New Sexualities Research Focus Group
Instituted in 2007 with seed monies from SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences Melvin Oliver, the New Sexualities Research Focus Group (RFG) aims to create a network of critical sexualities studies scholars at UCSB, provide opportunities for scholars at UCSB to network and collaborate with internationally renowned sexuality studies scholars, and highlight on a national scale the plethora of cutting-edge sexuality studies work happening at UCSB—aiming throughout to redefine the field of “sexuality studies” and produce new discourses, epistemologies and methodologies. The New Sexualities RFG brings together scholars who are analyzing the ways in which sexuality is understood and constructed discursively, geographically and culturally through neoliberalism, globalization, economics and labor, migration, artistic cultural production, and militarization. Through these analyses, we push the boundaries of the current field of “critical sexuality studies.”
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to join!
Paul Amar, Global Studies
(NS Principal Investigator)
Email: amar AT global.ucsb.edu
Mireille Miller-Young, Feminist Studies
(NS Principal Investigator)
Email: mmilleryoung AT femst.ucsb.edu
Jennifer Tyburczy, Feminist Studies
Email: jtyburczyfemst.ucsb.edu AT femst.ucsb.edu
New Sexualities Research Focus Group Events
2015 - 2016
talk: 40,000 Missing Girls: Sexual Panics, Prostitution, and Police Violence During the World Cup and the Olympics in Brazil
Gregory Mitchell (Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Williams College)
Monday, April 11, 2016 / 4:00 PM
McCune Room, 6020 HSSB
In the run-up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the Brazilian government engaged in a militarized campaign to clean up favelas, blighted areas, and red light districts so that it could “develop” them. This talk, based on ethnographic work in Rio de Janeiro, London, and Cape Town, argues that there is a pattern in host cities of such events in which neoliberal agents, state forces and NGOs use discourses of feminism and human rights – especially unfounded fears about sex trafficking and sports – to enact such changes regardless of the political economic conditions or systems of governance. Through these actions, these coalitions have created channels for the very exploitation they purport to prevent and increased sexual health vulnerabilities for at-risk populations. Mitchell is Assistant Professor at Williams College in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and affiliate faculty in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology.
Sponsored by the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG, the Dept. of Global Studies, the Hull Chair in Feminist Studies, the Dept. of Feminist Studies, the Dept. of Latin American and Iberian Studies, Dr. Paul Amar, Dr. Jennifer Tyburczy, and the IHC.
talk: Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work
Kimberly Kay Hoang (University of Chicago, Department of Sociology)
Monday, February 22, 2016 / 4:00 PM
MultiCultural Center Theater
Kimberly Kay Hoang is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (2015) published by the University of California Press. She is also the lead editor of Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Rethinking the Problem, Envisioning New Solutions (2014), a collection commissioned by Open Society, with Professor Rhacel Parreñas. Her award winning articles have appeared in Social Problems, Gender & Society, Contexts, The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Sexualities as well as in news articles for the BBC.
Dealing in Desire explores Vietnam’s sex industry as the country ascends the global and regional stage. Over the course of five years, Hoang, worked at four exclusive Saigon hostess bars catering to diverse clientele: wealthy local Vietnamese and Asian businessman, Viet Kieus (ethnic Vietnamese living abroad), Western businessmen, and Western budget-tourists. In this talk, Hoang takes an in-depth and often personal look at both sex workers and their clients to show how Vietnamese high finance and benevolent giving are connected to the intimate spheres of the informal economy. Hoang’s captivating ethnography illuminates Ho Chi Minh City’s sex industry as not just a microcosm of the global economy, but a critical space where dreams and deals are traded.
Sponsored by the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG, the Hull Chair of Feminist Studies, the Dept. of Global Studies, the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, the Dept. Film and Media Studies, The MultiCultural Center, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy, the Dept. of Asian American Studies, the Dept. of Sociology, the Women’s Center, the Alumni Association, and the IHC.
