future NO future: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on the Future of Gender and Sexuality Studies


Hope and Hopelessness
September 18, 2010, 2:54 pm
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Future NO Future has come and gone. Two days jam-packed with intriguing papers and lively discussion. An inspiring and provoking keynote. New friends. Food and drink. Minds broadened.

Someone asked me: After all is said and done, is there a future or not?

Answer: Despite a thoughtfulness for the past. A skepticism towards existing ideas of futurity. A resounding yes, I’d say.

On a “final” note. I leave you with a friendly mix of hopeful and hopeless songs.

Dedicated to you, future dead feminists and queer theorists.

Hope and Hopelessness

I Love You (Me Either) Cat Power & Karen Elson
Just Like a Woman Calexico & Charlotte Gainsbourg
Toxic Girl Kings Of Convenience
Love Is Overtaking Me Arthur Russell
Future Primitive Papercuts
Quiet Dog Mos Def
We Dance Alone Beck
Feeling Without Touching Glass Candy
American Is Waiting Brian Eno & David Byrne
Corporeal Broadcast
Round and Round Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Fight This Generation Pavement
Femme Fatale (Stereo) The Velvet Underground & Nico
Nowhere Fast The Smiths
God Save the Queen The Sex Pistols



Conference Schedule!
September 7, 2010, 1:03 pm
Filed under: Conference

FUTURE / NO FUTURE

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on the Future of Gender and Sexuality Studies

September 16th & 17th, 2010

Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall

University of Pennsylvania, 249 S 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

THURSDAY 9/16

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Experimental Historiography

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Melissa Sanchez, UPenn, English

Chair: Sarah Nicolazzo, UPenn, Comparative Literature

Arminta Fox (Drew)

“Coming Up with the Women: A Re-Creative Writing of Mark 15:40-41”

Julie Beaulieu (University of Pittsburgh)

“Fielding’s The Female Husband and the Circulation of Queer Knowledge”

Courtney Rydel (UPenn)

“The Future Middle Ages: Please Touch the Transvestite Monk”

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Queering Technological Spaces

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Gordon Gray, Temple, Anthropology

Chair: Lisa Rand, UPenn, History and Sociology of Science

Alexander Cho (UT Austin)

“Queer Temporality, Sexy Machines, and the Closet: Public Anonymity and Self-Exposure on GuysWithiPhones.com and ChatRoulette.com”

Megan Skanse (CUNY Graduate Center)

“The real political potential of a queer approach to technology, to a queering of technology”

Solomon Traurig (Simmons College)

“Virtual Belonging: The Politics of Inclusion in an Imagined Transnational Transgender Male Community”

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunchtime Roundtable

Chair: Melanie Adley, UPenn, German

“Whose Time Is It?”:  The Future of a Gender Analytic in Women’s Studies

Dr. Michelle Rowley, Bettina Judd, Tiffany Lethabo King, and Ana Perez (all University of Maryland)

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Reevaluating Embodiment: Sex, Virginity, and Reproduction

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Kathy Brown, UPenn, History

Chair: Kamila Alexander, UPenn, Nursing

Elvira Pichardo-Delacour (UNM)

“Gendered Reproduction and the Embodied Capital Theory: Reproduction in Dominican Women in New York City and in Dominican Republic”

Tugce Ellialti (UPenn)

“The Social Construction of Women’s Sexual Morality: Narratives about Virginity Loss and Premarital Sex in Contemporary Turkey.”

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Theological Encounters

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Liliane Weissberg, UPenn, German

Chair: Kerry Wallach, UPenn, German

Kathryn Malczyk (UPenn)

“Nothing Like a Virgin: Reevaluating Mary, the Bride, and the Brides in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons on the Song of Songs

Scott Larson (George Washington University)

“The Stranger and the Lord: Queer Theological Encounters with Tim Dean’s ‘Ethics of Alterity’”

5:00 p.m. KEYNOTE

Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dr. LISA DUGGAN, NYU, Professor, American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

“Feeling Neoliberal: Utopia, Affect and the Future of Queer Politics”

7:00 p.m.

