“In effect, we live in a legal, social, and institutional world where the only relations possible are extremely few, extremely simplified, and extremely poor. There is, of course, the relation of marriage, and the relations of family, but how many other relations should exist…!” -Michel Foucault

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Oct 15: Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era

Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era

a roundtable discussion with Beatriz Preciado, and José Muñoz & Avital Ronell

Tuesday, October 15 6:30 to 8 pm

Beatriz Preciado, History of the Body, Gender Theory, and History of Performance, University of Paris 8

José Muñoz, Performance Studies, New York [...]

REVIEW: Performing (at) the Body’s Edge: “This Is Just Like Life”

Performing (at) the Body’s Edge: “This Is Just Like Life” New York University, 15 November 2011

The fall CSGS calendar of evening events ended on an amazing note, with a conversation between Shelley Jackson and Rebecca Schneider, hosted by CSGS and NYU’s Department of Performance Studies. Jackson and Schneider, whose books include The Melancholy [...]

Performing (at) the Body’s Edge: Mortal Works

a conversation with Shelley Jackson and Rebecca Schneider

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November 15, Tuesday 7 to 8:30 pm

Shelley Jackson, writer and artist

Rebecca Schneider, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University

The question of the body — the body as question – is a recurring motif in the work [...]

SlutWalk NYC: October 1st 2011

SlutWalk NYC – Rally and March Saturday, October 1st Noon Union Square

Toronto police officer Michael Sanguinetti had no idea he would spark an international wave of protests when he told students at York University that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized.” But his words tapped into a [...]

REVIEW: “Where is Ana Mendieta?”: A Revisitation of the Artist’s Life and Work

“Where is Ana Mendieta?”: A Revisitation of the Artist’s Life and Work New York University, 7 October 2010

A capacity crowd, their bodies packed against each other in the Studio at the Department of Performance Studies, came out on October 7th for a symposium on the work and legacy of the Cuban-American artist Ana [...]

States of Devotion: Religion, Neoliberalism, and the Politics of the Body in the Americas


November 4 & 5, Thursday & Friday 10 am to 7 pm

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This conference aims to promote and strengthen interdisciplinary dialogue about the changing role and place [...]

A Brief History of Erotohistoriography: A lecture by Elizabeth Freeman


A lecture by Elizabeth Freeman

October 28, Thursday 7 to 8:30 pm

READ THE REVIEW! Queer Time Makes Queer Bodies: Elizabeth Freeman Historicizes Erotohistoriography

Elizabeth Freeman, English, UC Davis

Proposing the body as site of historical encounter–in and across time—Elizabeth Freeman traces a history of carnal historiographical practices that [...]

The Poetics of Pain: Aesthetics, Ideology, and Representation

Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

February 25th and 26th, 2010

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Department of Comparative Literature Graduate Center City University of New York 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Keynote Speaker: Peter Brooks and J.M. [...]

REVIEW: Biopolitics of the ‘Modern Body’: Contemporary Dilemmas

Emily Martin, Ed Cohen and Rebecca Young

“Biopolitics of the ‘Modern Body’: Contemporary Dilemmas” Ed Cohen, Rutgers University Emily Martin, New York University Rebecca Young, Barnard College New York University, 7 October 2009

This forum moderated by Emily Martin with Ed Cohen and Rebecca Young brought together their work in [...]