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March 10: Body Undone: A Salon in Honor of Christina Crosby



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
6:30 pm

“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!

Barnard College
Broadway & 117th Street
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Co-sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality.


This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information about this event, please contact BCRW at 212-854-2067 or bcrw(at)barnard.edu.



March 26: Here Lies Love: Making Sense of Martial Law in the Philippines



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

Co-sponsored by the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute; Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; and Department of Performance Studies.


This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

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

Facebook event page here.



March 5: Mosquita y Mari film screening & discussion



Mosquita y Mari (2012, 85 min., Dir: Aurora Guerrero)

a screening & discussion with Emily CohenAurora 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

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Media, Culture & HistoryCenter for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Department of Anthropology; LGBTQ Student Center;
Program in Asian/Pacific/American Studies; and Program in Latino Studies.


This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information about this event, contact the NYU Center for Media, Culture & History at 212-998-3759 or cmch.info(at)nyu.edu.



February 25: Feminist Queer Crip



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

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Council for the Study of Disability; and Department of Media, Culture, & Communication.


This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information about this event, please contact the NYU Department of Media, Culture, & Communication at 212-998-5191 or mcc(at)nyu.edu.



February 10: Half-Sisters, Radical Queens, Lesbian Separatists, & Non-Men: Second Wave Trans Feminism



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


This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

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

Facebook event page here.



January 28: The Foxy Merkins



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

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History and the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality.


This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information about this event, contact the NYU Center for Media, Culture & History at 212-998-3759 or cmch.info(at)nyu.edu.



Dec 5: Shaming, Flaming: Lawrence King & the Murderous Regulation of Gender Non-conforming Youth



Shaming, Flaming: Lawrence King & the Murderous Regulation of Gender Non-conforming Youth

a forum with Ken Corbett & Gayle M. Salamon

December 5, Friday
5 to 7 pm

Ken Corbett, Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, New York University

Gayle M. Salamon, English, Princeton University

In February 2008, Larry King, a 15-year-old gender nonconforming teenager of color, was shot and killed at point blank range by his 14-year-old classmate, Brandon McInerney.  In the ensuing murder trial of McInerney, the defense effectively redescribed Larry King’s gender non-conformity and presumed gay-ness as forms of aggression against McInerney.  Larry’s “flamboyance” became the smoking gun that caused his killer to snap.  The jury was unable to reach consensus and a mistrial was declared.  (McInerney eventually pled guilty to lesser charges, avoiding a retrial.)  Both of the speakers at this forum attended McInerney’s trial in the summer of 2011.  And both are now completing book-length studies that meditate on the Larry King case to examine the everyday forms of violence that ensnare queer subjects, where “queer” includes queerness of gender identity, sexuality, race, and bodily comportment.

Jurow Hall, Silver Center
100 Washington Square East

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, and the Dean of the College of Arts & Science.


This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information, please contact CSGS at csgs(at)nyu.edu or 212-992-9540.

Facebook event page here.



Nov 14 & 15: Posthuman Antiquities: A Cross-Disciplinary Conference



Posthuman Antiquities: A Cross-Disciplinary Conference

a two-day conference with keynotes by Adriana Cavarero & Claudia Baracchi, and with Emanuela Bianchi, Sara Brill, Rebecca Hill, Brooke Holmes, Miriam Leonard, Ramona Naddaff, Michael Naas, Mark Payne, John Protevi, Kristin Sampson, & Giulia Sissa

November 14 & 15, Friday & Saturday
9:15 am to 8 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT, PLEASE VISIT HERE.

Claudia Baracchi, Humanities Education, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy

Emanuela Bianchi, Comparative Literature, New York University

Sara Brill, Philosophy, Fairfield University

Adriana Cavarero, Philosophy, Education & Psychology, University of Verona, Italy

Rebecca Hill, Media & Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Brooke Holmes, Classics, Princeton University

Miriam Leonard, Greek & Latin, University College, London

Michael Naas, Philosophy, DePaul University

Ramona Naddaff, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Mark Payne, Classics, University of Chicago

John Protevi, French Studies and Philosophy, Louisiana State University

Kristin Sampson, Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway

Giulia Sissa, Political Science, UCLA

What can an inquiry into antiquity offer posthumanist thinking on the body, on nature and its relationship with technology, and on the fundamental interrelatedness of the physical, the biological, the psychical, the social and the artifactual?

Greek and Roman literary, philosophical, and medical texts are resplendent with sites in which ‘materiality’ and ‘embodiment’ (in current parlance) erupt into a field of questioning, deliberation, care, and experimentation. A return to antiquity is particularly pertinent in the wake of the philosophical demise of the sovereignty of the modern individual human subject and the rise not only of approaches such as deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and feminism, but also recent turns to chaos theory, complexity theory, vitalism, affect theory, environmental philosophy, and animal studies. As with these contemporary discourses, classical thinking displaces and complicates the modern notion of subjectivity, and finds movement and life inherently at work in both organic and inorganic phenomena.

This international conference seeks to foster conversation and cross-pollination between these vastly different periods positioned, as they both are, as transitional zones. We propose that through an encounter with “the Greeks,” we can not only re-imagine the trajectories and potentialities of contemporary posthumanist theorizing, but also interrogate narratives of origin, legacy, and linear temporality.

Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center
100 Washington Square East

Conference organized by Emanuela Bianchi, Sara Brill and Brooke Holmes. Co-sponsored by the NYU Department of Comparative Literature; Center for Ancient Studies; Gallatin Fund: Classics & the Contemporary World; Faculty Global Research Initiative; Dean of the College of Arts & Science; Dean for Humanities, Arts & Science; Humanities Initiative; Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Department of Philosophy; Department of Classics; Department of Media, Culture & Communication; A. S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies; and Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies.

And by the Fairfield University College of Arts and Science; and the Postclassicisms Network.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT, PLEASE VISIT HERE.



Nov 5: Intersections, Interventions, & the Homoerotics of Orientalism

Intersections, Interventions, & the Homoerotics of Orientalism

a lecture by Joseph Boone

THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

Joseph Boone, English, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature, USC Dornsife

One of the largely untold stories of Orientalism is the degree to which the Middle East has been associated with ‘deviant’ [...]

Oct 30 & 31: The Telephone Book @ 25 symposium

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The Telephone Book @ 25

a two-day symposium with Emanuela Bianchi, Patricia Clough, Hent de Vries, Ben Kafka, Kyoo Lee, Thomas Y. Levin, Lydia Liu, Mariano López Seoane, Elissa Marder, Fred Moten, Ann Pellegrini, Antje Pfannkuchen, Ethan Philbrick, Willis G. Regier, Nimrod Reitman, Avital Ronell, Chadwick Smith, Elizabeth Weed, [...]