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Reading Group: Gayle Rubin

September 28, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Room 407 Cathedral of Learning

In order to prepare for Rubin's visit, GSWS is offering two reading groups open to faculty and graduate students. These are meant as an invitation to read Rubin's less famous works, get re-familiarized with her two field-opening essays, and situate them in her broader trajectory over the past 40 years. 

Lecture: “Race, Face, Ravage, and Lyrical Fat: Deleuze and Childhood Poverty”

September 29, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Kathryn Stockton, Univ. of Utah

“Race, Face, Ravage, and Lyrical Fat: Deleuze and Childhood Poverty”

Might we strike at the monolith of Poverty by using the blade of the sexual child?  Might we cut the face of the racial cliché of the child-in-peril-in-the-third-world?  We must be seduced . . . by a face . . . on the move—even by its motions in lyrical fat.  Bringing Deleuzian movement to bear on the face of childhood poverty—raced and gendered faces in literature, documentary, and film—stirs new matters.  Specifically, surprisingly, the body has sex with the notion of (its) face.  What does this mean?  How does it queer perspectives on poverty?




Undergraduate event, “Black Masculinity and Intimacy: Discussing Jay-Z's 4:44 ”

October 11, 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Hosted by Gabby Yearwood (Anthro and GSWS)

View PDF flyer here

In Masculinity Studies it is well agreed that men make men. But what does this making look like? What is produced? How and when do men reflect on their making? What and where are the spaces that men share their making? What and where are the spaces they are made? In the recent release of Jay-Z’s album 4:44 we see black men reflecting on learning intimacy. This video will serve as a point of departure to engage in an open discussion on blackness, masculinity, and intimacy. Where it might fail but also where might it succeed. After a few introductory remarks, Dr. Yearwood will lead an open discussion on the experiences and process of learning intimacy amongst black men and what this might say about black masculinity. 

Second Steering Committee Meeting

October 20, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30pm

General Lecture: “Sex in the Age of Fordism: The Standardization of Sexual Objects”

October 31, 2017 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Benjamin Kahan (Louisiana SU)

Benjamin Kahan’s “Sex in the Age of Fordism: The Standardization of Sexual Objects” theorizes an etiological rather than an epistemological approach to the history of sexuality. Reading Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio (1919), this paper explores how industrialization functions as a sexual etiology.

Faculty/grad Colloquium: “After Sedgwick: The Gordian Knot of the Great Paradigm Shift”

October 31, 2017 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Benjamin Kahan (Louisiana SU), Humanities Center Visiting Short-Term Fellow

Open to all faculty and graduate students. 

Colloquium: “After Sedgwick: The Gordian Knot of the Great Paradigm Shift”

Reading Group for Faculty/Grads: Session 2

September 14, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Transracial and Transgender

Contact Rostom Mesli [] for more information.

Reading Group for Faculty/Grads: Transgender and Transracial

September 7, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

"Is Transracial the New Transgender?: Rogers Brubaker's Trans and Other Useful Tools for Analyzing a Contemporary Vitriolic Debate"

Since June 2015, when then-President of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, WA, Nkechi Amare Diallo, more commonly known under her birth name Rachel Dolezal, was outed as White by her birth parents, the question of transracialism has generated considerable controversy.

General Lecture: Gayle Rubin (Michigan)

October 17, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Sponsored by the Year of Diversity/Provost, Humanities Center, Cultural Studies Program, and GSWS

Gay Sex and the Post-Industrial City: Leathermen and San Francisco's South of Market

CFP: Colloquium on Gender/Sexuality and Childhood

Call for Papers: "Playing with Childhood in the Twenty-First Century," April 6-7, 2018

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