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Dec 13 :: STATE OF THE UNION: Poetry of Witness



state-of-the-unionState of the Union: Poetry of Witness

a poetry reading with Janani Balasubramanian & Camille Rankine

December 13, Tuesday
6 to 8 pm

The term “poetry of witness” refers to poems written in “conditions of social and historical extremity” (Carolyn Forché). This event presents writers Camille Rankine and Janani Balasubramanian, who write poetry of witness in response to their experience of America. Q & A and book-signing to follow the reading.

Jefferson Market Library
Willa Cather Room, First Floor
425 Avenue of the Americas

Janani Balasubramanian is a writer of speculative fiction and poetry whose art and editorial work have been featured in The New Yorker, Guernica, Creative Time Reports, The New Inquiry, and more. They’ve presented work at 160+ stages across North America and Europe, including The Public Theater, MOMA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Janani is currently working on Sleeper—a dystopian trilogy about sleep, dreams, and physics.

Camille Rankine’s first book of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in January by Copper Canyon Press. She is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship, and a recipient of a 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Atlas Review, American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Octopus Magazine, Paper Darts, Phantom Books, A Public Space, Tin House, and elsewhere. She serves as chair for the Executive Committee of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and the board of The Poetry Project, teaches at Columbia University, and lives in New York City.

The reading is free of charge and open to the public. Seating is limited. General-admission seating begins at 5:45 pm.

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Co-sponsored by NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and the NYPL Jefferson Market Library.



Nov 15 :: QUEER/ANIMAL/THEORY: Psychoanalysis & Subjectivity



queer-animal-theoryQueer/Animal/Theory: Psychoanalysis & Subjectivity

a lecture by Carla Freccero

November 15, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm

Carla Freccero, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Both animal studies and queer theory share theoretical inheritances, even as they diverge in some of their philosophical and political commitments. This talk assesses the (non-exclusive) reciprocal impact of animal studies and queer theory. In particular Freccero is interested in how subjectivity and one of its privileged analytics, psychoanalysis, can be understood to be queer animal theory insofar as psychoanalysis has, since its inception, concerned itself with how mammals become human through specific technologies of subject-formation without assuming the successful result of such a process in advance. Psychoanalysis is always already queer in that it does not presume a pre-existing model of sexuality and gender from which to extrapolate a normative outcome. Likewise, Freccero argues, psychoanalysis does not presume “the human” as its starting point for analyzing how adult human subjectivity is achieved. This latter contention will occupy the bulk of Freccero’s argument as she experimentally sketches the possibility of non-anthropocentric theories of the specificity of animal subjectivity, all the while seeking to de-reify and de-universalize the presumed generality of such terms as “the animal” and “the human.”

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

Live Video feed will be available from the NYU Department of Performance Studies Facebook page here.

This event is free & open to the public. For more information, please contact 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 Department of Performance Studies.



Nov 11 to 13 :: BEYOND THE SCORCHED EARTH OF COUNTER-CINEMA: Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen



laura-mulveyBeyond the Scorched Earth of Counter-Cinema: Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen

a retrospective curated by Oliver Fuke featuring Laura Mulvey & many others

November 11 to 13, Friday to Sunday
times TBA

This is the first U.S. retrospective devoted to the individual and collaborative features of film theorists Laura Mulvey (b.1941) and Peter Wollen (b.1938). After writing their early influential texts – Mulvey’s Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema and Wollen’s Signs and Meaning in the Cinema – they made six films together between 1974 and 1983. Their varied output moves across – and, in some cases, combines – the genres of documentary, narrative, feminist and avant-garde film. This season, which will screen a range of works made for both film and television, includes Penthesilea (1974), Riddles of the Sphinx (1977), AMY! (1980), Crystal Gazing (1982), Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti (1982) and Friendship’s Death (1987).

Laura Mulvey will be in conversation with a rich cross-section of guests/interlocutors throughout the long weekend.

