Stacey Waite Dancing with Queer Stars | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Stacey Waite Dancing with Queer Stars

February 22, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Stacey Waite



Dancing with Queer Stars:

Chaz Bono and the Politics of Gender Mobility

"If, as Audre Lorde suggests, feminism must turn its gaze toward revolution rather than reform, this talk configures transgender and intersexed embodiment as productive locations for reframing notions of revolution, leading us to re-imagine a trans-feminist future. As an intersexed scholar concerned with the ways public discourse shapes and reflects our gendered realities, I hope to give voice to the particular ways trans and intersexed bodies and perspectives illuminate new possibilities for Women’s and Gender Studies. Through the theoretical lens of Judith Halbstam's The Queer Art of Failure and through an analysis of the public panic surrounding Chaz Bono's appearance on Dancing with the Stars, we might see 'queer failure' as part of the future of feminism. This particular viewpoint has resonance in both the current moment in queer theory and in what activist steps might be next for those of us deeply concerned about the ways gender itself has failed all of us." - Stacey Waite

 After receiving a PhD and an MFA from The University of Pittsburgh, Stacey Waite published three collections of  poetry and received numerous honors including the 2004 Frank O’Hara Prize, The Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship Award, three Pushcart Prize Nominations and the National Society of Arts & Letters Poetry Prize. Currently, Stacey is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska.



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