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



life-and-deathLife & 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), Sal Principato (Liquid Liquid), John Robie (musician, producer), Sharon White (The Saint), Pat Ivers & Emily Armstrong (Nightclubbing), Kit Fitzgerald (video artist), Marvin Taylor (NYU), Jeffrey Deitch (gallerist), Michael Holman (Canal Zone, Gray, Negril, breaking impresario), Chi Chi Valenti (Mudd Club, Danceteria), Michael Zilkha (ZE Records), & Sukhdev Sandhu (NYU)

October 8, Saturday
10 am to 6 pm

This day-long symposium is devoted to an era of NYC’s downtown music that barely earned itself a name, but whose protagonists – feeding dub, hip hop, new wave, no wave, orchestral music and rock feeding into the post-disco mix – created one of the most creative and dynamic periods in New York’s music history. Its backdrop is the rise of Ronald Reagan, real estate inflation, and, perhaps most of all, AIDS wreaking havoc on the city’s overlapping art and dance scenes. Soon music majors returned to dance with a vengeance (re-injecting it with a commercial edge that contributed little in the way of artistic innovation). The crack epidemic besieged the city’s poorest communities so that the conditions no longer existed for disparate groups to explore commonalities. The glorious reign of mutant exploration started to close down, though its creative and communal example would inspire future generations.

For full schedule of panels, click here.

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

Followed by a photography show & book reception from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Howl Gallery (6 East 1st Street), featuring Tim Lawrence, Allan Tannenbaum, Ande Whyland, Harvey Wang, Bobby Grossman, & Richard Boch.

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

Organized by the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture at the Draper Program, NYU and the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London; co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, Department of EnglishDepartment of Performance Studies, and Department of Social & Cultural Analysis.



Oct 13: Trans Capable: Fungibility, Fugitivity, & the Fleshly Matter of Being


trans capableTrans 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 sex and gender as racial arrangements, wherein the fungibility of chattel persons produced a critical context for conceptualizing transness and generated understandings of sex and gender as subject to revision in the arenas of medicine and law. In this talk, Snorton traces how fungible flesh became a mode for fugitive action, as seen in the recurrence of “cross dressing” and cross gender performance in fugitive slave narratives, including in Ellen and William Craft’s Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom and Harriet Jacob’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Social & Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

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

Facebook event page here.

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



Oct 1 & 2: After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics & Scholarship


aftermarriageAfter Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics & Scholarship

a two-day conference with featured speakers Karma Chávez, Lisa Duggan, Katherine Franke, Bridget Hughes, Simone Kolysh, Kevin Lotz, Darnell L. Moore, Mignon Moore, Robyn Ochs, Brandon Andrew Robinson, stef shuster, Steven Thrasher, Urvashi Vaid, and many others

October 1 & 2, Saturday & Sunday

For a full list of speakers and schedule, visit the conference website here.

Tickets for the conference are now on sale here for a sliding scale fee ranging from $25 to $65.

A limited number of free registrations are available for volunteers who help during the conference. Please email clagsaftermarriage@gmail.com to inquire.

After the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, rainbow memes and #lovewins hashtags flooded the internet. But we also began to hear more about what activists and academics have been saying for decades—that LGBTQ politics is about #morethanmarriage. The marriage equality campaign has been criticized for making invisible all of the many pressing issues that impact diverse LGBTQ-identified individuals. Since the ruling, donations to some LGBTQ organizations have declined, and longstanding organizations have shut down.

This conference will convene an urgently needed discussion about this turning point. We will debate the way forward through plenary roundtable conversations among both established and rising figures in LGBTQ politics and scholarship, and through dozens of academic panels, roundtables, workshops, and other breakout sessions put together from responses to our open call.

This promises to be a landmark event, so please join us!

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street

For more information or to register, please visit http://www.clags.org/after-marriage/ or email clagsaftermarriage@gmail.com.

Organized by CUNY Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) and co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality.



Sept 22: Convulsing Bodies: A conversation on religion & resistance in Foucault


convulsing bodiesConvulsing Bodies: A conversation on religion & resistance in Foucault

with Mark D. JordanCarolyn Dinshaw & Anthony Petro

September 22, Thursday
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Carolyn Dinshaw, English and Social & Cultural Analysis, New York, University

Mark D. Jordan, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

Anthony Petro, Religion, Boston University

In his most recent book, Convulsing Bodies: Religion & Resistance in Foucault, the path-breaking historian of Christianity and sexual ethics Mark D. Jordan puts forward an innovative and powerful argument for the relationship between religion and resistant bodies in Foucault’s thought. In the book, Jordan focuses less on those passages where Foucault explicitly discusses Christianity than on the way Foucault engages and even practices religious rhetoric, an engagement, Jordan argues, that seeks to reveal how speech works on bodies—and how bodies resist speech and power. Offered as a kind of record of Jordan’s own experience of reading and thinking with Foucault, Convulsing Bodies becomes a profound and moving meditation on the time of reading and writing—and the traces books leave on us. This forum puts Jordan in conversation with Anthony Petro, an historian of American religion at Boston University, and NYU’s own Carolyn Dinshaw, a medievalist and scholar of gender and sexuality studies.

Social & Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

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

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & SexualityCenter for Religion & Media, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, and Program in Religious Studies.



