Trans*: Hystories, Bodies and the Unbuilding of Worlds
A lecture by Jack Halberstam (Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature).
Monday, November 5, 20182:30 PM - 3:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
While transgender has mostly been discussed in the last decade in terms of making bodies and selves, Jack Halberstam will discuss the work of unmaking that is performed by the appellation of trans*. With this shift in focus, the wrong body, an appellation used mostly for people who have felt themselves to be out of place, out of time, comes not to claim right but to dismantle the system that metes out rightness and wrongness. This talk will offer examples of protest performances drawn from the 1970’s to argue for anarchic trans* feminisms oriented towards unbuilding and unmaking worlds, and will therefore, re-contextualize the agency of restless, transitive, hysterical bodies of the present.
Jack Halberstam is Visiting Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections.
The talk will be followed by an open conversation with Jack Halberstam and moderated by Johanna Braun. This guest lecture is part of the UCLA event series #masshysteria. Hysteria, Politics, and Performance Strategies and generously sponsored by the UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies, UCLA Department of English, UCLA Department of Germanic Languages, UCLA Department of Theater, UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies, UCLA Center for Performance Studies, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, and the LGBTQ Studies Program.
For more information please visit www.performing-hysteria.com
Cost : Free and open to the public. RSVP required at above link.
Sponsor(s): Center for European and Russian Studies, English, Germanic Languages, French and Francophone Studies, Department of Theater, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, UCLA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, UCLA Center for Performance Studies