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April 7: ‘An Eight Day Passage’: Performance Art, Endurance, & Men



Exhibition-Poster-Terry-Trengove-An-Eight-Day-Passage-1977‘An Eight Day Passage’: Performance Art, Endurance, & Men

a lecture by Dominic Johnson

April 7, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm

Dominic Johnson, English & Drama, Queen Mary University of London, and CSGS Visiting Scholar, New York University

‘On the morning of the 25th October 1977 I shall be incarcerated within the confines of a concrete cell and the entrance sealed behind me […]. [My] task within the eight day duration of this work will be to attempt to free myself from the isolation of these chosen limits of time and space.’ So reads in part a statement of intent by the late British artist Kerry Trengove, ahead of his endurance performance An Eight Day Passage (1977), in which he dug his way out of a gallery, through foundations and walls. The action received extensive coverage in the national press, and was iconic among fellow artists and their audiences, yet it has since slipped into obscurity. In this lecture, Johnson “recovers” the action and situates it in relation to better-known works of durational endurance in the period, in order to ask critical questions about political, class and masculine struggle in the 1970s.

Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor

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. Venue is wheelchair-accessible.

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

Facebook event page here.



March 25: Beyond Normal: The Fantasy Bodies of National Culture



beyond normalBeyond Normal: The Fantasy Bodies of National Culture

a panel with andrè carrington, Julie Elman, & Ramzi Fawaz

March 25, Friday
10 am to 4 pm

andrè carrington, English & Philosophy, Drexel University

Julie Elman, Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Missouri

Ramzi Fawaz, English, University of Wisconsin, Madison

How do popular culture and mass media shape our notions of what it means to be healthy, happy, safe, and human? And how might imaginative genres like fantasy and speculative fiction break the mold of the “normal life”? This symposium brings together three scholars working at the intersections of critical race, disability, and gender and sexuality studies to consider how the misfit, freak, speculative, and mutant bodies of American culture are variously contained or authorized by different twentieth century and contemporary media and social forms, exploring genres and affective modes like fantasy, speculative fiction, and enchantment.

Social & Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

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


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

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

Facebook event page here.



March 3: The Present & Future of LGBT Political Identity



present future lgbtThe Present & Future of LGBT Political Identity

a lecture by Patrick Egan with discussant Leonie Huddy

March 3, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm

Patrick J. Egan, Politics, New York University

Leonie Huddy, Political Science, SUNY Stony Brook

The U.S. Supreme Court’s extension of the right to marry to all 50 states caps a remarkable transformation in law and policy with regard to gay rights, as well as a change in Americans’ attitudes about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people whose speed is without parallel in recent American history. In this sense, LGBT people are following a path tread by many minority groups as they’ve moved away from stigma and discrimination toward de jure equality and assimilation. What does this mean for their politics? LGBTs are currently among the most loyal members of the liberal Democratic coalition in the United States. Will this cohesiveness persist, or will gay people’s political identity become less distinctive over time?

Department of Politics
19 West 4th Street, 2nd Floor, Room 217

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


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

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

Facebook event page here.



2016 CSGS Global Visiting Scholar: Dominic Johnson

dominic johnsonDominic Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Drama, at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture (2012); Theatre & the Visual (2012); and most recently, The Art of Living: An Oral History of Performance Art (2015). He is the editor of four books, including most recently Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey (2013) and Critical Live Art: Contemporary Histories of Performance in the UK (2012). It’s All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells (with Deirdre Heddon) is forthcoming in 2016. He is currently an Editor of the journal Contemporary Theatre Review (with Maria Delgado and Maggie Gale). In 2014, he was awarded the annual early-career prize for research excellence from the UK’s Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA). From 2005 to 2012, his frequently bloody performances (solo and in collaboration with Ron Athey) were shown around the world, including at festivals of performance and live art in Copenhagen, Ljubljana, Rome, Toronto, Vienna, Zagreb, and elsewhere, and throughout the United Kingdom, including most notably at the National Portrait Gallery in London as part of ‘Gay Icons’.


For a list of past Visiting Scholars, click here.



February 10: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same film screening



codependent lesbian space alienCodependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (76 min., 2012, Dir. Madeleine Olnek)

a film screening & discussion with Madeleine Olnek & Laura Terruso

February 10, Wednesday
6 to 8 pm

Madeleine Olnek, director & writer

Laura Terruso, producer

The adventures of lesbian space aliens on the planet Earth, and the story of the romance between Jane, a shy greeting card store employee, and Zoinx, the woman Jane does not realize is from outer-space.

Film trailer here.

Department of Anthropology, Kriser Screening Room
25 Waverly Place, Ground Floor

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


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

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

Facebook event page here.



