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SSS 2015, Thursday 21 May: Sarah Schulman, ‘Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair’

Sexuality Summer School 2015 Public Lecture

Writer and Filmmaker Sarah Schulman (CUNY)

‘Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair’

Thursday 21 May, 5pm – 7pm

John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester, Oxford Road

“It is not only that we may not choose with whom to cohabitate, but that we must actively preserve the unchosen character of inclusive and plural cohabitation; we not only live with those we never chose and to whom we may feel no social sense of belonging, but we are also obligated to preserve their lives and the plurality of which they form a part. In this sense, concrete political norms and ethical prescriptions emerge from the unchosen character of these modes of cohabitation.”
-Judith Butler, Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism

“Shunning is so often the go-to tool of people dealing with problems or conflict in queer communities, which only contributes to cycles of dehumanization and abuse. It’s the easy, simplistic response too often deployed for all manner of interpersonal and inter-community conflict.”
-Cooper Lee Bombardier – Facebook Post, January 2015

“I want people to be open to the little power that they do have.”
Lisa Henderson, personal conversation, 2015

The recommended reading for this public lecture is available here

Sarah Schulman is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York College of Staten Island (CSI) and a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. Sarah is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, AIDS historian, journalist, and active participant citizen. She is the co-founder of MIX: NY LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival, Co-Director ACT UP Oral History Project (www.actuporalhistory.org), and Faculty Advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine. Her 17 books include the novels The Cosmopolitans (forthcoming in 2016), The Mere Future (2010), and The Child (2007). Nonfiction includes Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair (forthcoming), Israel/Palestine and the Queer International (2012), The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination (2012), and plays include Carson McCullers (2003) and two musicals in progress, Shimmer with composer Anthony Davis, and IB Singer’s Enemies, A Love Story with Klezmer composer Alicia Svigals. Films include 3 projects with director Cheryl Dunye The Owls (2010), Mommy Is Coming (2012) and Unstuck (forthcoming), United In Anger: A History of ACT UP (co-produced with Jim Hubbard) and Jason and Shirley (forthcoming with director Stephen Winters.) Sarah is on the Advisory Board of Jewish Voice for Peace. Awards include Guggenheim (Playwrighting), Fulbright (Judaic Studies) and Kessler Prize for Sustained Contribution to LGBT Studies.

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