Reception for Conference Participants at the LGBT Center

FRIDAY 9/17

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Futures of Activism and Global Gay Rights

Faculty Respondent: Leonore Carpenter, J.D., Temple, Law

Chair: Tugce Ellialti, UPenn, Sociology

Erez Aloni (UPenn)

“Is a Post-Marriage America a Post Sexuality America?: Same-Sex Marriage and the Future of LGBTQ Activism”

Crystal Biruk (UPenn)

“The Time of Tolerance: Developing Malawi’s future(s)”

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Discursive Masculinities

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Anastasia Hudgins, Temple, Anthropology

Chair: Scott Poulson-Bryant, Harvard, History of American Civilization

Alfred L. Martin, Jr. (UT Austin)

“Representing the Gay Black Man on TV: How Masculinity, Blackness and Homo Sex are Represented on the Television Show Greek

Oyman Basaran (UMass Amherst)

“Militarized Medical Discourse on Homosexuality and Hegemonic Masculinity in Turkey”

Stephen Mann (University of South Carolina)

“Speaking Gay Without Sounding Gay: Future Directions in Research on Gay American English”

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH Q&A WITH LISA DUGGAN

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pop Politics

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Katherine Sender, UPenn, Communications

Chair: Greta LaFleur, Upenn, English

Jos Lavery (UPenn)

“There’s No Future in America’s Dreaming: Queer Theory and British Racism”

Jillian Hernandez (Rutgers)

“Race, Raunch, and Queer Pedagogies in Peaches and Yo Majesty”

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sexed Spaces, Gendered Geographies

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Simon Richter, UPenn, German

Chair: Adrian Khactu, UPenn English

Danielle J. Lindemann (Columbia University)

“Eroticism as Play: Role Enactment and Make-Believe in the Dominatrix’s Dungeon”

Natalie Williams (Drew University)

“Women’s Space: Safe Places and Gendered Geographies”

4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

The Masochist’s Cookbook: Futurity and Refusal

Faculty Respondent:  Dr. David Copenhafer, BHSEC, Literature

Chair: Kate Aid, UPenn, Comparative Literature

Carolyn J. Trench (UPenn)

“Masochism in Flight: Kara Walker’s Cut as Radical Unbecoming, or: What Happens When We Land?”

Jessica Hurley (UPenn)

““The only confidence I ever gave was given twice”: Repetition and Futurity in The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook

Sam McBean (University of London)

“Mourning the Future:  Woman on the Edge of Time and Feminist Futurity”



CfP Closed – Thanks for all the interest!!
April 9, 2010, 12:58 pm
Filed under: Conference, random

I am completely floored by the level of interest out there for our humble conference. We, of course, find it incredibly important and interesting stuff, and we are so happy that you think so too!

For those of you who have submitted abstracts, I ask for patience as we review them. High level of interest translates into lots and lots of excellent submissions which we want to give fair attention and consideration. By the end of the month you will be hearing back from us.

Please continue to spread the word though, as we’d love to see you and all your future / no future oriented friends participating in the audience this September.

And now a nod to Malcom McLaren, the man who put together the group inspiring our conference blog banner, who died yesterday….



REMINDER: Deadline approaches for conference abstracts: 3/31/10
March 22, 2010, 2:21 pm
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Future / NO Future

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on the Future of Gender and Sexuality Studies

16th and 17th of September 2010, University of Pennsylvania

Keynote Address: Lisa Duggan (New York University)

We are interested in the future of gender and sexuality studies as an interdisciplinary field. We envision this field as a generative methodology for the broad study of identity, subjectivity, kinship, and power. This fall, we would like to rethink the political, social and intellectual developments that are shaping the roles of gender and sexuality in academic work, as well as ask how the study of gender and sexuality deals with futurity.

Why futurity? There is an ongoing debate in queer theory which has concerned itself with the political and strategic potential of positive or negative affect, and pessimistic, optimistic, or utopian modes of imagining the future. We hope to encourage debate across a wide range of disciplines: How does futurity relate to the political commitments of academics? What are the pros and cons of envisioning a specific future? How do political pessimism, and the pleasures of cynicism, encounter the rhetoric of hope and change? Can passivity and hopelessness, or an optimism that is tailored in specific ways, be effective political strategies? What is attractive about these rallying cries—“The Future!” vs. “No Future!”—and what is meant by future in each case?