February 5: Welcome to This House film screening with Barbara Hammer



welcomeToThisHouse_WEBWelcome to This House (79 min., 2015, Dir. Barbara Hammer)

a film screening & discussion with Barbara Hammer & Barbara Browning

February 5, Friday
6 to 8 pm

Barbara Hammer, visual artist & filmmaker

Barbara Browning, Performance Studies, New York University

Welcome To This House (2015) is a feature documentary film on the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), about life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure. Hammer filmed in Bishop’s ‘best loved homes’ in the U.S., Canada, and Brazil believing that buildings and landscapes bear cultural memories. Interviews with poets, friends, and scholars provide “missing documents” of numerous female lovers. Bishop’s intimate poetry is beautifully performed by Kathleen Chalfant and with the creative music composition by Joan La Barbara brings Bishop into our lives with new ways and unexpected details.

Cinema Studies, Michelson Theater
721 Broadway, 6th Floor

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


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

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

Facebook event page here.



January 28: Troubling the Teaching & Learning of Sexuality Diversity in South African Education

TROUBLINGTroubling the Teaching & Learning of Sexuality Diversity in South African Education

a lecture by Dennis Francis

January 28, Thursday
7 to 8:30 pm

Dennis Francis, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, and CSGS Visiting Fulbright Scholar

The lecture is about lesbian, gay and bisexual youth in South African schools. The research globally and in South African on sexuality diversity in education, pivots on two discursive axes of victimization and agency. There is a cost for research to emphasize exclusively this duality. Despite its usefulness, the lecture argues that the victim-agency dualism is counterproductive and four arguments are made – it leads us to a cul-de-sac, reduces heterosexism and heteronormativity to the individual level and fails to take account of the systemic nature of heterosexism, ignores the multiplicity of identities LGB youth hold and it seriously compromises a focus on same sex relationships, intimacy, desire and the aspirations of LGB youth.

Discussants:
Michael Sean Funk, Administration Leadership & Technology, New York University
Cris Beam, Writing, Columbia University School of the Arts

Pless Hall
82 Washington Square East, 3rd Floor

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development.


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

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

Facebook event page here.



December 3: Transgender & Orthodox: Life Stories at the Intersection of Gender & Religion


transandorthodoxTransgender & Orthodox: Life Stories at the Intersection of Gender and Religion

a lecture by Oriol Poveda

December 3, Thursday
5 to 6:30 pm

Oriol Poveda, PhD candidate, Theology and Uppsala Religion & Research Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden

B​ased on interviews and observations in Israel and North America among transgender Jews with Orthodox backgrounds, both ​current and former, Poveda will discuss the ambivalence of Orthodox Judaism in the life stories of the participants, and how people view and experience religious change in relation to trans issues in the Orthodox world.

Religious Studies Seminar Room
726 Broadway, Room 542

Organized by the NYU Center for Religion and Media and the Religion and Society Research Centre (CRS) at Uppsala University, in partnership with the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research & Higher Education (STINT). Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Religious Studies Program.


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

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

Facebook event page here.



December 10: Love in the Middle East: The Contradictions of Romance in the Facebook World

Love in the Middle East: The Contradictions of Romance in the Facebook World

a lecture by Roger O. Friedland

December 10, Thursday 5 to 6:30 pm

Roger O. Friedland, Visiting Professor, Media, Culture, & Communication, New York University

Romantic love is a social fact in the Muslim world. It is also a gender politics […]

November 17: Youth Hostelling with Vaginal Davis

Youth Hostelling with Vaginal Davis

with special guest Susanne Sachsse & moderated by Tavia Nyong’o

November 17, Tuesday 7 to 8:30 pm

Vaginal Davis, performer, artist

Susanne Sachsse, performer, artist

Tavia Nyong’o, Performance Studies, New York University

This performative interview with artists Vaginal Davis and Susanne Sachsse is timed to coincide with Vaginal Davis’s staging […]

* SPRING 2016 EVENTS *

csgs spring events

The Present & Future of LGBT Political Identity

The Present & Future of LGBT Political Identity

a lecture by Patrick Egan with discussant Leonie Huddy

March 3, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm

19 West 4th Street, 2nd Floor
Room 217
NYC

Beyond Normal: The Fantasy Bodies of National Culture

Beyond Normal: The Fantasy Bodies of National Culture

a panel with andrè carrington, Julie Elman, & Ramzi Fawaz

March 25, Friday
10 am to 4 pm

20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
NYC

‘An Eight Day Passage’: Performance Art, Endurance, & Men

‘An Eight Day Passage’: Performance Art, Endurance, & Men

a lecture by Dominic Johnson

April 7, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm

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