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Only Two Days until Sexuality Summer School 2014: ‘Queer Anatomies’!


Only two days until the start of Sexuality Summer School 2014: Queer Anatomies. This year, the Summer School will begin with an lunchtime opening lecture by Professor Jasbir Puar (Rutgers).

Jasbir Puar

Jasbir Puar

‘A Body with New Organs: Becoming Trans, Becoming Disabled’

Monday 26 May, 12pm – 2pm, Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum

All Welcome

In this paper I historically situate the most current intersectional flavors of the day, “trans” and “disabled,” through their emergence as the latest newcomers to the intersectional fray.  I look at how their parallel yet rarely intersecting epistemological constructs—both come into being, or becoming, in the early 90s in the academy as well as in broader political terms and movements—require exceptionalizing both the trans body and the disabled body in order to convert the debility of a non-normative body into a form of social and cultural capacity, whether located in state recognition, identity politic formations, market economies, the medical industrial complex, or subject positioning.  I argue that the potential politics of trans disability are seemingly only perceived in terms of the intersectional “trans-disabled subject” or the “disabled trans subject.” Using assemblage theory to advance the relationships between trans and disability beyond an intersectional rubric of subject identification, I elaborate a politics of conviviality through engagements with the medicalization of the body that might de-exceptionalize the transgressive tendencies of trans and disabled in favor of a shared politics.

This opening lecture will be followed by a number of other public events as part of Sexuality Summer School 2014.

Public Events:

Monday 26 May – 6-8
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP(2012)
Film Screening followed by Q&A with director Jim Hubbard, Professor Richard Dyer (Kings) and Dr. Monica Pearl(Manchester)
Venue: Cornerhouse. Tickets: http://www.cornerhouse.org/booking-information-prices
Sponsored by Screen.

Tuesday 27 May – 4-6
Anatomy, Cartography, and the Prehistory of Normality
Public lecture with Professor Valerie Traub(University of Michigan and Simon Visiting Professor, Manchester)
Venue: John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester
Sponsored by EAC, University of Manchester and SEXGEN. Followed by wine reception at Contact.

Tuesday 27 May – 7.30-9.30 (SOLD OUT)
Green Screening: A Conversational Workshop
Workshop with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver
Venue: Contact. Tickets: http://contactmcr.com/whats-on/12873-split-britches-ruff/

Wednesday 28 May – 8-10
Split Britches: RUFF
Performance by Peggy Shaw directed by Lois Weaver
Venue: Contact. Tickets: http://contactmcr.com/whats-on/12873-split-britches-ruff/)
Sponsored by Science, Stroke, Art 2014.

Thursday 29 May – 5-7
Biopolitics Under the Skin: Relating Cancer Narratives – An Archive of the ‘Talking Dead’?
Public Lecture by Professor Mary Bryson (University of British Columbia) and Chase Joynt (Chicago)
Venue: John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester
Followed by wine reception at Kro.

The Sexuality Summer School is sponsored this year by the Faculty of Humanities; Cornerhouse; Contact; Manchester Pride; Screen; Science, Stroke, Art 2014; and SEXGEN. For more information about the Sexuality Summer School, including details of previous events, go to sexualitysummerschool.wordpress.com, email us and get on the mailing list at sexualitysummerschool@gmail.com, find Sexuality Summer Schoolon Facebook or tweet us @SSS_Manchester.




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