From the Norwegian choreographer Jo Strømgren Kompan.
From the Norwegian choreographer Jo Strømgren Kompan.
Keynote Speaker: Lauren Berlant, Professor of English, University of Chicago
The Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities (CSGS) at California State University, Los Angeles invites paper proposals for our annual student research conference to be held on May 13, 2014. This is a one-day, interdisciplinary conference inclusive of graduate and undergraduate work in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences that addresses issues of gender and sexuality. We welcome papers from students of literature, history, political science, ethnic studies, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, women’s and gender studies, queer theory, criminology, psychology, law, business, biology, art history, communications, and the performing arts. We are particularly interested in work that takes an interdisciplinary approach and in work that considers gender and sexuality’s intersections with matters of race, ethnicity, disability, nation, class, and religion. Students whose papers are accepted will later be invited to submit full-length versions of their work to be considered for publication in CSGS’s new online journal, GenderSexions. Note: We have small stipends available to support travel for students with outstanding proposals.
Instructions for applying:
Send abstracts of 250 words or less (and please include a title) to Eddy Alcantar, Center Coordinator, at email@example.com no later than 5PM on Friday, March 14th. Please include at the top of your abstract your name, your contact information (email address), your program of study, the title of your paper, and your institutional affiliation. When you email your proposal, please place in the subject line your first and last name followed by “Paper Proposal”
Example: Chris Smith Paper Proposal
Notifications of acceptance will be sent shortly after the deadline. Submitters are encouraged to be explicit about how their work engages issues of gender and sexuality and about how the work constitutes an original intervention in their field(s). For more information about the conference or about The Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, contact: Eddy Alcantar, Coordinator, Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities: csgsonline [at] gmail.com or Benjamin Bateman, Director, Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities: rbatem [at] calstatela.edu
You can also visit (like and follow) csgsonline.org, and facebook.com/csgsonline.
This conference is supported by The Cross Cultural Centers, The American Communities Program, and the Department of English at Cal State Los Angeles.
an Experimental Dialogue about Sexuality, Blackness, and the Archival
Featuring Uri McMillan, David Green, and Kai Green
Thursday, January 16 4:00 p.m.
English Department Conference Room, HMNSS 2212
Undisciplined Encounters is a series of experimental exchanges that seeks to extend conversations on race, power, critical gender and sexuality studies, and settler colonialism. Undisciplined Encounters is designed as a set of engagements between departments, between modes of thought, and between practices of resistance and social change. It is sponsored by Sponsored by the Departments of English, Ethnic Studies, and Media Studies as well as Queer Lab.
Uri McMillan is is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles where he teaches courses on twentieth-century African American literatures, queer literatures and culture, and disability narratives. He is the author of Embodied Avatars: The Art of Black Female Performance, which will be released on the Sexual Cultures series of NYU Press in late 2014.
David B. Green Jr. is a PhD Candidate in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan. A trans-disciplinary Black Studies intellectual, his research situates the lives and cultural labors of Black LGBT identified artists and activists within larger histories of African American freedom struggles. His dissertation, Out of this Confusion I Bring My Heart: Love, Liberation, and The Rise of Black LGBT Cultural Politics in Late Twentieth Century America, illuminates the various ways that Black LGBT artist-activists imagine a politics of liberation through discourses of love.
Kai Green is a feminist writer, scholar, poet, filmmaker, abolitionist. He examines questions of gendered and racialized violence in his art and scholarship. His film, “It Gets Messy in Here,” examines the lives of transgender men and masculine identified women of color and their bathroom experiences. Green is a PhD candidate in the department of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, where he is completing his dissertation, “Into the Darkness: A Black Queer (Re)Membering of Los Angeles in a Time of Crises.”
In a video honoring UCR’s history of advocating for queer students and queer studies, we see Professor Keith Harris write José Muñoz’s name on the board, and the title of his second book, Cruising Utopia. José Muñoz’s thought has been a part of our scholarship and teaching for a long time. The numbers of faculty who have worked with him, who knew him as a friend, colleague and as a mentor – this is no small part of our college’s community. It too much to write a sentence communicating the terrible news that he is gone.
José Muñoz came to UCR this past spring; earlier in the year our students read the whole of Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics in an LGBS seminar inspired by that book, a seminar driven by the performative genius of Sylvester, Vaginal Davis, Nao Bustamante, Jack Smith and Alice Bag. During his UCR visit he shared his work on the sense of brown; he spoke the next day from the same project at Cal State Los Angeles. Two powerful, deeply moving lectures. His work is so important; he was a profoundly dedicated teacher and scholar who lived for and loved his work. Below is a recording of a lecture José Muñoz gave at Duke (on “The Sense of Brown”), with a beautiful introduction by Sharon Holland.
