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Oct 30 & 31: The Telephone Book @ 25 symposium



The Telephone Book @ 25

a two-day symposium with Emanuela Bianchi, Patricia Clough, Hent de Vries, Ben Kafka, Kyoo Lee, Lydia Liu, Mariano López SeoaneElissa Marder, Fred Moten, Ann PellegriniAntje Pfannkuchen, Ethan Philbrick, Willis G. Regier, Nimrod Reitman, Avital Ronell, Chadwick Smith, Elizabeth Weed, Shari Wolk, & Dominik Zechner

October 30 & 31, Thursday & Friday
October 30: 5 to 8 pm
October 31: 10:30 am to 6 pm

REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED. NO RSVPs.

Emanuela Bianchi, Comparative Literature, New York University

Patricia Clough, Sociology and Women’s Studies, Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY

Hent de Vries, Humanities Center and Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University

Ben Kafka, Media, Culture & Communication, New York University

Kyoo Lee, Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Lydia LiuComparative Literature and Chinese, Columbia University

Mariano López Seoane, New York University Buenos Aires

Elissa Marder, French & Comparative Literature, Emory University

Fred Moten, English, UC-Riverside

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

Antje Pfannkuchen, German, Dickinson College

Ethan Philbrick, Performance Studies, New York University

Willis G. Regier, Director, University of Illinois Press

Nimrod Reitman, German, New York University

Avital Ronell, Comparative Literature, New York University

Chadwick Smith, German, New York University

Elizabeth Weed, Pembroke Center for Teaching & Research on Women, Brown University

Shari Wolk, Media, Culture & Communication, New York University

Dominik Zechner, German, New York University

This two-day event brings together scholars in literary studies, philosophy, new media, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, and performance studies to discuss the ongoing impact of Avital Ronell’s path-breaking The Telephone Book, on the occasion of that book’s 25th anniversary.

Deutsches Haus @ NYU
42 Washington Mews

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Deutsches Haus; with additional support from the NYU Department of Performance Studies; the NYU Department of Media, Culture & Communication; the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service); the Office of the Vice-Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity; and the Office of the Dean for Humanities.


SCHEDULE:

Thursday, Oct 30th

Welcoming Remarks — Joy Connolly, Dean for the Humanities, NYU: 5 pm

Opening Panel: 5:15 to 7 pm
Emanuela Bianchi, Comparative Literature, NYU
Patricia Clough, Sociology and Women’s Studies, Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY
Mariano López Seoane, Faculty, NYU Buenos Aires
Fred Moten, English, University of California, Riverside
Moderator: Ann Pellegrini, Performance Studies and Social & Cultural Analysis; Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, NYU

Performative Interlude: 7 pm
Ethan Philbrick, Performance Studies, NYU

Opening reception: 7:15 to 8 pm

Friday, Oct 31st

Welcoming Remarks — Willis G. Regier, Director, University of Illinois Press & Ulrich Baer, Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity, NYU: 10:30 am

Session One: 10:45 am to 12:15 pm
Nimrod Reitman, German, NYU
Shari Wolk, Media, Culture & Communication, NYU
Dominik Zechner, German, NYU
Moderator: Avital Ronell, Comparative Literature and German, NYU

Session Two: 1:15 to 2:45 pm
Hent de Vries, Humanities Center and Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University
Lydia Liu, Comparative Literature and Chinese, Columbia University
Elizabeth Weed, Pembroke Center for Teaching & Research on Women, Brown University
Moderator: Chadwick Smith, German, NYU

Session Three: 3 to 4:30 pm
Kyoo Lee, Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Elissa Marder, French and Comparative Literature, Emory University
Antje Pfannkuchen, German, Dickinson College
Moderator: Ben Kafka, Media, Culture & Communication, NYU

Concluding remarks: 4:30 to 5 pm
Avital Ronell, Comparative Literature and German, NYU

Closing reception: 5 to 6 pm

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO RSVPs.

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

Facebook event page here.



Oct 23: Anxiety, Whitman, Sympathy: lecture by Jane Bennett



Anxiety, Whitman, Sympathy

a lecture by Jane Bennett

October 23, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm

Jane Bennett, Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

American public culture is today full of anxiety, ceaselessly renewed by the news and entertainment media, by government claims and policies, by everyday exposure to extensive surveillance, disciplinary, and militarized technologies. Anxiety is, by and large, a system-maintaining affect; it has supported the regime of neo-liberal capitalism by de-politicizing the experience of its violent and unjust effects. One project for the Left today might be to build a machine for fighting anxiety. I explore this task, finding resources for it in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. There Whitman works to inflect anxiety sometimes toward righteous anger, but more often toward sympathy. Whitman invokes several different kinds of sympathy, from a sentimentalist version to an impersonal cosmic force akin to gravity. In each case, sympathy emerges as a modification of anxiety: the high-alert sensory agitation of anxiety is turned into a high-alert sensory discernment of similarities and resonances between bodies. Whitman helps us to discern a politicizing potential within sympathy and to help us to think about how to turn anxiety into something more politically potent.

