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March 29 :: VIBRATOR NATION: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure



vibrator nationVibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure

a book talk with Lynn Comella

March 29, Thursday
7 to 9 pm

Lynn Comella, Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

In the 1970s a group of pioneering feminist entrepreneurs launched a movement that ultimately changed the way sex was talked about, had, and enjoyed. Boldly reimagining who sex shops were for and the kinds of spaces they could be, these entrepreneurs opened sex-toy stores like Eve’s Garden, Good Vibrations, and Babeland not just as commercial enterprises, but to provide educational and community resources as well. In Vibrator Nation Lynn Comella tells the fascinating history of how these stores raised sexual consciousness, redefined the adult industry, and changed women’s lives. Comella describes a world where sex-positive retailers double as social activists, where products are framed as tools of liberation, and where consumers are willing to pay for the promise of better living—one conversation, vibrator, and orgasm at a time.

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway

For more information about this event, please contact the Strand Bookstore at 212-473-1452 ext. 380.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; and by Babeland.



April 12 :: QUEER TRANSMISSIONS: A Haiku Hauntology from Shiki to Soseki



queer transmissionsQueer Transmissions in Japan: A Haiku Hauntology from Shiki to Soseki

a lecture by J. Keith Vincent

April 12, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm

J. Keith Vincent, World Languages & Literatures, Boston University

The close friendship between Natsume Sōseki(1867-1916), Japan’s preeminent modern novelist, and Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902), who coined the word “haiku,” is legendary in the annals of modern Japanese literature. The two men became friends in their early twenties and remained close until Shiki’s early death from tuberculosis in 1902. While Shiki had revolutionized Japanese poetry and become a beloved national figure already by his mid twenties, Sōseki began his career as a novelist in his late thirties, after Shiki’s death. The loss of his close friend had a powerful impact on Sōseki, reverberating both thematically and formally in some of his most powerful novels. In this talk, I show how Shiki’s haiku lie buried in Sōseki’s novels in ways that invite us to reimagine what it means for one man to “influence” another.

19 University Place, Room 222

For more information about this event, please contact the Department of East Asian Studies at 212-998-7620.

Organized by the NYU Department of East Asian Studies; co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Department of Comparative Literature.



May 4 :: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES THE DIGITAL MAKE: Critical Encounters at the Edges of Psychoanalysis & Technology



glitchWhat Difference Does the Digital Make? Critical Encounters at the Edges of Psychoanalysis & Technology

a panel discussion with Patricia Clough, Stephen Hartman, & Fred Moten

May 4, Friday
4 to 6 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED HERE.

Patricia Clough, Psychoanalyst, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

Stephen Hartman, Psychoanalyst, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California

Fred Moten, Professor, Department of Performance Studies, New York University

This is the 9th annual collaboration between NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Each year CSGS and SGS select a topic and invite an esteemed group of clinicians and scholars of gender and sexuality studies and other critical studies of difference to talk together across disciplines and across institutional locations, as well. The theme of this year’s forum – What difference does the digital make? – pushes existing conversations on psychoanalysis and technology beyond some of the typical frames, which have tended to focus on the use of Skype, texting, and other new media within the therapeutic treatment. These are valuable areas of focus, but this conversation takes a somewhat different direction. The forum proceeds by understanding psychoanalysis as already itself a technology, and one embedded in particular historical forms and fantasies of conceiving “the human.” As a jumping off point for the conversation, we have asked each of our panelists — who come to the conversation from, variously, performance studies, Black studies, gender and sexuality studies, media and affect studies, political theory , and relational psychoanalysis — to consider how new new technologies are drawing on and redrawing social differences/identity, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and age. What are the historical violences carried forward in the (new?) digital demographies of the human?

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

REGISTRATION REQUIRED HERE.

This event is free & open to the public. Venue is accessible. For more information, please contact NYU CSGS at csgs(at)nyu.edu or 212-992-9540.

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

image courtesy of Antonia Hernandez.



