Gensler Symposium 2014
The US has progressed to a time of sexual liberation—or so we are told. Gays can marry or join the military. Gay couples can establish nuclear families and rear children. Isn't that equality?
But what if "gay equality" is also a sort of sexual straightjacket that locks us into older notions of gender, family norms, the role of biology and patriotism? What if the only way to escape is through a feminist analysis of marriage, family, the military and a resurgence of biological explanations for everything from sexual orientation to shyness?
This conference explores how institutions embedded in patriarchy and racial hierarchies- like marriage, the military and science—are not necessarily a path to freedom, but a kind of sexual straitjacket. It also explores the possibility of queer solutions.
The events highlight the continued salience of queer studies and queer theories. Rather than mourn the death of queer theory the symposium signals the important contributions this analytical framework can make to the liberal arts.
Gensler Symposium 2014 Events
Monday, April 14, Crossroads Café, 7 p.m.
MiddQUEER Student Event
Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room
I am NOT that Hungry: Creative Resistance, Black Queers, and Family
Lecture by Nikki Young, Assistant Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies & Religion, Bucknell University
Capitalism, as an economic system, creates and maintains capitalist family values, which operate through private/nuclear ownership and dominion, (singular) male leadership, inherent inequality within relationships, and the moral subjugation of dependents. This value system, in concert with the oppressive social constructions of race, gender, and sexuality, works to deprive black queers of a recognizable moral subjectivity. Through a process that I have called creative resistance, many black queers disrupt the disciplinary power within the capitalist family. They challenge (a) technologies of normalization that limit human possibility and relationships, (b) norms that subjugate diverse expressions of identities and selves; and (c) structures that foster unequal and oppressive relationship dynamics. In this presentation, I will describe the ethical framework through which black queers practice creative resistance, revision family dynamics, and imagine relational possibilities.
Wednesday, April 16, 5-6:30 p.m., Carr Hall Lounge
Sister Outsider Poetry is a poetry duo comprised of Denice Frohman and Dominique Christina. Their poetry deals with the intersections among gender, sexuality, race, and culture. This workshop will be hosted for students.
Co-sponsored by the Innovation and Collaboration Fund, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies program, Chellis House, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Wonnacott Commons, Ross Commons, and the English and American Literatures Department.
Wednesday, April 16, 9:00-10:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium
Sister Outsider Poetry is a poetry duo comprised of Denice Frohman and Dominique Christina. Their poetry deals with the intersections among gender, sexuality, race, and culture. This performance will feature student openers.
Co-sponsored by the Innovation and Collaboration Fund, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies program, Chellis House, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Wonnacott Commons, Ross Commons, and the English and American Literatures Department
Thursday, April 17, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room
The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality
Lecture by Suzanna Walters, Director of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University
In her talk,Professor Walters challenges received wisdom about gay identities and gay rights, arguing that we are not “almost there,” but on the contrary have settled for a watered-down goal of tolerance and acceptance rather than a robust claim to full civil rights. Drawing on a vast array of sources both popular and more scholarly, Professor Walters demonstrates how the low bar of tolerance demeans rather than ennobles both gays and straights alike.
Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., Dance Theater, Mahaney Center for the Arts
Guerrilla Girl Frida Kahlo will bring to life the exhibition on view at the College Museum: Guerrilla Girls: Art in Action.
Sponsored by the Museum of Art, Student Friends of the Art Museum, GSFS, HARC, the Director of the Arts, and Academic Affairs.
Friday, April 18, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones Conference Room
What’s in a Name?: Identity, Marriage and Family Law in Japan
A lecture by Linda White, Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies.
Friday, April 18