IS Colloquium featuring Judith Halberstam
Apr 14, 2011
from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
|Where||Moore Hall Reading Room (MH 3340)|
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IS Colloquium featuring Judith "Jack" Halberstam on Forgetfulness and Lost Archives
Forgetfulness for women and for queer people can be a useful tool for jamming the smooth operations of the normal and the ordinary. These operations, generally speaking, take on an air of inevitability and naturalness simply by virtue of being passed on from one generation to another. Women are most often the repositories for generational logics of being and becoming and they then become the transmitters of that logic to the next generation. In this talk ranging from novels by Toni Morrison, WG Sebald and some animated films, we will see how forgetfulness becomes a rupture with the eternally self-generating present, a break with a self-authorizing past, and an opportunity for a non hetero-reproductive future.
Judith Jack Halberstam is Professor of English at USC. Halberstam is the author of 3 books: Skins Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monster (1995); Female Masculinity (1998); and In A Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (NYU Press). Halberstam also has a new book coming out from Duke UP in September titled: The Queer Art of Failure and is now finishing a book for the Feminist Press on new modalities of gender and sexuality.
Moore Hall Reading Room (MH 3340), 3pm - Please note that this is a new date for this colloquium, and the location has changed.
A reception will follow the colloquium.