The 2015 Hull Lecture on Women and Social Justice: Inhumanist Biopolitics: Prehensive Gendering in Occupation
Jasbir K. Puar (Women’s & Gender Studies, Rutgers University)
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
This lecture theorizes oscillating relations between disciplinary, pre-emptive, and increasingly prehensive forms of power that shape human and non-human materialities in Palestine. Calculation, computing, informational technologies, surveillance, and militarization are all facets of prehensive control. Further, the saturation of spatial and temporal stratum in Palestine demonstrates the use of technologies of measure to manufacture a “remote control” occupation, one that produces a different version of Israeli “home invasions” through the maiming and stunting of population. If Gaza, for example, is indeed the world’s largest “open air prison” and an experimental lab for Israeli military apparatuses, infrastructural chaos, and metric manipulation, what kinds of fantasies (about power, about bodies, about resistance, about politics) are driving this project?
Jasbir K. Puar is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007), which won the 2007 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.
Sponsored by the Hull Chair of Women’s Studies, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Services, the Center for Black Studies Research, the Center for Middle East Studies, the Dept. of Feminist Studies, the Dept. of English, the Dept. of History, the Dept. of Sociology, the Dept. of Chicana/o Studies, the Dept. of Black Studies, the Dept. of Global Studies, the MultiCultural Center, Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity Center, and the IHC’s New Sexualities Research Focus Group.
2013 - 2014
talk: Imagining the State: Body Politics, Utopian Concepts, Gay Recognition And Conservative Christian Refusal
Davina Cooper (Law & Political Theory,University of Kent)
Tuesday, March 4 / 12:30 PM
South Hall 2635
If how the state is imagined shapes social and political action, the politics of state imagining provides an important site for progressive reflection. Arguing that those conceptual approaches which support critique are not necessarily the most useful frameworks when it comes to supporting change, this paper explores a poststructuralist conception of the state attuned to the place of conflict in constituting the state’s “flesh” and in shaping the state’s enactment within civil society.
To do this, the paper moves between its empirical ground – the refusal of conservative Christians to provide gay people with a public or commercial service – and feminist conceptual scholarship – particularly work in embodiment studies and on the intimate/ impersonal. Emphasizing the value of queer readings, in which conflicts are approached from oblique angles and read against their grain, the paper brings utopian studies methods into feminist state conceptualizing.
Davina Cooper is Professor of Law & Political Theory at the University of Kent (UK). Her academic work focuses on transformative projects and possibilities within the state and civil society, particularly in relation to sexuality, religion and minority social practices. She also focuses methodologically and politically on the constraints and promise of political concepts, particularly of the state, power and equality. She is the author of Everyday Utopias: The Conceptual Life of Promising Spaces (just published by Duke). Her earlier books include: Challenging Diversity, Governing Out of Order, Power in Struggle, and Sexing the City. Between 2004-2009, she was Director of the AHRC Research Centre for Law, Gender & Sexuality. She co-edits the Routledge interdisciplinary book series, Social Justice; has sat on research council and other national funding bodies, worked as a local magistrate, and from 1986-1990, served as an elected local politician on a radical London council.
Sponsored by the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG, the Hull Chair of Feminist Studies, and the Dept. of English.
talk: Black Bodies, Wrong Places: Spatial and Morality Politics of Rolezinho Racialized Youth “Invasions” and Police Repression in the Public Spaces of Today’s Brazil
Osmundo Pinho (Federal University, Reconcavo in Bahia, Brazil)
Monday, March 3 / 1:30 PM
On December 9 2013, in the State of São Paulo, the richest of the Brazilian states, six thousand young people attended an unauthorized funk party, like a rolling, mobile “flash mob” or “rolezinho” summoned through social networks. The presence of this mass of young people in a glamorous shopping mall area triggered moral panic, closing stores and summoning an aggressive police response on the grounds that there would be looting. A few days before November 30, in the capital of State of Espírito Santo, Vitoria, several military police battalion vehicles and members of the Special Operations Forces surrounded another mall, with the supposed mission of protecting retailers and consumers threatened by an alleged invasion of poor young people from favelas. The press has employed a racialized panic discourse, declaring that “rolezinho” season has been unleashed in Brazil by “vandals” and “thugs.” This presentation provides some interpretation of this phenomenon – based on ethnography among these movements and an analysis of moral panic in police discourse and corporate media – that galvanized public debate in Brazil for the last months and put on scene these new securitized/sexualized/gendered subjects: peripheralized young males.
Osmundo Pinho serves as Professor at the Federal University, Reconcavo in Bahia (Cachoeira), Brazil. Currently, he is in residence as Visiting Scholar at African and African Diaspora Studies Department at the University of Texas, Austin and Fellow of CAPES (the Brazilian Government’s “Fulbright” Equivalent).