As graduate students working on gender and sexuality, we are interested in the future of this field. What do we, the future of this field, do? What methodologies and theories inform our work? Might the future of the field be a consolidation across the tracks of individual departments and methodologies? What are the limits or problems of interdisciplinarity? What discipline-specific lexicons are used to define gendered and sexualized selves, bodies, or structures, and whose future do they serve?

We invite submission of abstracts from the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Potential topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Gendered and racialized bodies
  • Gender dynamics of optimism and pessimism
  • Sexual subcultures
  • Spaces and geographies
  • Medical practice
  • Global gender
  • Transgender rights
  • Institutional structuring of Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Qualitative and quantitative modes of prediction
  • Futurity and history
  • Theology and optimism/pessimism
  • Family and kinship
  • Critical race studies
  • Feminisms
  • Queer theory
  • Affect studies
  • Performativity
  • Gender and sexuality as studied in ALL fields

Emails concerns and submit abstracts (ca 500 words) to futurenofuture2010@gmail.com

Submission deadline: 31 March 2010

Please visit http://futurenofuture.wordpress.com/ for (no)future updates



Word’s getting out…
February 11, 2010, 12:05 am
Filed under: random

WordPress has a lovely tracking feature, where we can see how many people are viewing the site per day. Also, if the site is visited via another site, the reference is listed. We’re getting some nationwide/international visitors. This is very exciting. It means that word is spreading about our conference.

So I’m curious – how did you find your way to this blog? How about leaving a comment that says where you heard about it.

Also, if there are any links you’d like added to this site (awesome resources for all things gender and sexuality, specific centers or departments) drop a line: futurenofuture2010@gmail.com

and keep checking back for updates, especially come spring (though right now there is nothing but winter here in Philly)…



Call For Papers!! Submission Deadline: 3/31/10
February 3, 2010, 8:01 pm
Filed under: Conference

Future / NO Future

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on the Future of Gender and Sexuality Studies

16th and 17th of September 2010, University of Pennsylvania

Keynote Address: Lisa Duggan (New York University)

We are interested in the future of gender and sexuality studies as an interdisciplinary field. We envision this field as a generative methodology for the broad study of identity, subjectivity, kinship, and power. This fall, we would like to rethink the political, social and intellectual developments that are shaping the roles of gender and sexuality in academic work, as well as ask how the study of gender and sexuality deals with futurity.

Why futurity? There is an ongoing debate in queer theory which has concerned itself with the political and strategic potential of positive or negative affect, and pessimistic, optimistic, or utopian modes of imagining the future. We hope to encourage debate across a wide range of disciplines: How does futurity relate to the political commitments of academics? What are the pros and cons of envisioning a specific future? How do political pessimism, and the pleasures of cynicism, encounter the rhetoric of hope and change? Can passivity and hopelessness, or an optimism that is tailored in specific ways, be effective political strategies? What is attractive about these rallying cries—“The Future!” vs. “No Future!”—and what is meant by future in each case?

As graduate students working on gender and sexuality, we are interested in the future of this field. What do we, the future of this field, do? What methodologies and theories inform our work? Might the future of the field be a consolidation across the tracks of individual departments and methodologies? What are the limits or problems of interdisciplinarity? What discipline-specific lexicons are used to define gendered and sexualized selves, bodies, or structures, and whose future do they serve?

We invite submission of abstracts from the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Potential topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Gendered and racialized bodies
  • Gender dynamics of optimism and pessimism
  • Sexual subcultures
  • Spaces and geographies
  • Medical practice
  • Global gender
  • Transgender rights
  • Institutional structuring of Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Qualitative and quantitative modes of prediction
  • Futurity and history
  • Theology and optimism/pessimism
  • Family and kinship
  • Critical race studies
  • Feminisms
  • Queer theory
  • Affect studies
  • Performativity
  • Gender and sexuality as studied in ALL fields

Emails concerns and submit abstracts (ca 500 words) to futurenofuture2010@gmail.com

Submission deadline: 31 March 2010

Please visit http://futurenofuture.wordpress.com/ for (no)future updates




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