carceral state on themselves, their families and their communities. The Council is the first-ever national organization created and led by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls.

NYU Law School, Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South

Presented by the NYU Wagner Students for Criminal Justice Reform.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association; Black American Law Students Association; Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Law Women; Prisoners’ Rights and Education Project; South Asian Law Students Association; & Women of Color Collective; and by Aloft Harlem; Can-Do Clemency; Families for Justice As Healing; The Ladies of Hope Ministries; The Operation Restoration; Project Liberation; The Real Cost of Prisons Project.

This event is free & open to the public, but registration is required.



Jan 27: NEW WORLD ORDERS: Coloniality, Racial Intimacies, & Disability

New World Orders: Coloniality, Racial Intimacies, & Disability

a symposium featuring artists Candice Lin & Xandra Ibarra, with Aimee Bahng, Mel Chen, Jasbir Puar, Ivan Ramos, Mark Rifkin, & C. Riley Snorton

January 27, Friday 1 to 6 pm

Seating is limited, please register here.

This symposium pairs recent work in critical indigenous and race […]

Dec 13 :: STATE OF THE UNION: Poetry of Witness

State of the Union: Poetry of Witness

a poetry reading with Janani Balasubramanian & Camille Rankine

December 13, Tuesday 6 to 8 pm

The term “poetry of witness” refers to poems written in “conditions of social and historical extremity” (Carolyn Forché). This event presents writers Camille Rankine and Janani Balasubramanian, who write poetry of […]

** SPRING 2017 EVENTS **

csgs spring 2017 events calendar

CSGS Website Launch Party for Otherwise: Queer Scholarship Into Song

CSGS Website Launch Party for Otherwise: Queer Scholarship Into Song

with music videos & live performance by Kay Turner & The Pages (Viva DeConcini & Mary Feaster)

March 9, Thursday
7 to 9 pm

CSGS
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
NYC

Darwin, Queerly: Evolution, Natural Law, & the Diversity of Desire

Darwin, Queerly: Evolution, Natural Law, & the Diversity of Desire

a lecture by Donovan Schaefer

March 23, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm

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

Non-human Encounters: Animals, Objects, Affects, & the Place of Practice

Non-human Encounters: Animals, Objects, Affects, & the Place of Practice

Conversations between cultural theory, psychoanalysis, & the arts

a forum with Nuar Alsadir, Pablo Assumpção B Costa, Eleonora Fabião, Carla Freccero, Elaine Freedgood, Katie Gentile, Francisco Gonzalez, Ann Pellegrini, Donovan Schaefer, Julietta Singh, Nathan Snaza, & Michelle Stephens

March 24, Friday
2 to 6:30 pm

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