Sponsored by the Global Studies MAGIS Program, the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, and the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG.
Melinda Chateauvert (New Orleans Free School)
Tuesday, February 11 / 4:00 PM
Multicultural Center Theater
Melinda Chateauvert examines the ways that women working in the sex industry—following activism in the African American and Gay liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s—have organized through an identity framework known as “Hookers’ Lib.” This talk charts the challenges sex worker activists have faced over time, from their efforts to ally with radical and mainstream feminists in the 1970s, to finding (some) acceptance among AIDS activists in the 1980s, to claiming their rights as workers in the 1990s through labor actions. Though the collective identity “sex workers” remains strong, the movement has in recent years shifted its emphasis to a human rights framework. The demand for human rights for sex workers recognizes that citizenship is not enough, because that paradigm tends to prioritize the civil rights and civil liberties of a privileged few, rather than to make more expansive claims for the human rights of all. Chateauvert critiques the dominance of citizenship discourses in recent anti-prostitution campaigns, which she argues are disguised as calls to abolish sex trafficking.
Chateauvert is an activist and historian located in Washington, DC and New Orleans. She has taught courses on Community Organizing, the Modern Black Freedom Movement, Sex Work, and Gender & Sexuality in African American Families for over twenty years, and will be teaching at the New Orleans Free School in the spring. She is a high school drop-out from Iowa who hitchhiked to San Francisco in 1976, back when folks still strolled Union Square, the Tenderloin, the Fillmore and Broadway. Years later, she earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Pennsylvania, by way of women’s studies degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and George Washington University. At present, she serves on the board of the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, and is a past board member of HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) in D.C. and an advisor for Women With A Vision in New Orleans. www.sexworkersunite.com
Sponsored by The Hull Chair of Feminist Studies, The Department of Feminist Studies, The IHC’s New Sexualities Research Focus Group, and the Multicultural Center.
Brown bag lunch talk: Intimate Internationalisms: Toward an Anti-Imperialist Erotics of Feminist Solidarity
Tamara Lea Spira (Women’s Studies, University of Oregon)
Thursday, January 23 / 1:00 PM
Feminist Studies Conference Room, 4631A South Hall
This talk theorizes the relationship between 1970s U.S. Third World queer and feminist movements and Latin American anti-imperialist revolutions of the late twentieth century. Dr. Spira examines the historically occluded relationships between Third World feminist and queers in Chile and the United States throughout the transition to neoliberalism. Dr. Spira’s archive includes June Jordan’s unpublished exchanges with her Chilean translator, the writings of Audre Lorde, and a 1973 Third World feminist poetry reading staged in San Francisco shortly after the Pinochet coup. She also consider previously “disappeared” chronicles of Angela Davis in Allende’s Chile.
Tamara Lea Spira is a scholar of and Critical Race Theory, Feminist Studies, Sexuality Studies, and Latin American Studies. She received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz in History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments. She was awarded a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis and is currently a Research Scholar at the Beatrice Bain Research Center at UC Berkeley, where she is coordinating the collective project “Archiving 1960s and 1970s Third World and Anti-Colonial Feminist and Queer Transnational Solidarities.” Dr. Spira teaches in Women’s and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon. Her writings have been published in journals such as Radical History Review, Identities, Feminist Theory (forthcoming), The International Journal of Feminist Politics, E-misférica, and NACLA Journal on the Americas, as well as several anthologies. Spira is currently revising her first book manuscript on transnational queer and feminist memories of 1970s revolutions and the amnesias of neoliberalism. She has also begun her second book project on Palestinian and Jewish memory and shifting racial forms of empire in post-dictatorial Chile and Argentina.
Sponsored by the Hull Chair of Feminist Studies and the IHC’s New Sexualities Research Focus Group
talk: Models, Idols, and Porn Stars: Selling and Consuming the Beautiful Man in Britain, 1950s-1970s
Paul R. Deslandes (History, University of Vermont)
Monday, October 28 / 12:00 PM
This talk examines physique pictorial magazines, magazines intended for a female teenage audience, and gay pornographic magazines in order to illustrate how celebrations of beautiful male faces and bodies functioned as important and ubiquitous sites of pleasure in post-war Britain. Men and women utilized images and textual descriptions of masculine facial and bodily attractiveness to articulate sexual desires and identities in the years after 1945. Through a close reading of a range of pictures and articles from several physique pictorials including Male Model Monthly, Man Alive, Boyfriend and Him Exclusive, this paper illustrates the connections between understandings of masculine physical attractiveness, post-World War II consumer cultures, and the formation of British social identities.