Tisch Dean’s Conference Room
721 Broadway, 12th Floor

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


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

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



October 14: TAKING OFFENSE: Trigger Warnings & the Neoliberal Politics of Endangerment

Taking Offense: Trigger Warnings & the Neoliberal Politics of Endangerment

a panel discussion with Lisa Duggan, Jack Halberstam, Tavia Nyong’o, Ann PellegriniAvgi Saketopoulou, & Karen Shimakawa

October 14, Tuesday
6:30 to 8:15

Lisa Duggan, Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

Jack Halberstam, American Studies & Ethnicity, Gender Studies, Comparative Literature, and English, USC Dornsife

Tavia Nyong’o, Performance Studies, New York University

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

Avgi Saketopoulou, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York University

Moderated by Karen Shimakawa, Performance Studies, New York University

Please note venue change:
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU Department of Performance Studies, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics.


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

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



Oct 7: On the Gelatinous: Three Movements



On the Gelatinous: Three Movements

a lecture by Kyla Wazana Tompkins

October 7, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm

Kyla Wazana Tompkins, English and Gender & Women’s Studies, Pomona College

Kyla Wazana Tompkins’ work in critical race and queer theory, food studies, and American cultural and literary history has thus far focused on the objects, people, and spaces where sociality and materiality meet, spaces where we can begin to limn the outlines of biopolitical world as it is experienced in the granular qualities of the everyday. This lecture, which Tompkins is developing as part of a new project (tentatively titled “So Moved”), will look at multiple forms of movement – affective, emotional, political and physical – as they coalesce in and around particular food textures, in this case, the soft squishiness of gelatin. “On the Gelatinous” considers three texts – Martin Delany’s Blake, Herman Melville’s Poor Man’s Pudding, Rich’s Man’s Crumbs, and a recent pornographic screensaver by Afro-Canadian artist David Findlay entitled “Generous Gesture” – in which the haptic, movemential, and tactile quality that we might term “the gelatinous” allows for authors and artists to theorize different forms of movement and sociality.

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

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & SexualityDepartment of Social & Cultural AnalysisNutrition, Food Studies, & Public Health; and NYU Press.


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

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



Oct 3: De Sidere 7, film screening & discussion



De Sidere 7

a screening & discussion with Nicolas Grandi & Lata Mani

October 3, Friday
5 to 7pm

Renowned Indian feminist scholar Lata Mani and Argentinian filmmaker Nicolas Grandi present their recent collaboration, an experimental 38 minute video entitled De Sidere 7, a meditation on desire, queer embodiment, and urban space shot in New Delhi and Bangalore. The screening of the video will be accompanied by a discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers.

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

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute, the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, South Asia@NYU, and the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality.


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

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



Sept 25: Transgender/Transnational: Mapping Transgender Subjectivity Across National & Institutional Boundaries



Transgender/Transnational: Mapping Transgender Subjectivity Across National & Institutional Boundaries

a forum with Tey Meadow & Afsaneh Najmabadi

Thursday, September 25
6:30 to 8 pm

Tey Meadow, Sociology and Studies of Women, Gender & Sexuality, Harvard University

Afsaneh Najmabadi, History and Studies of Women, Gender & Sexuality, Harvard University

In this interdisciplinary conversation, Tey Meadow and Afsaneh Najmabadi will discuss the different strategies adopted by gender nonconforming  subjects in their negotiations of cultural, medical, religious, and state-bureaucratic scripts for “being” a legible subject of gender.  Along the way, Meadow and Najmabadi will also consider the challenges of doing cross-cultural studies of transgender and the limits of identity categories.

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

Co-sponsored by the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute, Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, and Department of Social & Cultural Analysis.


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

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

photo courtesy of Doris Cheung



April 24: Religious Freedom “versus” Equal Rights? Emerging Dilemmas in Law and Policy Across the Americas: Gender, Sexuality, Religion



Religious Freedom “versus” Equal Rights? Emerging Dilemmas in Law and Policy Across the Americas: Gender, Sexuality, Religion

a forum with Lori G. Beaman, Benjamin Berger, Katherine M. FrankeMarco Huaco, Louise Melling, Julieta Lemaitre Ripoll, Pam Spees, Nelson Tebbe, Juan Marco Vaggione, Rev. Winnie Varghese–and more

Thursday, April 24
2 to 6 pm

For a preview of the day’s conversation, click HERE.