March 6 :: SIGNS & GRIPS: artist talk with Simone Leigh, in conversation with Malik Gaines



Dunham II view 1 smallerSigns & Grips

a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series artist talk with Simone Leigh, in conversation with Malik Gaines

March 6, Tuesday
6 to 8 pm

Simone Leigh, multimedia artist

Malik Gaines, Performance Studies, New York University

Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

This event is free & open to the public. Venue is accessible. For more information, please contact NYU CSGS at csgs(at)nyu.edu or 212-992-9540.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Department of Art HistoryDepartment of Performance Studies; and Institute of Fine Arts.

image: Simone Leigh, Dunham II, 2017
Terracotta, graphite, and steel
41 1/2 x 22 x 23 inches
(105.4 x 55.9 x 58.4 cm)
© Simone Leigh; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York



Feb 22 :: THE EXTRACTIVE ZONE: Cecilia Vicuña’s Social Ecologies



extracive zoneThe Extractive Zone: Cecilia Vicuña’s Social Ecologies

a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series lecture by Macarena Gómez-Barris

February 22, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

Macarena Gómez-Barris, Social Science & Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute

Extending arguments in her recently published book The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives, Gómez-Barris considers performative engagement with oceanic space, its social ecologies, and its occupation by transnational mega-extractive industries. During a time of new authoritarianisms in the Américas, she shows how extractive capitalism reorganizes the Pacific Ocean into a normative geography, where questions of stewardship and governance become epiphenomenal to the primary condition of resource accumulation. How does New York-based and mestiza artist Cecilia Vicuña’s sense the sea? How does she address the complexities of Indigeneity in the Global South? And, how might we think about Vicuña’s sea choreographies and similar radical artistic work as forms of embodiment that dissipate human, inhuman, and (after) nature divides?

Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

Macarena Gómez-Barris is Chairperson of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute and Director of the Global South Center. She is author of The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives that theorizes social life through five extractive scenes of ruinous capitalism, especially upon Indigenous territories (Duke University Press, 2017). She is also author of the forthcoming Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Politics in the Américas (UC Press, 2018) and Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (UC Press, 2009). She is co-author with Herman Gray of Towards a Sociology of a Trace (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) and co-editor with Diana Taylor of Duke University Press series Dissident Acts. Macarena was a Fulbright fellow at Sociology and Gender Department in FLACSO Ecuador, Quito (2014-2015).

This event is free & open to the public. Venue is accessible. For more information, please contact NYU CSGS at csgs(at)nyu.edu or 212-992-9540.

Facebook event page here.

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; and Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics.

image: Cecilia Vicuña from Kon Kon (2012)



Feb 15 :: THE NEXT AMERICAN REVOLUTION: Publishing Protest with American Studies Now



next american revolutionThe Next American Revolution: Publishing Protest with American Studies Now

a series launch with Lisa Duggan, Roderick Ferguson, Jack Halberstam, & LaMonda Horton-Stallings

February 15, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

Lisa Duggan, Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

Roderick Ferguson, African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Jack Halberstam, English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University

LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland

Short. Accessible. Timely. American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present is dedicated to the scholarship we need now. Authors Rod Ferguson (We Demand: The University and Student Protests), J Jack Halberstam (Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Guide to Gender Variability), LaMonda Horton-Stallings (Sex Down Heya: A Dirty South Manifesto for Sexual Resistance in the New South), and series co-editor Lisa Duggan (Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and Neoliberal Greed) will be here to launch this series of books designed to illuminate power, protest and the teachable moments of our political present in historical context.

Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor

This event is free & open to the public. Venue is accessible. For more information, please contact NYU CSGS at csgs(at)nyu.edu or 212-992-9540.

Facebook event page here.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Department of Social & Cultural Analysis; and Race & Public Space Working Group of the Institute for Public Knowledge.



Feb 12 :: JUDITH BUTLER on Susceptibility\Solidarity: Third Annual José E. Muñoz Memorial Lecture



judith butlerThird Annual José E. Muñoz Memorial Lecture by JUDITH BUTLER

a lecture on Susceptibility\Solidarity

February 12, Monday
6:30 to 8 pm

Get tickets here! Free & open to the public but tickets required.