Paul R. Deslandes received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Oxbridge Men: British Masculinity and the Undergraduate Experience, 1850-1920 (Bloomington, 2005) and a number of articles and essays on the history of British education, masculinity, and male sexuality. Deslandes is currently writing a cultural history of male beauty in Britain from the 1840s to the present.
Sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Feminist Studies, the Center for Modern Literature, Materialism and Aesthetics, and the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG.
2012 - 2013
Conference: Feminist Porn Mini Con
Wednesday, May 8 / 12:00 PM-9:00 PM
UCSB Pollock Theater and UCen State Street Room
Celebrating the publication of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (The Feminist Press, 2013), a co-edited volume produced by three UC Santa Barbara professors—Constance Penley, Mireille Miller-Young, and Celine Parreñas Shimizu, and author/filmmaker Tristan Taormino, this event will showcase the new movement of feminist and queer pornography that is transforming today’s adult entertainment industry. Events include a book editor/author panel discussion, workshop and screening. Confirmed guests include Tristan Taormino, Jiz Lee, Dylan Ryan, Sinnamon Love, April Flores and Carlos Batts.
For conference schedule and registration: http://tiny.cc/fempornucsb
Conference is Free and open to all 18 years old or over.
Follow us and post about the conference on Twitter and Instagram! #fempornUCSB
Sponsored and Endorsed by:
The Interdisciplinary Humanities New Sexualities RFG, Asian American Studies, Film and Media Studies, Hull Chair of Feminist Studies, the Multicultural Center, the SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences, the Carsey-Wolf Center, KUFF, Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity, Womyn’s Commission, Queer Commission, SCORE, Take Back the Night, Human Rights Board, Health and Wellness, AS Office of the Student Advocate, AS Office of the President, PRIDE, End Fake Clinics, Vox, Mujer, and Black Quare, and Smart Ass Productions.
12-2pm The Feminist Porn Book Keynote Panel
What is feminist pornography? Why does it matter? The editors and authors of The Feminist Porn Book discuss the new movement of feminist pornography production. Speakers include Tristan Taormino, Jiz Lee, Dylan Ryan, Sinnamon Love, April Flores and Carlos Batts and UCSB professors Constance Penley, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Mireille Miller-Young.
3-5pm Sex Ed! Education and Activism Workshop
State Street Room, UCEN
Take part in an interactive dialogue facilitated by UCSB student orgs and sex industry professionals as they take on sex education and sexual activism. Topics to be discussed include visibility for sexual minorities, racial dynamics of the sex industry, sexual health and expression, sex work and performance, and sexual media production.
7-9pm The Feminist Porn Show with Tristan Taormino
Join us for a special evening showcasing feminist porn, a genre of adult film and a growing movement. Tristan Taormino will share a brief history and definition of feminist porn, then screen a special compilation curated by her, which includes clips from the work of feminist porn pioneers and newcomers including Candida Royalle, Annie Sprinkle, Nina Hartley, Petra Joy, Erika Lust, Shine Louise Houston, Madison Young, Courtney Trouble, and more. The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion, where we’ll explore some of the current issues surrounding feminist porn.
Jack Halberstam (English, University of Southern California)
April 25, 2013 / 2:00 PM
MultiCultural Center Theater
In a new book on “The Wild” Halberstam turns to anarchist thought to elaborate a queer politics for this particular moment of crisis and renewal. As many thinkers have proposed recently, a turn to anarchy makes sense at this time precisely because people’s faith in the state and in a politics of inclusion and assimilation is wearing thin, particularly in leftist circles; and, anti-hegemonic, anti-state and anti-assimilationist positions have been rendered thinkable by Occupy movements and other global expressions of radical dissent. Halberstam’s recent book, Gaga Feminism, in that it both calls for and describes an end to “the normal,” or that form of state power that manages people by disciplining them in relation to a fantasised norm, could be called anarchist. And Halberstam’s book on failure, in that it breaks with the all or nothing logics of success driven by capitalism, could be characterized as anarchist critique. In this new project, Halberstam seeks to make explicit the stakes of a queer investment in anarchy that both reaches back to punk movements from the 1970’s for inspiration but also seeks other traditions of anarchy globally. Throughout Halberstam will try to reference the shifts and changes in the concept of the human that accompanies political, theoretical and dynamic pursuits of wildness.
