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Professor Jack Halberstam will give the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship Lecture 2015

When Feb 10, 2015
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where The Main Lecture Theatre, Divinity School, St John's College, Cambridge, CB2 1TP - 17.30 pm
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Professor Jack Halberstam 


Professor Jack Halberstam (colour)

 

 

 

Professor Jack Halberstam, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Comparative Literature and Gender Studies, at the University of Southern California, is the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor for Lent 2015.

Professor Halberstam will give the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship Lecture at 1730 on Tuesday 10 February 2015 on the topic 'A New Kind of Wildness' - the Rite of Spring and Other Queer Journeys into the Wild.

The Lecture will be held in The Main Lecture Theatre, Divinity School, St John's College, Cambridge, CB2 1TP.

Abstract:

In a new book on "The Wild" I try to develop a new critical vocabulary to access different, transdisciplinary ways of thinking about race, sexuality, alternative political imaginaries and queer futurity. Building on the legacy of José Esteban Muñoz on the one hand and dialoguing with new and older work in queer studies, I try to repurpose the language of wildness in order to create a switchpoint between different discursive tracks which generally do not intersect. By using a discarded critical term like "the wild" or "wildness," I seek to activate an arena of thinking that has been cordoned off due its colonization and exhaustion within imperial languages  of civilization. However, words like the "wild" are packed not only with imperial debris but also with new signs of life, new shoots of thought that peek up out of the rubble, like weeds, showing that the ground we thought was lost, offers odd and suggestive harvests. This talk takes Stravinsky/Nijinsky's Rite of Spring as the starting point for a leap into the wild.