The Chinese LGBT Liberation Movement vs. the Current Political System: Contestation or Negotiation?
A talk by Cui Zi'en
Monday, May 22, 2006
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
243 Royce Hall
Cui Zi'en, the well-know writer and queer film auteur, will speak on the impact of the emerging LGBT movement on the cultural/political landscape of contemporary China. Cui's talk will combine his personal experience as one of the flagship figures of the movement with theoretical insights. The talk will center on: how the LGBT movement as a subversive force can reformulate the linguistic norms and color symbols monopolized by the government; how the LGBT movement disrupts the mainstream discourses of gender binaries and gender equality; how the "outness" of homosexuals might restore the positions of public and private that are lost in a undemocratic regime; and how the self-desconstrutiveness of queer culture pioneered an intellectual campaign against the dominant linear view of history and
Cui Zi'en is a director, film scholar, screenwriter, novelist and an outspoken queer activist based in Beijing. Frequently referred to as a "queerauteur," Cui is one of the most avant-garde DV makers in Chinese underground cinema and the director of Money Boys and the Old Testament. He is also the author of nine novels and six books of criticism. Cui is currently an associate professor at the Film Research Institute of the Beijing Film Academy.
Tel: 310 825-8683
Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies