1136 Lane Hall
204 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative
What is Sex For?
Speaker: David M. Halperin
W.H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 4:00 p.m. Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100)
Does sex have any erotic purpose? Does it advance the lover’s goal? Is sex what the lover really wants? The greatest philosophers of classical antiquity say no. According to one argument, it is not love which aims at sex or which seeks to express itself through sex. It is sex which aims at love. Professor Halperin examines this argument and connects it with forms of contemporary gay male eroticism.
Restoring "Jason": Reparative Gestures and Dark Fabulation in the Queer Archive
Speaker: Tavia Nyong'o
Associate Professor, Performance Studies
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 4:00 p.m. 2239 Lane Hall
This talk will broach ongoing debates in queer studies over the validity of reparative reading practices, through a discussion of the recent film restoration of Shirley Clarke's 1967 film "Portrait of Jason." Arguing neither for nor against reparation, the talk will look to the writings of Deleuze and Bergson on cinema, memory and duration in order to propose a queer ontology of the archive in which the recovered gesture is 'neither true nor false, yet fabulous.'
Tavia Nyong’o writes, researches and teaches critical black studies, queer studies, cultural theory, and cultural history. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009), won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies. Nyong’o has published articles on punk, disco, viral media, the African diaspora, film, and performance art. He is the co-editor of Social Text.