I’m looking forward to this semester’s first meeting of the Queer Performance Reading Group on Friday, Feb. 11, to discuss Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s Touching Feeling.
This email contains two new pieces of information. First, please save the date on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, for the symposium, “Performing Lesbian Archives.” This symposium, generously sponsored by the Harrington Foundation, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the LGBTQ Research Cluster, explores the question, “How can theories and practices of performance reconfigure knowledge of lesbian histories?” Participants include Robin Bernstein, Jennifer DeVere Brody, Charlotte Canning, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Meta Jones, Omi Jones, Catherine Lord, Kim Marra, Lisa L. Moore, Deborah Paredez, Matt Richardson, Q-Roc, Harold Steward, and Julia Wallace. All panels and performances will occur in the Winship building; I’ll send a full schedule out soon. All are welcome. Please save the date for this exciting event!
Second, please note the following slight change to our reading list for the semester. Sara Ahmed’s book, _The Cultural Politics of Emotion_, has proved difficult and expensive to acquire in the United States. We will therefore read her book _Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others_ instead.
The Queer Performance Reading Group’s full schedule is as follows:
Friday, February 11: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy,
Monday, February 28: Sara Ahmed, Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others
Monday, March 7: Jose Esteban Munoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of
Friday, March 25: Tavia Nyong’o, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and
the Ruses of Memory
Monday, April 4: Judith Halberstam, In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender
Bodies, Subcultural Lives
Friday, April 15: Lawrence LaFountain-Stokes, Queer Ricans: Cultures and
Sexualities in the Diaspora
Monday, April 25: Scott Herring, Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism
As always, our group meets at Sao Paolo on San Jacinto. All are welcome, including those who have not read every word of the book. I look forward to seeing you at the Queer Performance Reading Group and the Performing Lesbian Archives Symposium!