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April 21 :: Annual José E. Muñoz Memorial Lecture: WANTON ESCAPES, A PRIMER ON FLIGHT, José Quiroga


jem lecture 2017Annual José E. Muñoz Memorial Lecture: Wanton Escapes, a Primer on Flight

a lecture by José Quiroga

April 21, Friday
5 to 6:30 pm

José Quiroga, Spanish & Portuguese, Emory University

On June 28, 1856, residents of Havana were called upon to witness yet another neighbor who had decided to get himself onto a balloon and fly. Balloon flights had become a fad and a frenzy in Havana at that time: Virginia Marotte, from Orleans, was the first woman aeronaut, and it is said that Domingo Blinó ecstatically threw pigeons, flowers, poems–and apparently two goats– overboard before he crashed near the port of Mariel. The same fearless, indomitable spirit possessed Matías Perez to fly twice in his balloon, called “La villa de Paris.” The first flight was a success but it was the second, on June 28, the one that turned Matías Pérez into something more than just simply a man, or a hero, but into the very pixie dust from which legends are made. For his feat was so spectacular, so magnificent, so noteworthy and courageous, that it is no wonder that habaneros are still waiting for Matias Perez to come back in order to congratulate him themselves.

For days, weeks, and years, countless rescue missions on the island as well as on surrounding keys failed to come up with our hero or with any kind of debris from “La villa de París.” To this day, perhaps the sole consolation we can derive from this heroic gesture is just the pleasure of the tale. And then, of course, a popular refrain. When someone has left the party, or hides from public view, when something is lost and cannot be found we say that he, she, or it, “fled like Matias Perez.” Which means: it, or he, or she, is no more. Or does it?

It is from this flight that we begin. Not only to think about Cuba, about the Caribbean, about Latinxs, about Latin Americans, but also about our present moment, about our here and now, about how to vanish and at the same time defy presence and loss, how to dissolve without a clear motive, or how to respond to provocation when the only useful element in our toolbox is that of existence-as-flight. Guest appearances by Walt Whitman, Federico Garcia Lorca, William Burroughs, Salvador Novo, Ana Mendieta, Alejo Carpentier, Reinaldo Arenas, Lydia Cabrera and many others.

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center Auditorium
53 Washington Square South

Reception to follow.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and will be first-come, first-serve. The lecture will be live streamed and archived on the Performance Studies Facebook page.

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



April 20 :: TREASURE: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story film screening


treasureTreasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story (63 min, 2015)

a film screening & discussion with Emani Love

April 20, Thursday
7 to 9 pm

Registration required here.

Treasure is a feature documentary about nineteen year old trans woman Shelly ‘Treasure’ Hilliard whose murder involved police coercion, Jim Crow drug laws, the criminalization of sex work and transphobia. It is about a young Detroit trans community activated by her death, and her family, who are suing for justice. Shelley’s family also emerge powerfully as complex human beings that defy the stereotyping fiction films typically dole out to African-Americans. Defying the typical story, Shelley was met with love and support from her mother and sisters after coming out as transgender. That they cherished her so makes the loss they feel all the more gut-wrenching.

After the screening, we will have a Q&A with Emani Love.

Palladium
140 East 14th Street, Multi-Purpose Room

Registration required here.

Facebook event page here.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & SexualityLGBTQ Student Center, Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, & Residential Life and Housing Services.



March 31 :: RECORDING ANGELS: Witnessing Trauma at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Class, & Empire


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Recording Angels: Witnessing Trauma at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Class, & Empire

a conversation among journalists, writers, & scholars with Jade E. Davis, Eric Fair, & Liat Katz, and moderated by Patrick Blanchfield

March 31, Friday
6 to 8 pm

“Recording Angels” is an interdisciplinary conversation about the ethics and challenges of working with trauma and representing trauma for broader audiences. Bringing together academic, therapeutic, and journalistic perspectives, this panel conversation will probe difficult questions about testimony, authority, victimhood, complicity, and vulnerability in the contemporary media landscape. What authorizes, credentializes, or otherwise justifies telling the story of another individual’s suffering? Who can speak for whom – particularly across categories of gender, race, and nationality? What responsibilities, risks, and rewards come with such work?

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

Patrick Blanchfield is the 2016-2017 Henry R. Luce Initiative in Religion in International Affairs Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Religion and Media at NYU. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Emory University and is a graduate of the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute. He writes about gun violence, trauma, religion, and masculinity. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The New York Daily News, n+1, The New Inquiry, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.

Jade E. Davis, PhD is Associate Director for Digital Learning Projects at LaGuardia Community College. Her research and public writing is in applied theory and media ecology, with a particular emphasis on digital culture, surveillance studies, and representations of and trauma in relation to questions of race and gender. Some links: her keynote from Theorizing the Web 2016, “The Virality of Evil (and Fuck, Marry, Kill)”; “The Catholic schoolgirl & the wet nurse: On the ecology of oppression, trauma and crisis” in Indigeneity, Education, and Society; “Black Men Being Killed Is The New Girls Gone Wild” at Medium; “What I Learned About ‘Trigger Warnings’ From Teaching College Students” in Talking Points Memo.