April 15: Reparative Work in a Paranoid Structure: Vulnerability & Harassment Dynamics



9781584351696Reparative Work in a Paranoid Structure: Vulnerability & Harassment Dynamics

a lecture by Jennifer Doyle

April 15, Friday
3 to 4:30 pm

Jennifer Doyle, English, University of California, Riverside

Victims of workplace harassment and discrimination who don’t lose their jobs are forced to find ways of repairing their relationship to their work. How does one do this, within a paranoid institutional context? Or in a cultural context that pathologizes openness and vulnerability as forms of naïveté? What would it mean to accept harassment as an organic potential of groups, especially within a large organization identified with the reproduction of knowledge and power? Here Jennifer Doyle revisits Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s essay “Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading” in order to bring its ethos to bear upon the ubiquity of harassment. The aim is not to explain where harassment comes from, or to propose solutions to the harassment dynamic. It is, instead, to describe those modes of working-through which are prohibited/rendered unthinkable by contemporary discourse on sex and the workplace (in which one can never be paranoid enough).

Department of Journalism
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor

Followed immediately by the Annual Forum, in Honor of Muriel Dimen: Danger Talk: Sexual Error, Boundary Crossings, & the Limits of Thought.

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


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

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

Facebook event page here.



March 23: KEN CORBETT: A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High



murder over a girlA Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High

a book release celebration for and with Ken Corbett

March 23, Wednesday
7:30 to 9:30 pm

Ken Corbett, Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy, New York University

Please join us to celebrate the publication of Ken Corbett’s new book: A Murder Over a Girl: Justice Gender, Junior High.

Free & open to the public but REGISTRATION is required.

The New School University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, Starr Foundation Hall

Sponsored by the Sandor Ferenczi Center and the New School for Social Research; co-sponsored by the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & PsychoanalysisNew York Institute for the Humanities; and Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality.


This event is free & open to the public, but REGISTRATION is required.



April 24: OTHERWISE: Queer Theory into Song



otherwiseOtherwise: Queer Theory into Song

an evening of performance conceived by & featuring Kay Turner, Viva DeConcini, Mary Feaster, & many others

April 24, Sunday
7 to 9 pm

Tickets required — $15 each. Click here to purchase now!

Conceived and curated by Ph.D. Professor Punk Rock Singer, President Of The American Folkloric Society, and General BadAss Kay Turner. Turner expertly culls lyrics from impenetrable-to-most Academic Texts and sets them to new original music with the help of Viva DeConcini, Mary Feaster and many special guests.

Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette Street

Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality.



April 15: Danger Talk: Sexual Error, Boundary Crossings, & the Limits of Thought, annual forum in Honor of Muriel Dimen



16322477039_89c2840a9d_zDanger Talk: Sexual Error, Boundary Crossings, & the Limits of Thought

an Annual Forum between the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Studies in Gender & Sexuality, in honor of Muriel Dimen

Confirmed speakers include Anne DaileyJoseph FischelUmmni Khan, Kimberlyn Leary, & Charles Levin

April 15, Friday
4:45 to 7:30 pm

Anne Dailey, School of Law, University of Connecticut

Joseph Fischel, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Yale University

Ummni Khan, Law & Legal Studies, Carleton University, Canada

Kimberlyn Leary, Psychiatry, Harvard University; Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow; and Senior Affiliated Researcher, Anna Julia Cooper Center, Wake Forest University

Charles Levin, Canadian Institute of Psycho-analysis; Editor-in-chief, Revue Canadienne de Psychanalyse/Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis

This forum brings together clinicians, legal theorists, scholars of gender and sexuality studies, and policy practitioners to discuss the multiple ways “sexual danger” is being discussed, administered, and policed in a variety of settings: from campus debates over sexual assault and affirmative consent to conflicts roiling psychoanalytic institutes over sexual boundary violations between analysts and patients.

This forum is the 7th annual collaboration between CSGS and the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality. As with the previous such events, this year’s was co-curated by Ann Pellegrini for CSGS and Muriel Dimen for SGS. Muriel Dimen’s ground-breaking writings on sexual boundary violations in the analytic space specifically inspired this year’s focus. But a more general goal of these annual gatherings is to spark on-going conversation and exchange between clinicians and cultural theorists of gender and sexuality to see how we might learn from each other and transform the institutional spaces we occupy.

That spark continues, and so does Muriel Dimen’s. We dedicate this day of conversation to her memory.

Department of Journalism
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor

Preceded immediately by Reparative Work in a Paranoid Structure: Vulnerability & Harassment Dynamics, a lecture by Jennifer Doyle at 3 pm.

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


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.


April 7: ‘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

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 […]

March 25: 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 5 pm

andrè carrington, English & Philosophy, Drexel University and author of Speculative Blackness

Julie Elman, Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Missouri and author of Chronic Youth

Ramzi […]

* FALL 2016 EVENTS *

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After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics & Scholarship

After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics & Scholarship

a two-day conference with featured speakers Karma Chávez, Lisa Duggan, Katherine Franke, Bridget Hughes, Simone Kolysh, Kevin Lotz, Darnell L. Moore, Mignon Moore, Robyn Ochs, Brandon Andrew Robinson, stef shuster, Steven Thrasher, Urvashi Vaid, and many others

October 1 & 2, Saturday & Sunday

524 West 59th Street
NYC

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), Sal Principato (Liquid Liquid), John Robie (musician, producer), Sharon White (The Saint), Pat Ivers & Emily Armstrong (Nightclubbing), Kit Fitzgerald (video artist), Marvin Taylor (NYU), Jeffrey Deitch (gallerist), Michael Holman (Canal Zone, Gray, Negril, breaking impresario), Chi Chi Valenti (Mudd Club, Danceteria), Michael Zilkha (ZE Records), & Sukhdev Sandhu (NYU)

October 8, Saturday
10 am to 6 pm

721 Broadway, 6th Floor, room 612
NYC

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

20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
NYC