Monday, April 6, 2015

bringing Experience Set 3 together! after this week, Workshop 2!

So remember: we work in Experience Sets, and we are doing the final shaping of the third one this week and next!

What have we done so far, and how does it contextualize our work together now? Be sure to review last week's post for specifics about how to shape your projects for Workshop 2! Especially note: 

How do you identify tools in a talk? Sharing notes and discussing what you hadn't known with others, not just content, but ways of thinking! Think of it as a puzzle or game or journey or a sport or a piece of music you are just learning! ASK BIG QUESTIONS AS YOU LISTEN AND LATER AS YOU REVIEW YOUR NOTES AND DISCUSS WITH OTHERS! "Why is this central to work in LGBT studies? How does this open up ways to experience the world?"

Section 3 included this so far:

Tuesday 24 March – Exiles and Globalizations  
• Included 1/2 Lesbians & Exile issue of Sinister Wisdom & beginning on the Wekker book. The conference Wekker keynoted in Amsterdam here:
• think: surprises, assumptions, where your/our information comes from, connections among the readings and web work.

Tuesday 31 March – Afterglows? <ENSZER VISITS AGAIN>
• Finished up Lesbians & Exile issue of Sinister Wisdom & beginning on the Rodríguez book. Read Acknowledgments and Introduction, and the last part “Afterglow.” What can you say about the book having done this?

conflict and sharing: we ended up in class with many feelings and thoughts about trans inclusions in our class discussion and in both journals SW:  (find in hard copy in McKeldin too) & TSQ: (find in hard copy in McKeldin too) & find through Research Port on UMD Libs.

• Figuring out how to productively include these carefully in our work together is also part of Queer Kinships. These feelings, the affect of conflict, are a continual element of any sort of political community/ies.

In her previous work, Miranda Joseph has explored what she has called "the romance of community." (See TOC of that book here: )

Wednesday, April 1, 2015; 5pm at Marie Mount Hall 1400 
• MIRANDA JOSEPH, "Investing in the Cruel Entrepreneurial University"
• one of the three possible talks from which to glean (harvest) tools, ideas, "fruits for thinking" to use in your analysis for Workshop 2, coming up soon!

Tuesday 7 April – Knowing Otherwise  
• READ: as much of Rodríquez as you can! We will read "Afterglow" together in class!
• HANDOUTS: from Burgett & Mendler, eds. 2014 (2nd ed). Keywords for American Cultural Studies. NYU: Nyong’o on Subject (231); Joseph on Community (53); Rodríguez on Latino, Latina, Latin@ (36).

1) values writing exercise: what is this? see TAB: write values

2) CONTINUE WITH READING OF AFTERGLOW: go around room and read out loud. Think of it as a poem and just let the words flow, as with a freewrite, let your thoughts wander and connect and be semi-conscious.

3) SHARE HANDOUTS: Nyong’o on Subject; Joseph on Community; Rodríguez on Latino, Latina, Latin@ from Burgett & Mendler, eds. 2014 (2nd ed). Keywords for American Cultural Studies. NYU.
=read in groups and report back on what jumps out at you. May include questions about Workshop as well



Art work on conflict, affect, community, subject, identity: queer kinships 


Rodríquez is giving the Keynote for the Queer Studies Symposium Friday 17 April. She is is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also affiliated faculty with the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies; the Berkeley Center for New Media; the Center for Race and Gender; and the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures. She is one of the founding members of the Haas Institute's Center for a Fair and Inclusive Society's LGBTQ Citizen Cluster, and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty & Staff for the University of California. Rodríguez is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings (NYU 2014) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She is currently working on a third book project that considers the quandaries of representing racially gendered violence, pleasure, and trauma in visual culture.


• WORKSHOP #2: Queer Speculations & Lesbian Kin
This year’s LGBT lecture series invites you to join discussions about the speculation about queer bodies, objects, feelings, pasts, futures, utopias, dystopias, and transformations. You will explore class readings and LGBT lecture series presentations together carefully, chose which text to analyze with the tools from particular lectures and discussion, and •share in either poster or written analysis why it matters for lesbians in various communities. Our mind-bending questions are ones to explore at any developing moment in your understanding of lesbian and queer worlds. Good faith work to challenge your thinking and to share with and learn from others is the point here. Choose EITHER • a chapter of Rodríguez’ book, OR • an article you choose from either Transgender Studies Quarterly OR Sinister Wisdom at any point in their publication history. Whichever text you choose, you will explicitly discuss HOW YOU USE the tools, perspective, methods, lens, ideas you glean from the presentation or lecture of one of the two people presenting as part of the LGBT Series in March, before our workshop convenes. You will attend at least one of these events in order to note the concerns, themes, understandings, and approaches of EITHER Tavia Nyong’o (two possible events to go to) OR Miranda Joseph. (If for any reason you cannot attend one of these events, you will need to talk to Katie about the extra work required to substitute one of the author visits to our class.)

Tuesday 14 April
In the first part of class we will share our work poster session style: divide in two groups, and all move around talking to each other about work during the class time. After our break we will have a conversation about what we learned, noticed, thought about, and draw from class presentations. Make notes during the first part so you can run the discussion yourselves during the second part.

• Everything must be in final finished state on Tuesday to display, but you are allowed to revise one more time before turning things in electronically by Friday.
• Send to , name your files this way: yrlastname 494 paper2 or poster2. Please number pics if more than one. Use this subject header too: yrlastname 494 workshop2


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