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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 & Sexuality, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, 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 Center for Research on Women at bcrw(at)barnard.edu.

In 2011, CeCe McDonald was a fashion design student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College when while walking to a grocery store, she and her friends were attacked by a group of white people shouting racist and transphobic slurs. When CeCe fatally stabbed one of their attackers in self defense, she was arrested and eventually imprisoned for 19 months. As she awaited trial and experienced incarceration, the Transgender Youth Support Network in Minnesota created the Free CeCe campaign, inspiring an international community of activists to support CeCe and rally for her freedom. Throughout, CeCe updated community members with her evocative and thoughtful writing on police brutality, transphobia, homophobia, racism, and the power of love against systems of injustice.

Recently, CeCe joined prison abolition activists Reina Gossett and Dean Spade in a conversation about her own experiences surviving trauma and impossible situations, and the importance of collective organizing for people facing systems of violence. Videos from this conversation will be available here shortly.

On April 21, CeCe, Reina, and Dean will share additional excerpts from their discussion and continue the conversation, responding to questions from the audience and online. Join us to support CeCe and the continued push for an end to the prison system and the institutionalized structures of violence throughout our society which support it.

Reina Gossett lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and believes creativity & imagination are vital in movements for self determination. She is a trans activist & artist, working as membership director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and blogging at reinagossett.com. Reina’s work has been featured in BCRW’s The Scholar & Feminist Online, as well as Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment & The Prison Industrial Complex. She is an activist fellow at BCRW.

CeCe McDonald is an activist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a creative and energetic person who, before her life was so unjustly interrupted, was studying fashion design at MCTC. She had a stable home where she lived with and helped support four other African American youth, her family. CeCe’s family describes her as a leader, a role model, and a loyal friend. She is known as a wise, out-spoken, and welcoming person, with a history of handling prejudice with amazing grace. She is currently working with actress Laverne Cox and director Jac Gares on a documentary about her experience.

Dean Spade is the founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of the Law, and an associate professor at Seattle University School of Law. He is currently a fellow in the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School.

The Auditorium at The New School
66 West 12th Street

This event is part of the series No One is Disposable, which features conversations on trans activism and prison abolition with BCRW activist fellow Reina Gossett.

Co-sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Office of Social Justice Initiatives at The New School, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU.


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

For more information about this event, please contact the Barnard Center for Research on Women at bcrw(at)barnard.edu.



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 intelligentsia. At a time when LGBT issues are openly being considered in mainstream consciousness, it prompts us to rethink the boundaries and conceptual paradigms surrounding the production of cultural knowledge from the perspectives of LGBT artists, scholars and activists. These conversations will be an exploration into the many LGBT narratives that examine and reveal perceptions, attitudes, continuous negotiations or renegotiations, and creative systems of survival.

Events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP as indicated below.


Tuesday, March 11
7:30 pm

A conversation with Janet Mock and Laverne Cox.

SOLD OUT

Watch online: Livestreaming info will be made available at: www.nyu.edu/lgbtq

NYU Global Center
238 Thompson Street, Room C-95s

This event presented by NYU Women’s HERstory MonthCMEP‘s Multiple (Eye)dentity Series; LGBTQ Student Center‘s Storytelling & Performance Series; and Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.

Moderated by Mya L. Vazquez


Wednesday, March 12
6:30 pm

a panel discussion with Seyi Adebanjo, James Earl Hardy, Q-Roc Ragsdale, & C. Riley Snorton

Space is limited. RSVP for March 12 program at 212-998-IAAA (4222).

20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor

For more information & updates please visit IAAA.



April 11-13: Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies



Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies

a conference with keynotes by Fred Moten and Sianne Ngai

Friday through Sunday, April 11-13

To live labor is to negotiate the extended processes of reproducing ourselves and others. To live labor is to engage the material conditions that traverse personhood and thinghood. To live labor is to attend to the forces, resonances, and energies that intertwine in the affects and objects of everyday life. For this reason, Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies invites submissions that explore the intersections of performance studies and Marxist philosophies. Papers may intervene at points of seeming incompatibility, address convergences, or look forward to emerging discourses relating to this nexus.

Department of Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, Room 612

For panel times, other details and more information, please visit livinglaborconference.tumblr.com or contact the NYU Department of Performance Studies.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Department of Performance Studies; and the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Department of Art & Public Policy; Department of English; Department of Media, Culture & Communication; and Department of Art & Art Professions.



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

Facebook event page here.



April 10: Perverse Ambitions, Deviant Careers: A Queer History of the Modern American Workplace

Perverse Ambitions, Deviant Careers: A Queer History of the Modern American Workplace

a lecture by Margot Canaday

Thursday, April 10 6:30 to 8 pm

Margot Canaday, History, Princeton University

While historians of sexuality have explored working class cultures, an assumption that workplaces were “straight spaces” in which queer people passed has limited inquiry [...]

April 1: Hopefully Devoted, or the Feminist Lyre

Hopefully Devoted, or the Feminist Lyre

a lecture by P.A. Skantze

Tuesday, April 1 6:30 to 8 pm

P.A. Skantze, Performance Practices, University of Roehampton, and CSGS Global Visiting Scholar

This lecture, born of P.A. Skantze’s project The Flaneur at Her Devotions, makes use of a new methodology Skantze has been experimenting with: [...]