Students sometimes ask me what it was like to be a student at Duke during those heady years in the early 1990s. I talk less to them about Eve Sedgwick and the incredible faculty there, and mostly about José, about being a part of a very intense conversation that was often initiated by him. About learning to initiate those conversations as a part of our friendship – about opening spaces up for each other. This would, I think, be just how Eve would talk about those years too.
Worlds are made by the people sitting right next to you.
Our hearts go out to his colleagues, students and friends.
“On RIRE / LAUGH / LACHEN”
Antonia Baehr, performance artist
4:15 Dance Studio Theatre, ATHD 102 (Athletics and Dance Building)
Antonia Baehr’s work speaks to genderqueer performance, modes of being in the work – and to the transdisciplinary aspects of genderqueer performance.
Arts 335 at 5:10pm
Amelia Jones practices a queer, anti-racist, feminist history and theory of twentieth- and twenty-first century Euro-American visual arts, including performance, film, video, and installation—articulated in relation to increasingly global frameworks. She has authored a number of important interventions in Art History, including Body Art/Performing the Subject (1998), Irrational Modernism: A Neurasthenic History of New York Dada(1994), Self-Image: Technology, Representation, and the Contemporary Subject (2006) and, most recently, Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (2012).
If you are a UCR graduate student or faculty member working in queer studies and you want to make something happen, if you work at a neighboring institution and want to collaborate, email Jennifer Doyle and ask for Queer Lab co-sponsorship.
Queer Lab will co-sponsor speakers or film screenings with grants of up to $500. (Larger requests may be considered, depending on the scale of your event.) The event must make sense within Queer Lab’s promise to support queer studies on campus – meaning: these events should forward our work as students and scholars. Events sponsored last year included scholarly lectures, artist’s talks, a drag workshop (connected to an LGBIT minor seminar), film screenings and performance art.
Queer Lab’s mission is to help forward queer studies especially within our areas of strength – to name a few – Black Studies, Latina/o Studies, explorations of the decolonial, scholarly work on the Prison/Industrial complex, American Studies, Public Humanities scholarship, visual and performance studies, indigenous studies, experimental and independent media, archive studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Performance Studies, Movement/Dance, the practice of criticism (creative non-fiction, performative writing, criticism within new media formats). Queer work shapes all of those fields of inquiry.
Accepting Queer Lab sponsorship comes with some commitments – a commitment to support the work of scholars in the field by attending their events, and by participating in the minor in LGBIT Studies, for example. Ideally, the audience attending Queer Lab events should migrate across disciplines.
Send your proposal by email to Jennifer Doyle at UCR.
In your request, describe your event, when you would like it to happen, its overall budget, its contribution to queer studies at UCR, and identify co-sponsors (co-sponsors are mandatory).
October 15 for Fall 2013
December 1 for Winter 2013
March 1 for Spring 2013
Please note: Queer Lab is centered on scholarship/research in sexuality studies. Events supporting LGBIT life on campus are usually sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center. Sometimes our projects overlap.
“Messianic Remains” is the fourth installation in Ron Athey’s series of performances, “Incorruptible Flesh.” This performance continues Athey’s exploration of the continuation of his own post-AIDS body. Previous installments were done in collaboration with the late Lawrence Steger (who died of AIDS in 1999), and in the new millennium with London-based artist Dominic Johnson. Between 1996 and 2007, performances have been staged in Glasgow, at the Chelsea Theatre in London, and at the funerals of Leigh Bowery in New York and Amsterdam. As in earlier works in the series, Athey rides the grandiose myth of enlightenment that only the face of death may reveal.
This event is sponsored in part by Queer Lab: in 2009, Ron Athey led a performance workshop for artists in Riverside and collaborated with Julie Tolentino on a performance program that included Zackary Drucker and Heather Cassils. That project was organized by UCR Professor (and member of HR’s collective) Jennifer Doyle, who has since published a book featuring writing about Athey’s practice and its importance. You can listen here to an interview between Ron Athey and Jennifer Doyle via the Sweeney Gallery archive. Later this month, Doyle will host a conversation about Athey’s work – look for details about that event here, and on HRLA’s website (http://humanresourcesla.com/).
More Ron Athey in Los Angeles: July 14 2pm, book launch for Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performance of Ron Athey at Redcat, thanks to OUTFEST!