Eric Fair is an Army veteran who worked in Iraq as a contract translator and interrogator in 2004. He won a Pushcart prize for his 2012 essay “Consequence,” which was published first in Ploughshares and then in Harper’s. His op-eds denouncing the US “enhanced interrogation program” and its place in American political discourse have been published in The Washington Post and the New York Times; his memoir is published by Henry Holt. Some links: “Orders, Truth and Torture at Abu Ghraib” in Utne; “Owning Up to Torture” in The New York Times; “An Interrogator’s Nightmare,” from the Washington Post; this interview with Democracy Now.

Liat Katz, LCSW-C is a clinical social worker at Montgomery County Adult Protective Services in Maryland. A graduate of New Directions, a three-year postgraduate writing program run by the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, she currently edits its literary magazine. She writes about treating people with marginalized communities who suffer from complex trauma, her own experiences with depression and psychiatric care, queer identity, and more. Some examples of her work: “How I went from social worker to psychiatric unit patient” in the Washington Post; “My revolving closet door” in the Washingtonian; “Wordless tea” in Lilith.

This event is free & open to the public.

For more information, please contact the Center for Religion & Media at info.crmny(at)gmail.com or 212-998-7608.

Facebook event page here.

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



April 20: TREASURE: From Tragedy to Trans Justice Mapping a Detroit Story film screening


treasureTreasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice Mapping a Detroit Story (63 min, 2015)

a film screening & discussion with Emani Love

April 20, Thursday
7 to 9 pm

Registration required here.

Treasure is a feature documentary about nineteen year old trans woman Shelly ‘Treasure’ Hilliard whose murder involved police coercion, Jim Crow drug laws, the criminalization of sex work and transphobia. It is about a young Detroit trans community activated by her death, and her family, who are suing for justice. Shelley’s family also emerge powerfully as complex human beings that defy the stereotyping fiction films typically dole out to African-Americans. Defying the typical story, Shelley was met with love and support from her mother and sisters after coming out as transgender. That they cherished her so makes the loss they feel all the more gut-wrenching.

After the screening, we will have a Q&A with Emani Love.

Palladium
140 East 14th Street, Multi-Purpose Room

Screening is free & open to the public, but registration required here.

For more information about this event, please contact sj Miller at sj.miller(at)nyu.edu at the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.

Facebook event page here.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & SexualityLGBTQ Student Center, Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, & Residential Life and Housing Services.



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, Emanuela Bianchi, Pablo Assumpção B Costa, Eleonora Fabião, Carla Freccero, 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

Emanuela Bianchi, Comparative Literature, New York University

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, Literature & History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz

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.

2 pm
Welcome and introduction
Katie Gentile (SGS) and Ann Pellegrini (CSGS)

2:15 pm
Panel 1: Placing Animals
Carla Freccero
Katie Gentile
Nathan Snaza
Moderator: Ann Pellegrini

3:45 pm
Panel 2: Placing Objects
Nuar Alsadir
Francisco Gonzalez
Julietta Singh
Moderator: Emanuela Bianchi

5:15 pm
Panel 3: Placing Affects
Eleonora Fabião
Donovan Schaefer
Michelle Stephens
Moderator: Pablo Assumpção B Costa

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

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

Preceded on Thursday evening by Darwin, Queerly: Evolution, Natural Law, & the Diversity of Desire, a lecture by Donovan Schaefer.

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.

Followed on Friday afternoon by Non-human Encounters: Animals, Objects, Affects, & the Place of Practice: Conversations between cultural theory, psychoanalysis, & the arts.

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.

Live music! Video! Wine & cheese!

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 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 […]

Feb 8: ABORTION IN THE TRUMP ERA

Abortion 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 […]

** SPRING 2017 EVENTS **

csgs spring 2017 events calendar

Recording Angels: Witnessing Trauma at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Class, & Empire

recording angels

a conversation among journalists, writers, & scholars with Jade E. Davis, Eric Fair, & Liat Katz, and moderated by Patrick Blanchfield

March 31, Friday
6 to 8 pm

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

Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story

Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story

a film screening & discussion with Emani Love

April 20, Thursday
7 to 9 pm

Palladium
140 East 14th Street, Multi-Purpose Room
NYC

Annual José E. Muñoz Memorial Lecture: Wanton Escapes, a Primer on Flight

Annual José E. Muñoz Memorial Lecture: Wanton Escapes, a Primer on Flight

a lecture by José Quiroga

April 21, Friday
5 to 6:30 pm

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center Auditorium
53 Washington Square South
NYC