Cinema Studies
721 Broadway, 6th Floor, room 648

For more information, please contact Sukhdev Sandhu at ss162(at)nyu.edu.

This event is free & open to the public.

Organized by the NYU Colloquium for Unpopular Culture at the Draper Program; co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, Department of Cinema Studies, and the Department of English.



Nov 4 :: PLEASURE PRINCIPLES: Bad Asians, Bottomhood, & the Belated Archive



pleasure-principlesPleasure Principles: Bad Asians, Bottomhood, & the Belated Archive

screenings & discussion with Erica Cho, Nguyen Tan Hoang, & Eve Oishi, and moderated by Gayatri Gopinath

November 4, Friday
7 to 9 pm

RSVP required. Click here to register.

Curated by Leeroy Kang, A/P/A Institute Visiting Scholar

As a historical, temporal, and aesthetic exploration into queer experimental Asian/Pacific cinema, this event will gather four scholars, curators, and artists whose work addresses the subjects of racialized sexual politics, gender transgression, and the possibilities of pleasure within the queer Asian/Pacific imagination. Eve Oishi (Claremont Graduate University), Nguyen Tan Hoang (University of California, San Diego), and Erica Cho (University of California, San Diego) will screen and discuss moving image works spanning the past several decades to create new modes of speculation within a lineage of artistic practice and political inquiry. Moderated by Gayatri Gopinath (NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis).

Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street, Theater 101

For more information, please contact the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute at apa.institute(at)nyu.edu or 212-998-3700.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Asian/Pacific/American InstituteCenter for the Study of Gender & SexualityFales Library & Special Collections, Asian Film & Media Initiative in the Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch Initiative for Creative Research, and Department of Art and Public Policy; and by the MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival.



Oct 28 :: SCRIPTED BATTERED WOMEN: Paths not Taken



scripting-battered-womenScripting Battered Women: Paths not Taken

a lecture by Kelli Moore with response by A.B. Huber

October 28, Friday
4 to 6 pm

Kelli Moore, Media, Culture, & Communication, New York University

A.B. Huber, Gallatin, New York University

This talk is part of Kelli Moore’s longer book-length project on legal and extra-legal debates over the subject of trauma and helplessness. In this presentation, she demonstrates surprising links between psychologists Lenore Walker, Martin Seligman, Silvan Tomkins, and Frantz Fanon – who briefly shared an institutional and intellectual milieu in the 1960s and 70s. This shared context, she argues, is a significant yet little remarked aspect of the archival landscape of domestic violence. The talk takes assumes an explicitly speculative posture to ask how we might understand domestic violence differently if Lenore Walker’s famous theory of the battered woman syndrome had explicitly followed Tomkins’ work rather than the theory of learned helplessness put forward by the American psychologist of motivation, Martin Seligman. Both Seligman and Tomkins engaged in writing practices that repeatedly figured the black American in analyses of passive subjectivity (Seligman) and the distress object (Tomkins). In contrast, Walker’s initial study of battered women excluded black participants.  In a related set of speculations, Moore enlists the work of psychiatrist Frantz Fanon—whose preoccupations included the structure of the colonial mind, Negritude, and the significance placed on anticolonial violence—to chart a cybernetic route to theorizing the “forensic subject.”

Kelli Moore’s presentation will be followed by a response by A.B. Huber and discussion with the audience.

MCC Commons
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor

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

Facebook event page here.

Co-sponsored by NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and the Department of Media, Culture, & Communication.



Oct 25 :: MAJOR! film screening at the New School



majorMAJOR! (95 min., 2015, Dir. Annalise Ophelian)

a film screening & discussion with StormMiguel Florez, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, & Annalise Ophelian

October 25, Tuesday
6:30 to 8:30 pm

StormMiguel Florez, co-producer/editor of MAJOR!

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, transgender activist

Annalise Ophelian, producer/director of MAJOR!

Please RSVP here.