June 1 – Opening of Geographies of Detention at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside: panel discussion at 6pm
June 2 - INSTALL:WeHo presents “Good Queer” – pop-up exhibition and performances in West Hollywood
June 21 & 22 - Xavier Dolan’s I Killed My Mother (2009): film at the Culver Arts Center in Riverside
June 23 – Do With Me What You Will: Sheree Rose & Martin O’Brien in a 24-hour performance at Sanctuary LAX in Los Angeles
July 6 – Conversation with Sheree Rose, Martin O’Brien about their experience, hosted by Jennifer Doyle. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
July 7 – Antebellum Gallery presents Anglicised Fetish Tea Salon with Lisa Teasley, Ron Athey and more. $15/cover. 1643 N Las Palmas, LA CA 90028 4pm-7pm
July 10 – Queer Lab presents Ron Athey at Human Resources in Los Angeles
July 11-21 – Outfest: Los Angeles LGBT Cinema Festival
July 14 – Book Launch for Ron Athey’s Pleading in the Blood at Redcat in Los Angeles
July 20 – Rafa Esparza at Human Resources in Los Angeles
On Thursday May 23, the Hammer Museum at UCLA is hosting a screening of ITSOFOMO (In the Shadow of Forward Motion), a collaboration between David Wojnarowicz and Ben Neill. ITSOFOMO was originally staged as a live performance in which Wojnarowicz read his work alongside multi-channel projections of his film while Ben Neill performed an original score for his mutantrumpet, along with live percussion and computer controlled electronics. For this event, the Hammer Museum is hosting a four channel projection accompanied by Neill’s soundtrack (music, noise and Wojnarowicz’s readings). This screening is a rare event – an occasion to remember the multi-disciplinary and collaborative side of Wojnarowicz’s practice as an artist.
Cynthia Carr and Jennifer Doyle will introduce ITSOFOMO with a conversation intended to orient the viewer in relation to this rarely screened work.
Carr is the author of Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz; Doyle is the author of Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art. Wonderfully, Ben Neill will be on hand as well. The screening will be followed by a book signing and reception – organized to facilitate conversation between Carr, Doyle, Neill and audience members who want to talk over their experience of this work and ask questions.
Cynthia Carr was a columnist and arts reporter for the Village Voice from 1984 to 2003. Writing under the byline C. Carr, she specialized in experimental and cutting-edge art, especially performance art. Some of these pieces are now collected in On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century. She is also the author of Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Artforum, Bookforum, Modern Painters, the Drama Review, and other publications. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. Carr lives in New York.
“[Fire in the Belly is] unimprovable as a biography–thorough, measured, beautifully written, loving but not uncritical — as a concentrated history of his times, and as a memorial, presenting him in his entirety, twenty years dead but his ardor uncooled.”—Luc Sante, Bookforum
Jennifer Doyle is Professor of English at UC Riverside. She is Co-Chair of the Minor in LGBIT Studies and Director of Queer Lab. She is the author of Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire, and Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art, the last chapter of which is devoted to a reading of Wojnarowicz’s portraits of Peter Hujar.
“Hold It Against Me is forceful and memorable. Jennifer Doyle thinks about difficult art in a way that refreshes its historical impact; she also revitalizes what criticism can do to extend the event that its objects have been to new ethical, political, and aesthetic domains.”—Lauren Berlant, author of Cruel Optimism
Ben Neill is a composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. He has been called “a creative composer and genius performer” (Time Out NY). “the mad scientist of dancefloor jazz” (CMJ Journal), and “a musical powerhouse, a serious and individual talent” (Time Out London). Neill’s music blends influences from electronica, jazz and minimalism, blurring the lines between DJ culture and acoustic instrument performance.
Neill has recorded nine CDs of his music on the Universal/Verve, Thirsty Ear, Astralwerks, Six Degrees, Ramseur, New Tone and Ear-Rational labels. His music has also been featured on numerous compilations including Wired Magazine’s Music Futurists. In 2010 his music theater work Persephone was presented at the BAM Next Wave Festival. The recording Songs for Persephone with Mimi Goese which is made up of the music from the theatrical production was released in 2011 on Ramseur Records to critical acclaim. He has performed extensively in a wide variety of international settings including Lincoln Center, Cite de la Musique France, Moogfest, Berlin Love Parade Germany, Spoleto Festival Italy, Umbria Jazz Italy, Sleepless Night Miami, NIME Conferences Vancouver and Paris, Bang On A Can Festival New York, ICA London, Istanbul Jazz Festival Turkey and the Edinburgh Festival UK to name a few.
3:00pm – 5:00pm INTS 1128
In this lecture – the last of Queer Lab’s events for this year – Muñoz explores contemporary “brownness” not simply as a realist or empirical account of Latino/a or migrant experience, but rather as a way of encountering the entire world. José Esteban Muñoz is Professor of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is the author or editor of defining and foundational works in the field, including Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009) and Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999). He is co-editor of Pop Out: Queer Warhol (1996), Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin America (1997) and influential journal issues such as Social Text‘s What’s Queer about Queer Studies Now? (2005) and Queer Transsexions of Race, Nation and Gender (1997). This lecture is from his forthcoming work, The Sense of Brown. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies and the English Department.