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Saarland University (June 30 - July 01, 2011)

North American Literary and Cultural Studies (NamLitCult) at Saarland University is offering a two-day interdisciplinary workshop on gender and queer theories on June 30, 2011 and July 1, 2011. The Gender*Queer*Workshop is open to students working in the fields of literary and cultural studies as well as the social sciences, and it especially targets students working on their B.A., M.A., Staatsexamen and PhD theses.
In the mornings, we will have workshop sessions on “Identity, Politics and Ethics: Judith Butler and Queer Theory” led by Eveline Kilian (HU Berlin) and on “Queer Theory and The End of Everything: Race, Economies, Sexuality” led by Judith ‘Jack’ Halberstam (UCLA). In the afternoons, students will be able to present and discuss their projects. In the evenings, we will have a lecture by Judith Jack Halberstam as well as a screening of the documentary film “Travel Queeries.” Elliat Graney-Saucke (Berlin/Seattle), the director, will be present and will be happy to discuss the film with you. Afterwards, there will be a genderqueer performance by Sir La Muse.

Judith Jack Halberstam (Los Angeles)
Eveline Kilian (Berlin)
Elliat Graney-Saucke (Seattle/Berlin)


*Thursday, June 30, 2011
*Workshop: Eveline Kilian
"Identity, Politics and Ethics: Judith Butler and Queer Theory"
Judith Butler is certainly one of the key figures of Queer Theory. But there are striking differences between her and those scholars who focus their arguments on negativity and the anti-social. In this workshop we will explore Butler’s investment in Queer Theory, her positionings and repositionings over the past two decades, and her conceptualization of the nexus between queer, identity, politics and ethics as it has shaped itself in her more recent writings.

*Afternoon workshop:
Students’ project presentations

*Keynote lecture: Judith Jack Halberstam
"Low Theory: Transdisciplinarity and Queer Studies"
This talk uses “low theory,” (a term I am adapting from Stuart Hall’s work) and popular knowledge, to explore alternatives and to look for a way out of the usual traps and impasses of binary formulations; low theory tries to locate all the in between spaces that save us from being snared by the hooks of hegemony and speared by the seductions of consumption. But it also makes its peace with the possibility that alternatives dwell in the murky waters of a counter-intuitive, often impossibly dark and negative realm of critique and refusal. And so the talk darts back and forth between high and low culture, high and low theory, popular culture and esoteric knowledge, in order to push through the divisions between life and art, practice and theory, thinking and doing and into a more chaotic realm of knowing and unknowing.

*Friday, July 1, 2011
*Workshop: Judith Jack Halberstam
"Queer Theory and The End of Everything: Race, Economies, Sexuality"
This workshop will develop a queer theoretical conversation around questions of futurity, endings, beginnings, utopias and dystopias, temporality and spatiality. We will read new work in queer theory that addresses questions about political economy, race and sexuality, immigration and labor and that develops new critical tools for developing models of resistance. Readings will include work by: Dean Spade, Chandan Reddy, Fatima El Tayib, Rod Ferguson, Tavia Nyong'o, Kale Fajardo and Natasha Tinsley.

*Afternoon workshop:
Students’ project presentations

*Film and Performance: Elliat Graney-Saucke
"Travel Queeries"
Performance by Sir La Muse

Deadline for applications: April 15, 2011
Application procedure: This two-day workshop is open to students working on their B.A., M.A., Staatsexamen, or PhD theses. If you’d like to present a paper or the project you’re currently working on, please send a description of your project and intended presentation (max. 300 words) as well as a short CV to Please include a contact address. Project presentations should be no longer than 15-20 minutes. We will be carefully reviewing all the submitted abstracts and will notify you concerning acceptance of your paper by the end of April.
The key note lecture as well as the film screening and performance are open to the public. The conference language is English.

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Organized by Astrid M. Fellner and Jennifer Moos (NamLitCult, Saarland University).
We are grateful to the following institutions for their support: Büro der Gleichstellungsbeauftragten (Saarland University), LSVD Saarland, and Frauenbibliothek Saar.

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PersonName: Jennifer Moos 
Funktion: wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Universität des Saarlandes, Prof. Fellner 
Strasse/Postfach: FR 4.3 Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Anglophone Literaturen und Kulturen 
Postleitzahl: 66123 
Stadt: Saarbrücken 
Telefon: 06813022770 
Fax: 06813022710 
Klassifikation01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft
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