Judith Butler, Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

The Department of Performance Studies inaugurated the distinguished José Esteban Muñoz Memorial Lectures, on an annual basis, starting in the Spring of 2016. They envisioned the series as an annual event that both honors the memory of this celebrated teacher and scholar, and focuses attention on the cutting edge of the field of Performance Studies.

Each year they seek out an eminent scholar whose work is setting forth new waves of interdisciplinary work. In establishing this important series, they hope to bring together campus constituencies across fields (such as Art & Public Policy at Tisch, Social and Cultural Analysis at FAS, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality), as well as connecting with New York-based artists, performers, and their audiences.

This talk is presented as part of the new SKIRBALL TALKS series. Mondays at 6:30 during the academic terms, SKIRBALL TALKS hosts visionaries from the worlds of politics, the arts, sciences, academia, and more. Future guests include Eckhart Tolle and Marion Nestle.

Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place

Get tickets here! Free & open to the public but tickets required.

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



Oct 12: THE CRIMINALIZATION OF WOMXN IN AMERICA: Black Womxn & Girls



criminalization of womxnThe Criminalization of Womxn in America: Black Womxn & Girls

a panel with Miyhosi BentonMyaisha Hayes, & Mariame Kaba, presented by Students for Criminal Justice Reform & Wagner Women’s Caucus

October 12, Thursday
5 to 7 pm

Please register here to attend.

Miyhosi Benton, Associate with the Women & Justice Project

Myaisha Hayes, Community Organizer

Mariame Kaba, educator, organizer, curator & Founder & Director of Project NIA & Co-founder of Survived & Punished

Womxn challenges the prevailing patriarchal belief that women are a subset of men and the lack of intersectionality on traditional feminist movements and discourse around “women’s issues.” At the height of mass incarceration, where approximately 2.3 million individuals are incarcerated, the conversation has been centered around the impact on men of color. Although that is a crucial conversation to have, it is important to discuss the rapid rate at which womxn are being incarcerated and marginalized as well.

Through a series of conversations, we will challenge the notion of criminalization through an intersectional lens. We will discuss the impact mass incarceration has had on womxn, but also broaden the conversation of criminalization to include the different ways womxn identities are oppressed.

The Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street
Rice Conference Room & Newman Reception Area, 2nd Floor

Please register here to attend.

Presented by the NYU Students for Criminal Justice Reform and Wagner Women’s Caucus, & co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality.



Oct 19: FROM FIELD TO STAGE TO SCREEN: Aesthetic Methodologies in the Making of Sweet Tea

From Field to Stage to Screen: Aesthetic Methodologies in the Making of Sweet Tea

a lecture by E. Patrick Johnson

October 19, Thursday 12 to 1:30 pm

E. Patrick Johnson, African American Studies, Northwestern University

Drawing on his research on black queers of the South, Johnson will discuss how he adapted oral history narratives […]

Nov 20: LISTENING TO IMAGES, Tina Campt

Listening to Images

a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series lecture by Tina Campt

November 20, Monday 6 to 8 pm

Tina Campt, Africana and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Barnard College

In this book talk, Tina Campt discusses her recently published monograph Listening to Images (Duke UP, 2017) which explores a way of listening closely […]

*** SPRING 2018 EVENTS ***

CSGS spring 2018 calendar

Third Annual José E. Muñoz Memorial Lecture by JUDITH BUTLER

judith butler

a lecture on Susceptibility\Solidarity

February 12, Monday
6:30 to 8 pm

tickets required

Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
NYC

The Next American Revolution: Publishing Protest with American Studies Now

next american revolution

a series launch with Lisa Duggan, Roderick Ferguson, Jack Halberstam, & LaMonda Horton-Stallings

February 15, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

CSGS
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
NYC

The Extractive Zone: The Social Ecologies of Cecilia Vicuña

extracive zone

a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series lecture by Macarena Gómez-Barris

February 22, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

CSGS
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
NYC