Tag Archives: class

Event: Lisa Henderson on queer film, love, and money

Love and Money:

A Reading by Lisa Henderson

When: Monday April 22, 2013. 5 pm

Where: Giovanni’s Room Bookstore (345 S. 12th Street, Center City)

NOTE: In this book, Henderson has a wonderful reading of By Hook or By Crook!

 

Love and Money argues that we can’t understand contemporary queer cultures without looking through the lens of social class. Resisting old divisions between culture and economy, identity and privilege, left and queer, recognition and redistribution, Love and Money offers supple approaches to capturing class experience and class form in and around queerness. Contrary to familiar dismissals, not every queer television or movie character is like Will Truman on Will and Grace–rich, white, healthy, professional, detached from politics, community, and sex. Through ethnographic encounters with readers and cultural producers and such texts as Boys Don’t Cry, Brokeback Mountain, By Hook or By Crook, and wedding announcements in the New York TimesLove and Money sees both queerness and class across a range of idioms and practices in everyday life. How, it asks, do readers of Dorothy Allison’s novels use her work to find a queer class voice? How do gender and race broker queer class fantasy? How do independent filmmakers cross back and forth between industry and queer sectors, changing both places as they go and challenging queer ideas about bad commerce and bad taste? With an eye to the nuances and harms of class difference in queerness and a wish to use culture to forge queer and class affinities, Love and Money returns class and its politics to the study of queer life.

Lisa Henderson is the author of Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production (NYU, $23 pb).

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Event: Dorothy Allison

DOROTHY ALLISON

The Dangerous Life: Being Mythic in America
Friday, March 29
4:30pm
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College


Hear Dorothy Allison speak in an event hosted by Gender & Sexuality Studies in collaboration with the Swarthmore College Queer and Trans Conference. Dorothy Allison is an award-winning author and longtime feminist and queer activist. She has won two Lambda Literary Awards, the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing, and the Ferro Grumley prize. Her newest novel, She Who, is forthcoming from Penguin Putnam. The talk will be followed by a reception.

Event: Social Justice Media Making with Aishah Shahidah Simmons & Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez

Social Justice Media Making:

A Conversation with Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez and Aishah Shahidah Simmons

When: Monday, April 1, 2013 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Where: Temple University, 812 Anderson Hall (Women’s Studies Lounge)

This event brings together two contemporary activist-artists whose multimedia and multifaceted work demonstrates the best that social justice media making can embody: Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez, a Queer Latin@, Columbian-American video artist with a long history of work in the community arts movement, and Aishah Shahidah Simmons, an award-winning African-American feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker, television and radio producer, published writer, international lecturer, and activist.

These two vibrant artist-activists will discuss the importance of media production for marginalized communities, examining how marginalized communities have and can mobilize media making tools in the service of social justice. Each speaker will also discuss their own media making practices as well as tactics for using media to fight violences of capitalism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, sexual assault, and the prison industrial complex.

Enríquez-Enríquez has made a number of award-winning multimedia video installations including Un/binding Desires, Escrito, Intimate Margins, and Reclaiming Spaces, and Simmons is the director of the award-winning film NO!: The Rape Documentary.