Lori G. Beaman, Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada

Benjamin Berger, Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada

Katherine M. Franke, Columbia Law School

Marco Huaco, President & Founder, Institute Pro Religious Freedom and Public Affaires (PROLIBRE), Peru

Louise Melling, Center for Liberty, American Civil Liberties Union

Julieta Lemaitre Ripoll, Legal Theory, University of the Andes, Colombia

Pam Spees, staff attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights

Nelson Tebbe, Brooklyn Law School

Juan Marco Vaggione, Sociology, School of Law, National University of Córdoba, Argentina, and the Argentinean National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)

Rev. Winnie Varghese, Rector, St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery

This forum is part of a larger multi-year initiative on “Managing Religious Diversity in the Neoliberal Americas,” based at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics and funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. For this April event, we are gathering leading legal scholars, policy practitioners, and religious studies scholars from across the Americas to consider tensions—real and alleged—between religious freedom and social equality.

This framing – religious liberty “versus” social equality for women and LGBT people – is happening across the Americas, but its specific forms, policy solutions, and vocabularies are not taking the same shape in each national context.

In the United States, for example, we see an amplification of rhetoric that pits the claims for equality and rights of LGBT people and women “against” the religious liberty of traditionalist opponents of, for example, homosexuality and abortion. But this is more than rhetoric: in March 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a major “religious liberty” challenge to the contraceptive provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and religious exemptions are the next frontier in the political and legal fight over same-sex marriage in the United States.

In Argentina, the Asosiación de Derechos Civiles (ADC) has challenged the compulsory teaching of Catholic education in public schools in the Province of Salta, calling it a violation of students’ rights to receive a secular education. In June 2013, the provincial Supreme Court upheld the Catholic curriculum. In their ruling, the Justices based their decision in part on the fact that a majority of citizens in that province are Catholic. The ADC is appealing the decision. Meanwhile, Christian communities in Chiapas and other parts of Mexico are demanding the right to home school children in a context where secular elementary education is compulsory.

These disputes across the Americas reveal the fractures and realignments that occur when the dominance or hegemony of particular religious institutions come under challenge, whether due to an increase in religious diversity and/or to changes at the level of the state. How are we to make sense of and respond to these phenomena? What critical tools are being used by local actors to respond to their specific national debates? How might we together develop analyses and activist tool-kits capable of thinking and acting across national boundaries and legal differences?

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


Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics; funding provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.

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

For more information, please contact the Hemispheric Institute at 212-998-1631.

Facebook event page here.



May 2: Temporality in Question: Psychoanalysis Meets Queer Time



Temporality in Question: Psychoanalysis Meets Queer Time

a panel discussion with William Auerbach, Carolyn Dinshaw, Katie Gentile, & Ann Pellegrini

Friday, May 2
4 to 6 pm

William Auerbach, psychologist in private practice in New York City

Carolyn Dinshaw, English and Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

Katie Gentile, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, New York University

Ann Pellegrini, Performance Studies and Religious Studies, New York University

This forum stages a paradox: Over the past 15 years, scholars in queer studies have produced a rich and richly heterogeneous body of work linking temporal and sexual dissidence. In order to rethink and interrupt “straight,” or linear, time, much of this scholarship draws on and critically reworks psychoanalysis—prominently: Freud’s conceptions of melancholia, repetition compulsion, trauma, and the ongoing affective and erotic force of the past in the present more generally. In the main, however, and despite the arguable centrality of time for psychoanalysis as theory and as practice (in the form of the clinical hour, for example), psychoanalysts have only recently begun to address themselves to questions of time or temporality as such. This event brings together scholars and clinicians to explore what queer theories of temporality and untimely bodies might say to psychoanalysis and its conceptions of time.

Great Room
19 University Place, Ground Floor


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

This event is free and open to the public.  Venue is wheelchair accessible.  Seating is first-come.

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

Facebook event page here.

Image by Kimberly Haines.



April 21: “I Use My Love to Guide Me”: Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Impossible Situations

“I Use My Love to Guide Me”: Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Impossible Situations

a panel discussion with Reina Gossett, CeCe McDonald, & Dean Spade

Monday, April 21 7:30 pm

Event is free, but registration is REQUIRED — click here to register!

For more information about this event, please contact the Barnard [...]

March 11 & 12: Brother to Brother, Sister to Sister

Brother to Brother, Sister to Sister

a series celebrating the works of LGBT artists

Tuesday & Wednesday, March 11 & 12

IAAA (Institute of African American Affairs) at New York University continues the year-long series on lectures, poetry readings, and film screenings with key figures, as well as emerging stars, of the LGBT [...]