MAJOR! follows the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old Black transgender woman, a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, and organizer who has been fighting for the liberation of trans women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major’s personal story and activism for transgender civil rights, from mobile outreach and AIDS prevention to fighting the prison industrial complex, intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today.

The screening will include a Q&A with Miss Major and the filmmakers, Annalise Ophelia and StormMiguel Flores.

Tishman Auditorium, New School
63 5th Avenue

Please RSVP here.

For more information about this event, please contact the Barnard Center for Research on Women.

Co-sponsored by Office of Social Justice Initiatives at The New School; Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; Barnard College Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies; Barnard College Library; Barnard Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU; Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP); Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University; The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University; Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Princeton University Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies; & the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at NYU.



Oct 21 :: SEEKING SEX, PROCURING PORN: Explicit Materials in Archives, Libraries, Museums, & Flea Markets



seeking-sexSeeking Sex, Procuring Porn: Explicit Materials in Archives, Libraries, Museums, & Flea Markets

a one-day symposium with archivists, librarians, collectors, & book dealers: Rachel Corbman, Emily Drabinski, Jeffrey Escoffier, Ian KahnLeeroy Kun Young Kang, Sur Rodney SuryQuito Ziegler, & others

October 21, Friday
10 am to 6 pm

Fales Library & Special Collections
70 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor

This event is free & open to the public.

For more information, please contact Zeb Tortorici at zt3(at)nyu.edu or Marvin Taylor at mjt1(at)nyu.edu.

Organized by the NYU Department of Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Literatures; co-sponsored by the Center for the HumanitiesCenter for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, and Fales Library & Special Collections.



Oct 20 :: SEX MUSEUMS: The Politics & Performance of Display



sex-museumsSex Museums: The Politics & Performance of Display

a lecture by Jennifer Tyburczy

October 20, Thursday
6 to 7:30 pm

Jennifer Tyburczy, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

All museums are sex museums. In her book Sex Museums: The Politics & Performance of Display, Tyburczy takes a hard look at the formation of Western sexuality—particularly how categories of sexual normalcy and perversity are formed—and asks what role museums have played in using display as a technique for disciplining sexuality. Most museum exhibits, she argues, assume that white, patriarchal heterosexuality and traditional structures of intimacy, gender, and race represent national sexual culture for their visitors. Sex Museums illuminates the history of such heteronormativity at most museums and proposes alternative approaches for the future of public display projects, while also offering the reader curatorial tactics—what she calls queer curatorship—for exhibiting diverse sexualities in the twenty-first century.

Fales Library & Special Collections
70 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor

For more information about this event, please contact Zeb Tortorici at zt3(at)nyu.edu or Marvin Taylor at mjt1(at)nyu.edu.

Co-sponsored by NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Fales Library & Special Collections.



Oct 8: Life & Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980 to 1983

Life & Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980 to 1983

a one-day symposium featuring Tim Lawrence (University of East London), Bernie Gendron (music historian), Leonard Abrams (East Village Eye), Patti Astor (downtown actor, Fun Gallery, Wild Style), Johnny Dynell (Mudd Club, Pyramid, Danceteria, Area), Steven Harvey (New York Rocker), Danny Krivit (Roxy), […]

Oct 13: TRANS CAPABLE: Fungibility, Fugitivity, & the Fleshly Matter of Being

Trans Capable: Fungibility, Fugitivity, & the Fleshly Matter of Being

a lecture by C. Riley Snorton

October 13, Thursday 6 to 7:30 pm

C. Riley Snorton, Africana Studies, Cornell University

Flesh provides one route into the proverbial question of how matter matters, and Hortense Spillers’ notion of “female flesh ungendered” guides Snorton’s analysis of […]

* FALL 2016 EVENTS *

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State of the Union: Poetry of Witness

State of the Union: Poetry of Witness

a poetry reading with Janani Balasubramanian & Camille Rankine

December 13, Tuesday
6 to 8 pm

Jefferson Market Library
Willa Cather Room, First Floor
425 Avenue of the Americas
NYC