April 22: Tadhi Coulter, “Embodiments of Transformation: Image-Texts of Sovereignty in Comedic Performances of Good Times”

By , April 20, 2014 3:54 pm

Hello Everyone!

Please join us for our second session of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop this spring. Please read the paper attached.

Tuesday, April 22: Tadhi Coulter, Divinity School, University of Chicago

Title: “Embodiments of Transformation: Image-Texts of Sovereignty in Comedic Performances of Good Times”

Time & Location: 4:30-6:00 pm, Seminar Room, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (5733 S University)

Hope to see you on Tuesday!

Amanda Blair and Claire McKinney

CSGS Symposium, April 18

By , April 15, 2014 5:49 am

Hello Everyone!

Please join us for our first annual CSGS Symposium.  This one-day symposium provides a snapshot of the CSGS Graduate Student Fellows’ research projects, as well as undergraduate students who are writing BA papers on issues related to gender and sexuality.

 
Presenters include: Emily Remus, Samuel Perry, Alisha Jones, Sarah Weicksel, Abigail Ocobock (link to her paper), Erin Moore,  Ellen Kladky, Colin Low, and Jen Wells-Qu. Please find a detailed schedule of events attached. UPDATE: Emily Lord Fransee will not be able to present, as such the BA Panel will be moved to Session 7.
 
Hope to see you today!
 
Amanda Blair and Claire McKinney
 

Panel on Feminist Economics, April 14th

By , April 4, 2014 6:43 am

GSSW Tomorrow: Hillary Chute, “Bodies in the Classroom”

By , March 25, 2014 7:35 am

Please join us for our first session of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop this spring. Tomorrow is a pedagogical presentation, as such no paper is attached. Please find our Spring Quarter schedule attached.

Tuesday, April 1: Hillary Chute, English, University of Chicago

Title: “Bodies in the Classroom”

Time & Location: 4:30-6:00 pm, Seminar Room, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (5733 S University)

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Amanda Blair and Claire McKinney

Dissertation/Thesis Write-In

By , March 11, 2014 8:13 am

The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality would like to invite you to attend a Dissertation/Thesis Write-In for Friday, March 14, from 9 A.M-5 P.M, for students whose research is related to issues of gender and sexuality. This is a one-day write-in to give you time and space to make progress on your major writing requirements. Registration is first come, first serve. Please RSVP to gssworkshop@gmail.com.

In conjunction with the write-in, we will schedule PhD student/Master’s student mentorship meet-ups at lunchtime. If you are a Master’s student interested in writing your thesis on any issue related to gender or sexuality and would like to be partnered with a PhD student with similar interests, let us know at gssworkshop@gmail.com. Please include your interests and disciplinary field(s). If you are a PhD student willing to serve as a mentor, please let us know. You can sign up just to participate in Mentor/Mentee lunches without participating in the write-in.

Location: 1st floor, 5733 S University Ave
Schedule: March 14
9 – 9:30 AM:  Arrive. Coffee and light breakfast provided.
9:30-Noon: Write
Noon-1 PM: Break for lunch. Lunch is on your own. Mentor/Mentee meet-ups
1 PM-3 PM: Write
3- 3:30 PM: Afternoon Break. Snacks provided
3:30-5 PM: Write

GSSW Tomorrow: Amanda Leigh Davis, “A Vacated Tomb, an Occupied Cenotaph, and an Animate Coffin: Reanimated Women in Poe, Hawthorne, and Faulkner”

By , February 27, 2014 9:36 am

Hello Everyone!

Please join us for our final session of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop this winter, co-sponsored with the Religions in America Workshop. Please read the paper attached here.

Tuesday, March 4th: Amanda Leigh Davis, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago

Title: “A Vacated Tomb, an Occupied Cenotaph, and an Animate Coffin: Reanimated Women in Poe, Hawthorne, and Faulkner”

Time & Location: 4:30-6:00 pm, Seminar Room, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (5733 S University)

Hope to see you tomorrow!
Amanda Blair and Claire McKinney

**CANCELLED** GSSW: Zach Blas, “On Informatic Opacity and Queerness”

By , February 11, 2014 7:18 am

Hello Everyone!

Please join us for our fourth session of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop this winter. This week’s workshop is a presentation, as such no paper is attached.

Tuesday, February 18th: Zach Blas, PhD Candidate in Literature, Duke University

Title: “On Informatic Opacity and Queerness”

This talk focuses on queer, feminist, and transgender responses against digital identification technologies that employ imperceptible tactics.
Today, in an era of universal standards of identification exemplified by biometrics, GPS, and metadata, it is no surprise that themes of opacity, illegibility, and invisibility are coterminously emerging. In media theory, there are concepts like Alexander Galloway and Eugene Thacker’s “tactics of nonexistence” and Hanna Rose Shell’s “camouflage consciousness.” New works in queer theory have brought about many useful conceptualizations, such as José Muñoz’s “queer escape,” Nicholas de Villiers’ “queer opacity,” and Jack Halberstam’s “queer darkness.” These concepts and theories insist that refusals of visibility or recognition are tactics for political autonomy.