Sponsored by the IHC’s HumAnimalities RFG, the Comparative Literature Program, the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG, the Dept. of Feminist Studies, the Queer Commission, and Queer Student Union.
Web site: http://humanimalityrfg.wordpress.com/
Kim Q. Hall (Professor of Philosophy, Appalachian State University)
Monday, April 22 / 5:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
At its most fundamental level, food is, as Michael Pollan asserts in his book In Defense of Food, a relationship rather than a collection of nutrients. The food we eat locates us in particular relationships with plants, animals, soil, water, air, local and global economies, and the people who grow, harvest, package, transport, sell, and prepare our food. Food is about community. Environmentalist literature about food is replete with expressions of concern about security, risk, the future, and the unnatural. Typically, the argument is that we need to enhance food security, eliminate and guard against contamination, avoid unnatural foods, and adopt a food practice that is consistent with the realization of a stable food future. Certainly, we all have an interest in foods that nourish our bodies and sustain good relationships with communities, agricultural workers, soil, water, animals, and plants. Nonetheless, the environmentalist literature on food tends to problematical
ly rely on assumptions about nature, risk, security, and the future that have been critiqued in queer, feminist, and disability studies.
In this talk, Hall critiques the ableist and normalizing effects of a food politics of security and risk management and explores the possibility of a queer crip feminist politics of food, an alternative way of thinking about food that resists the discourse of food security and purity in an effort to conceptualize a food politics oriented toward justice, not security. She argues for a queer crip feminist politics of food that both maintains a critical relationship to the industrial food system and resists assumptions about nature, the future, security and risk that inform ultimately unsustainable attitudes about community, gender, race, disability, queerness, and food practices. In short, Hall provides us with a critical analysis of sustainability, analyzing the unsustainable ideologies to which discourses of sustainability are indebted.
Sponsored by the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG, the Department of Feminist Studies, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment/ Title IX Compliance, the Women’s Center, Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Human Rights Board, Womyn’s Commission, Queer Commission, End Fake Clinics, and the Environmental Affairs Board.
Wednesday, March 13 / 5:00 PM
Linguistics New Room
South Hall, 3605
The New Sexualities Research Focus Group, in coordination with Professor Mireille Miller-Young’s Feminist Studies graduate course on Queer of Color Critique, invites faculty and students to attend an open workshop on new directions in the field. In this interdisciplinary workshop students will give brief presentations about pre-circulated paper drafts on topics related to gender, sexuality, queer theory, and queer of color critique. Join us for a dynamic conversation about critical gender and sexuality studies theories and methods as they intersect with critical thinking about race, ethnicity, class, and color. Please email email@example.com for more information about this event and for access to workshop papers, available starting March 8.
Sponsored by the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG.
Xavier Livermon (Africana Studies, Wayne State University)
Tuesday, March 12 / 4:00 PM
4631A South Hall
In this talk, Xavier Livermon argues that liberation is as much a sociocultural construct as it is a political or economic one. Extending the South African queer scholar Mikki van Zyl’s analysis of the distinction between citizenship and belonging, Livermon examines the concept of freedom in postapartheid South Africa through the lens of black queer bodies. Through an analysis of “Cheaters”, a popular radio program broadcast in Soweto; the late kwaito star Lebo Mathosa; and ethnographic observation in the form of “quotidian conversations,” he illuminates the contested terrain of queer sexuality in contemporary South Africa, particularly its intersection with class and race. Exploring how black queer bodies test the limits of freedom and liberation, Livermon exposes both the possibilities and the contradictions of the postapartheid state.
Sponsored by the Center for Black Studies Research, Black Quare, the Hull Chair in Feminist Studies, the IHC’s African Studies RFG and the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG.
