Frances Tran

undisciplined Asian Americanist | teacher | artist | nerd

May 2014 Events

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Teach Queer Conference

Teach Queer is an all-day conference that brings prominent scholars of queer theory- Heather Love, Gayatri Gopinath, and Siobhan Somerville- into conversation with students and faculty at Queens College to discuss the current states and stakes of LGBTQ studies, curriculum, pedagogies, practices, and activism. 

  • When: Thursday, May 1st; 9:30am-6:30pm
  • Where: Rosenthal Library, Queens College, CUNY (rm 230- auditorium)

“A Living Tomb”
Caleb Smith (Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University)

The seminar will revisit the origins of the U.S. penitentiary system and some early examples of prison literature, asking how the prison came to be imagined both as an instrument of disciplinary subject-formation and as a scene of dehumanizing abjection.

“Hands In/On the Archive: The Fugitive Touch of Archival Photography”
Tina Campt (Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Africana Studies Program, Barnard College)

The human hand is one of the most complexly sensate corporate receptors, as well as one of the most expressive loci of social communication. Hands are a source of both physical contact and affective connection. A gesture of the hand solicits attention, elicits responses, defines relationships, and initiates a cascade of interactions that register at multiple sensory levels. Yet hands have also served as equally powerful visual identifiers for criminal pathology. This paper explores a set of recently unearthed albums of convict photos compiled between 1893 and 1903 and housed at the Archives of the Western Cape in South Africa. It engages the haptic dimensions of this photographic archive both in terms of the sensate and material dimensions of the albums as archival objects, and probes the haptics staged in the images themselves as well as the fugitive practices this archive enacts. 

  • When: Friday, May 2nd; 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Where: Graduate Center, CUNY (rm 5409)

End-of-Year Party

An event to celebrate the end of the semester as well as an opportunity to establish connections with students and faculty who share overlapping interests in questions around social justice, minority difference, and diversity outreach. 

  • When: Thursday, May 8th; 4:00pm-6:30pm
  • Where: Graduate Center, CUNY (rm 6112)
  • Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Group, Africana Studies Certificate Program, and the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean

End-of-Semester Reflecting, Strategizing, and Celebrating Session

Please join us to discuss the ways we can better support future faculty of color within and beyond the Graduate Center. Feel free to attend one or both parts of the event. 

  • When: Monday, May 19th; 6:30pm-7:30pm (Reflections and Planning); 7:30pm-8:30pm (Food, Drink, and Conviviality)
  • Where: Graduate Center, CUNY (rm 5414)
  • RSVP to LBeckenstein@gc.cuny.edu
  • Sponsored by the Mentoring Future Faculty of Color Initiative
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Author: Frances T.

undisciplined Asian Americanist, teacher, artist, nerd

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