Queerness, informatics, and tactics of opacity paradigmatically cohere around emerging struggles against biometrics and the structural violence such technologies enact on non-normative populations. I consider what could be called a queer, informatic opacity through my current artwork Facial Weaponization Suite. The project consists of community-based, mask-making workshops, in which “collective masks” are created for public intervention. Each mask is generated from the aggregated biometric facial data of participants’ faces, resulting in an amorphous mask that cannot be parsed by facial detection technologies. One mask in the suite, Fag Face Mask, is a response to emerging scientific studies that link successfully determining sexual orientation with rapid facial recognition techniques.

Zach’s work, including artworks he discusses, can be viewed here:

http://www.zachblas.info/file_shares/zachblas_joap_2014.pdf

http://www.zachblas.info/projects/facial-weaponization-suite/

http://www.zachblas.info/projects/face-cages/

Time & Location: 4:30-6:00 pm, Seminar Room, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (5733 S University)

Hope to see you tomorrow!
Amanda Blair and Claire McKinney

GSSW Today: Mel Y. Chen, “Material Alliance”

By , January 29, 2014 7:57 am

Hello Everyone!

Please join us for our third session of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop this winter. today will be a presentation, as such there is no paper attached.

Tuesday, February 4th: Mel Y. Chen, Gender & Women’s Studies, University of California Berkeley

Title: “Material Alliance”

Following the workshop presentation there will be a Track Switching writing workshop from 7:00-8:30 PM

“track switching,” focuses discussion on questions of inter- and trans- disciplinarity, wherein disciplines and, differently, “fields,” are considered variously as arbiters of moral, ethical, affective approaches to sexuality, queer, and gender scholarship. They also work to delineate capacities in interesting ways. What dialogic acts are perceived, or are believed to work, as track switching? As track sharing? I will invite participants to collaborate on these questions by soliciting situated experiences, offering terminologies, and offering some provocations about the unintended consequences of some transdisciplinary claims.

Time & Location: 4:30-6:00 pm, Seminar Room, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (5733 S University)

Hope to see you this afternoon!
Amanda Blair and Claire McKinney

GSSW Tomorrow: Sam Galloway, “Cruising Foucault: Sex, Ethics, and Politics”

By , January 13, 2014 11:32 am

Hello Everyone!

Please join us for our second session of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop this winter. Please read the paper attached.

Tuesday, January 21st: Sam Galloway, PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of Chicago

Title: “Cruising Foucault: Sex, Ethics, and Politics”

This paper intervenes in current research on queer politics by reading William Friedkin’s film *Cruising* (1980) through a Foucaultdian lens. For many queer commentators at the time, Cruising was symptomatic of a failed queer politics, evidenced in the ghettoization of gay culture around bars, baths, and clubs, and the ‘capitalist’ corruption of gay relationships into promiscuous sexual exchanges transacted in these institutions. On my reading, a Foucaultdian response problematizes this interpretation. To support this reading I situate a series of interviews with Foucault, especially one conducted in 1982, but ultimately—and tellingly—unpublished at the time, within the historical milieu of the Cruising controversy. I read Foucault as not so subtly critiquing nascent national—and even North American—gay organizations inaugurated by protests against Friedkin’s film for over-valuing identity as a stable political signifier. I conclude by suggesting these critiques remain salient today, as national gay organizations continue to insist upon “positive images” of queers in mainstream representation.

Time & Location: 4:30-6:00 pm, Seminar Room, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (5733 S University)

Hope to see you tomorrow!
Amanda Blair and Claire McKinney
 

Winter Schedule: The Broken and the Thriving

By , December 27, 2013 8:45 pm

This quarter’s topic is to focus on the ways that the damage of subordination induces potentially startling and vital forms of life.

Curator: Lauren Berlant, English

Tuesday, January 7th: Lauren Berlant, English, University of Chicago
“Sex in the Event of Happiness”

Tuesday, January 21st: Sam Galloway, Political Science, University of Chicago
“Cruising Foucault: Sex, Ethics, and Politics”

Tuesday, February 4th: Mel Y. Chen, Gender & Women’s Studies, University of California Berkeley
“Material Alliance”

*Followed by a writing session

Tuesday, February 18th: Zach Blas, Literature, Duke University
“On Informatic Opacity and Queerness”

Tuesday, March 4th: Amanda Leigh Davis, English, University of Chicago
“The Living Coffin and the Vacated Tomb: Reanimated Women in Poe, Hawthorne, and Faulkner”

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