Brett Esaki (Liberal Arts, Brooks Institute)
Jason Hopkins (Sociology, UCSB)
Rolondo Longoria (Sociology, UCSB)
Mireille Miller-Young (Feminist Studies,UCSB)
Carly Thomsen (Feminist Studies, UCSB)
Monday, November 5 / 5:00 PM
McCune Room, 6020 HSSB
Sex and sexuality have been major hot button issues in recent elections and political discourse. From the scapegoating strategies in political advertising, to the representation of the sexual lifestyles of politicians themselves, and from the battle for Gay Civil Rights to the War on Women, sex and sexuality has played an important role in shaping the 2012 presidential election. Join the New Sexualities Research Focus Group for a workshop discussion on the politics of sex in the Obama-Romney contest.
Sponsored by the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG.
Talk: Bottomhood is Powerful
Nguyen Tan Hoang (English / Film Studies at Bryn Mawr College)
Friday, October 19 / 11:00 AM
UCSB Women’s Center Conference Room
Nguyen Tan Hoang is a video artist and academic whose work interrogates forms of desire in queer Asian male identities, Vietnamese diasporic cultural production, and trans-Asian cinemas. The talk examines the common sense view of Asian American men as social and sexual bottoms in the popular American imagination. Instead of arguing that Asian men are just as potent and macho as men of other races, Nguyen Tan Hoang advocates for an embrace of femininity and the bottom position, as a queer of color critique of white hetero- and homonormative masculinities. The talk will be supplemented by a short video screening.
Sponsored by the Dept. of Film and Media Studies, the Dept. of History of Art and Architecture, the Dept. of Art, the Dept. of Sociology, the Hull Chair of Feminist Studies, and the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG.
2011 - 2012
Symposia: Critical Sexualities Graduate Students
Wednesday, March 7 & 14, 2012
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
Organized by the New Sexualities Research Focus Group, these symposia highlights the work of graduate students in Dr. Mireille Miller-Young’s Global Sex Work and Economies of Desire seminar. Drawing from critical sexualities studies frameworks, UCSB graduate students will present their work on issues as diverse as sex work, sexual technologies, sex panics, and sexual performance. Collectively, these papers examine the most cutting contemporary issues around gender and sexuality and, by offering new theoretical frameworks, serve as critical disruptions to established ways of knowing. The goal of this symposium is to create a wider venue for discussion about sexuality research. Following each meeting of this two part symposia we will feature the work a keynote speaker whose work demonstrates exciting new approaches in the field of Critical Sexualities.
Mireille Miller-Young (Feminist Studies, UCSB)
Monday, Nov 21, 2011 / 12:00 PM
Crowell Reading Room (6028 HSSB)
This talk explores how discourses of sexualization–and particularly pornification or pornetration–obscure critical differences in the ways that “women’s” sexuality emerges in modern popular cultures and social relations. Women of color are uniquely situated in transforming economies of desire, identity, sociality, and labor within globalizing, neoliberal sexual culture. As historical signifiers of sexual degeneration and excess, women of color have long symbolized the costs of hypersexuality and the limits of feminist theorizing about gendered exploitation in media. Yet, these women are also actors in changing sexual regimes who mobilize illicit eroticism for their own needs and desires. Looking specifically at African American pornography performers, this talk provokes important questions about the capacity of current feminist frameworks to account for the work of racialized sexuality. Vulnerable to a range of constraints, stigmas, and abuses, African American women in pornography labor on the front lines of sexual commerce. At the same time, however, they activate important critiques of racial sexualization and assert novel mechanisms for revaluing their work, images and lives. This productive tension between exploitation and agency embedded in today’s new sexualities offers feminist critics and activists a tremendous opportunity to move beyond lasting divides.
