...what we can never know is how to escape the will-to-be-taught, the desire for a lesson—a profit, a one—to take the place of the zero; how to allow for not saying “yes” to the imperative of life; how to let the future be by being what lets the future.

—Lee Edelman, "Against Survival"
In theorizing the black everyday in the wake of the slave ship and the hold, we would recognize their continued existence.... To occupy the wake in all of its meanings...demands that we know we are positioned in the world by an order of knowledge that produces and enforces links, discursive and material, between the womb and the tomb.

—Christina Sharpe, "Black Studies: In the Wake"
Something’s being advertised; something’s unprotected; something’s looking lesbian; something’s giving life … that copulates with death. That thing is reading, and barebacking figures it.

—Kathryn Bond Stockton, "Reading as Kissing, Sex with Ideas"

2016 SPRING LECTURE SERIES

CHRISTINA SHARPE

“How a Girl Becomes a Ship”

 

24 FEBRUARY 2016
Wednesday | 430 PM
Marie Mount Hall 1400

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25 FEBRUARY 2016
Colloquium with Christina Sharpe
(open to all)
Thursday | 11am-1pm
Francis Scott Key Hall 2120

Christina Sharpe is Associate Professor of English, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies at Tufts University. She is the author of two books: Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (Duke University Press, 2010) and In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Duke University Press, Fall 2016). She is currently working on two projects provisionally titled Thinking Juxtapositionally and Refusing Necrotopia.

LEE EDELMAN

“Being/Divided: Queerness, Psychoanalysis, and Ontological Negation”

 

31 MARCH 2016
Thursday | 430 PM
Francis Scott Key Hall 0106

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1 APRIL 2016
Colloquium with Lee Edelman
(open to all)
Friday | 11am-1pm
Tawes Hall 2115

Lee Edelman is the Fletcher Professor of English Literature at Tufts University. He is the author of No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (2004), Homographesis: Essays in Gay Literary and Cultural Theory (1993), and Transmemberment of Song: Hart Crane’s Anatomies of Rhetoric and Desire (1987). He is also co-author, with Lauren Berlant, of Sex, or the Unbearable (2013). He is currently completing Bad Education: Why Queerness is No Good.

KATHRYN BOND STOCKTON

“Impure Thoughts and All They Birth: What Does the Dildo of the Future Look Like?”

 

22 April 2016

Friday | Time TBA

Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Note: This lecture will also serve as the keynote address for the 2016 DC Queer Studies Symposium

Kathryn Bond Stockton is Distinguished Professor of English and Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at the University of Utah, where she teaches queer theory, theories of race, the nineteenth-century novel, and twentieth-century literature and film. Her most recent books, Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer” (2006) and The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century  (2009) were both finalists for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies. She is also the author of God between Their Lips: Desire between Women in Irigaray, Bronte, and Eliot (1994). In 2013, she was awarded the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the highest honor granted by the University of Utah.

ERIC A. STANLEY

“Death Drop: Becoming the Universe at the End of the World”

 

22 April 2016

Friday | Time TBA

Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Note: Part of the DC Queer Studies Symposium, plenary session on Surplus Life and Queer Death

Eric A. Stanley is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Along with Chris Vargas, Eric directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2015). A coeditor of the anthology Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011) which won the Prevention for a Safe Society award and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Eric’s other writing can be found in the journals Social Text, American Quarterly, Women and Performance, and TSQ.

CRAIG WILLSE

“Queer Life ‘After’ AIDS”

 

22 April 2016

Friday | Time TBA

Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Note: Part of the DC Queer Studies Symposium, plenary session on Surplus Life and Queer Death

Craig Willse’s work focuses on neoliberalism, urbanism, biopolitics, and racial formations. He is the author of The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). His earlier work on the management of racialized housing insecurity and the homeless services industry has been published in Economy and Society and Surveillance and Society. He is co-editor, with Patricia Clough, of Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death (Duke University Press, 2011). Willse also works in queer/LGBT studies in an on-going collaboration with legal scholar Dean Spade. Their joint writing has appeared in QED, Widener Law Review, Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage (ed. Ryan Conrad, 2010) and Left Turn. Their multi-media project Free State Epitaph has been produced and screened in New York, Berkeley, Seattle, and Kansas City, MO.