Professor Susan Gal (Anthropology) will deliver this year's Distinguished Lecture for the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies. She will speak on the topic of women within the extreme right in Europe.
"Sharing Our Stories": Exhale’s National Pro-Voice Tour - University of Chicago Student Seminar; Five courageous abortion storytellers – Kate, Kassi, Mayah, Natalia, and Ronak - are hitting the road to bring the pro-voice message to college campuses across the country. At each event, the Fellows will share their abortion stories and teach the basics for pro-voice communication to give students new ideas and tools to support people who experience abortion. The presentation will include interactive activities with the audience, so please be prepared to engage with the speakers. What is pro-voice? Pro-voice is a term coined by Exhale, a community of people with personal abortion experiences, and our loved ones, who use listening and storysharing to create abortion peace. Pro-voice is our philosophy and our practice and we want to share it with the world. Pro- voice is actually quite simple: we believe that if we listen and show support and respect to each person who has experienced abortion, the world, quite simply, will be changed. This event is sponsored by the University of Chicago Human Rights Program, Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP), and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. RSVPs are required. This program is open to all University of Chicago students. Please send your name and program/school to firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Sarah Patton Moberg at email@example.com.
Presented by the LGBTQ Studies Project,
Mary Cappello is a regular contributor to the world of literary nonfiction and experimental prose. She is the author of Night Bloom: An Italian/American Life, and most recently, the Los Angeles Times bestselling book-length essay on “awkwardness,” Awkward: A Detour.
The late Latina singing-sensation Jenni Rivera was a bilingual superstar who had an enormous fan base across
the US and Mexico. In her talk, Vargas will reconsider Rivera's pop iconicity as a queer Latina subjectivity, what Vargas argues is the “j” (pronounced “jota,” the Latino Spanish vernacular of “queer”) in Jenni as queer.
Deborah R. Vargas is an associate professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), which explores the lives and performancse of Chicana singers for the ways they push the heternormative limits of sonic imaginaries in borderlands music. Her areas of research and teaching include: Chicano/Latino cultural studies, critical race feminisms, queer of color critique, feminist ethnography, borderlands theory, and oral histories.
Christa Blümlinger (University of Paris VIII) compares the early films and later installations and digital work of the radical Rive Gauche artist-filmmakers Agnès Varda and Chris Marker.
Whether they include visits to galleries or present "found objects" or photographs to the viewer, Chris Marker's and Agnès Varda's early films constitute the museum exhibition as a major element. The way both Rive Gauche filmmakers weave together images, sounds, music, and commentary posits a complex relationship between movement and stillness. This in turn resonates with a kind of museum-like gestalt that prefigures their late installations and digital creations.
Christa Blümlinger is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Vincennes-Saint-Denis (Paris 8). She has curated numerous curatorial and critical activities in Vienna, Berlin and Paris, including Diagonale (Salzburg) and Duisburger Filmwoche (Duisburg). Her publications include the edition of writings of Harun Farocki (in French) and of Serge Daney (in German), as well as books about essay film, media art, avant-garde cinema and film aesthetics. As a critic she has published in magazines such as Trafic, Cinematheque, Parachute, Intermedialites, montage/av,, and Camera Austria.
Counter Cinema/Counter Media Series:
What is the visual language of opposition? Does the form of resistance matter today? The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality's Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project focuses on film and media practices that use form to resist and "counter" dominant film and media outlets, platforms, and traditions. In 2013, the Project will mount a series of talks and screenings curated by project director Jennifer Wild (Assistant Professor, CMS), and international film programmers, makers, collectives, and critics.
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners
Screening and Discussion based on the new documentary chronicling the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.
Joy James, Professor of Humanities & Social Science, Williams College
Mariame Kaba, Founding Director, Project NIA
Moderated by Tracye Matthews, PhD, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture
This event is a collaboration of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality's Feminist Theory Project and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture and part of a year-long series on the theory and praxis of Angela Y. Davis. The series will culminate in a major lecture by Professor Davis at the University of Chicago in May, 2013.