Monday, Oct 24, 2011 / 12:00 PM
Feminist Studies Conference Room
Karl Bryan (Women’s Studies, State University of New York New Paltz)
This talk tracks the effects of discourses of gender fluidity as they are deployed by advocates to legitimate the identities and behaviors of gender nonconforming children.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Women and Social Justice and the New Sexualities Research Focus Group
Paul Amar (Global & International Studies, UCSB)
Monday, October 17 / 12:00 PM
IHC Research Seminar Room, 6056 HSSB
Kickstarting the 2011-12 year with the theme “Disruptions,” New Sexualities presents a workshop on masculinity studies in the Middle East. How do everyday theories of masculinity and discourses of “men in crisis” play a role in mis-recognizing and de-politicizing emergent social forces in the Middle East? How can a new lens for critical research offer a view into the “disruptions” occurring in the politics of gender in a time of revolution? During this generative brown bag lunch workshop we will read a pre-circulated paper by Professor Paul Amar (Global Studies). Please visit the New Sexualities RFG Page for a copy of the paper: http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/newsexualities/
2010 - 2011
brainstorming retreat: Toward a New Trajectory
March 8, 2011
Mosher Alumni House
On March 8, 2011 the New Sexualities RFG hosted a Sexuality Studies Brainstorming Session titled, “Rethinking the Funding and Form of Sexuality Studies.” This full-day event was held at the Mosher Alumni House. Paul Amar, Lisa Duggan, Macarena Gomez-Barris, J. Jack Halberstam, Mireille Miller-Young, Dean Spade and Carly Thomsen considered various issues relating to 21st-century sexuality studies research, including lobbying funding agencies and foundations to re-fund, re-think and re-invest in critical sexuality studies, transcending (but of course not ignoring) the military-access/heath-pathology/marriage-equality frameworks. Through this brainstorming session, we began to build a strategic battle plan for creating new buzzwords and agenda items for foundations, funders, international agencies, and research institutes, mapping productive and provocative nodes for collaboration.
panel presentation: Queer Perspectives on Marriage
Monday, March 7, 2011
Queer theorists Lisa Duggan, Macarena Gomez-Barris, J. Jack Halberstam, and Dean Spade presented queer critiques of same-sex marriage and the fight for “marriage equality.” Instead of attempting to merely transform existing, oppressive institutions, panelists insisted on the necessity of moving away from a “politics of respectability” and toward broader queer social and economic justice movements. They considered queer public art in Mexico and Argentina, grassroots queer organizations, queer of color activists, and sexually dissenting populations alongside militarization, mainstream lesbian and gay movements and the marketplace, presenting a queer and trans abolitionist perspective on marriage.
In addition to co-sponsoring the Queer Perspectives on Marriage panel, the New Sexualities RFG organized an event through which several graduate students who have been active with New Sexualities had the opportunity to engage with Duggan, Gomez-Barris, Halberstam and Spade in a more intimate manner. Graduate students presented and received feedback on our projects.
2009 - 2010
panel: Black Actors in Adult Film
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Mosher Alumni House
On May 25, 2010, New Sexualities and Conversations for Change paired up to present “Race and Desire: Black Actors in Adult Film” at the Mosher Alumni House. Panelists Vanessa Blue, Sinnamon Love, and Tyler Knight discussed the politics of race, gender, and sexuality in the pornography industry. Featuring three top Black actors, this panel explored questions of representation, identity, desire, work, and power. Does race construct the market for and production of Black Porn? What are the experiences of Black sex workers and how are their desires represented? How are Black people vital participants in the multi-billion dollar adult entertainment industry?
Graduate Student Symposium: Theorizing Economies of Desire: A Graduate Student Symposium on Sex Work
Monday, May 24, 2010
McCune conference Room, 6020 HSSB
Organized and moderated by Mireille Miller-Young, the conference featured two panels and the work of seven graduate students. Andrew Seeber, Claudia Yaghoobi Massihi, Elizabeth Rahilly, and Rolando Longoria II presented on a panel titled “Theorizing the Production and Repression of Sexual Labors, Markets, and Communities” and Carly Thomsen, Laurica Brown, and Amanda Phillips presented on a panel titled “Theorizing Space and Desire in Sex Work.”
Monday, April 12 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
The New Sexualities RFG is presenting a research colloquium with two panels discussing the active and conscious creation, adaptation, and manipulation of sexualities. The first panel will be focused on sexuality in politics and the second will be focused on cultures of sexuality.
Sponsored by the IHC’s New Sexualities RFG.
panel and workshop: Sexuality and Islam
Sunday, November 8, 2009
On November 8, 2009, New Sexualities hosted a transdisciplinary, international workshop and panel on Sexuality and Islam in Europe and the Middle East. Panelists Paul Amar (Global Studies, UCSB) Janet Afary (Religious Studies, UCSB), and Fatima El-Tayeb (African American Literature and Culture, UCSD) presented information related to Islam and sexuality from various historical periods and theoretical perspectives.