Upcoming Events
(Open to the Public)

July 6, 2015 (All day)-September 10, 2015 (All day)
Art Exhibition
113 Dickinson Hall

Laurent Ouzilou's work is on display at the Gallery at the Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies, 113 Dickinson Hall, from July 6th through September 10th. Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

September 14, 2015 (All day)
"Ferguson is the Future" Incubating Alternative Worlds Through Arts, Activism, and Scholarship
Chancellor Green Rotunda

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns." - Octavia E. Butler
Registration is required: https://blacktothefuture.princeton.edu
For more information contact Prof. Ruha Benjamin at ruha@princeton.edu.
Cosponsored by Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network, Princeton Lewis Center for the Arts, David A. Gardner '69 Magic Fund, Princeton Council for the Humanities, Princeton Public Library, Princeton Department of English, Princeton Department of African American Studies.

September 14, 2015 - 10:00am-2:00pm
Academic Expo
Frick Chemistry Lab

The Academic Expo brings together the many outstanding departments and programs that Princeton has to offer and will encourage freshmen to explore courses and consider various academic options.
Sponsored by Undergraduate Student Government and
Office of the Dean of the College.

September 24, 2015 - 2:30pm-September 25, 2015 - 6:00pm
Right to Philosophy 2015 Conference-Worshop
Location to be announced

Right to Philosophy 2015 Conference-Workshop (organized with the cooperation of the London Graduate School), featuring Emily Apter, Ben Baer, Étienne Balibar, Eduardo Cadava, Katie Chenoweth, Rebecca Comay, Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Russ Leo, Martin McQuillan, Diogo Sardinha, Bernard Stiegler, Joseph Vogl, and Simon Morgan Wortham. September 24th, 2:30pm-6:00pm; September 25th, 10:00am to 6:00pm. Location tba. Right to Philosophy 2015 is a one and a half day conference-workshop departing from Jacques Derrida's Du droit à la philosophie (English: Who's Afraid of Philosophy? and The Eyes of the University) to address the contemporary university and related issues (institutions and counter-institutions, the fate of critique, the status of the humanities, etc.); in keeping with the conference-workshop format, attendees are strongly encouraged to prepare in advance, participate in the discussions, and to attend as much of the event as possible.
For more information about the conference visit https://complit.princeton.edu/events/right-philosophy-2015-conference-workshop
Sponsored by The Department of Comparative Literature, The Department of English, The Department of Frence and Italian, The Department of German, The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program In the Humanities (IHUM), The London Graduate School, The Program In Media + Modernity, The University Center for Human Values, The University Council of the Humanities.

September 29, 2015 - 7:00pm-9:00pm
Spoken Word Performance with J. Mase III
Carl A. Fields Center, Multipurpose Room

J. Mase III is an incredible Black/Trans/Queer poet and we’ll be bringing him to perform his poetry show for students. His work centers around race, gender, and sexuality.
Sponsored by the LGBT Center and Women*s Center and Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies.

September 30, 2015 - 12:00pm-2:00pm
The Solidarity Framework: A Workshop with J. Mase III
Women’s Center Conference Room

J. Mase III is an incredible Black/Trans/Queer poet and we’ll be bringing a workshop for students. His work centers around race, gender, and sexuality. The workshop will be about reflecting on the idea of solidarity for marginalized communities.
Sponsored by the LGBT Center and Women*s Center and Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies.

October 6, 2015 - 12:00pm-1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth Century U.S. Popular Performance" by Brian Herrera
Location to be annouced

Latin Numbers is a work of performance history, examining the way in which Latino actors on the twentieth-century stage and screen communicated and influenced American ideas about race and ethnicity. Brian Eugenio Herrera looks at how these performances and performers contributed to American popular understanding of Latinos as a distinct racial and ethnic group. His book tracks the conspicuously “Latin” musical number; the casting of Latino actors; the history of West Side Story; how Latina/o performers confront stereotypes; and the proliferation of the gay Latino character in the AIDS era.
Lunch will be provided. To RSVP please e-mail Sandy Voelcker at (voelcker@exchange.Princeton.EDU)

October 6, 2015 - 4:30pm-6:00pm
Helen Horowitz
Marx Hall 101

Helen Horowitz
Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor of History, Smith College
"The Case of Mary Garrett: Thinking about Mental Distress and Gender in Nineteenth-Century America”
Cosponsored by Program in American Studies and History of Science Program.

October 14, 2015 - 7:00pm-9:00pm
Happy Birthday, Marsha! with Film Directors/ Writers Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel
Friend Center Room 004

Happy Birthday, Marsha! is a film about legendary transgender artist and activist, Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson and her life in the hours before the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Join us for a discussion and preview of the film with the writers and directors, Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel.
Sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, LGBT Center, and Women*s Center.

October 19, 2015 - 4:30pm-6:00pm
Transgender History: How Does One Write Transgender Actors into Historical Narratives? - Susan Stryker
Location to be annouced

The transgender community has gained a great deal of visibility lately.  But where did it come from, and where is it going? How should we talk about transgender identities and experiences in the past?  Dr. Susan Stryker of the University of Arizona, a leading authority on the topic, will address these questions and more in a talk on transgender history.  A period for questions will follow the talk.

October 20, 2015 - 4:30pm
Kate Bornstein and Sam Feder with Film Screening of "Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger"
McCormick Hall 101

Film Screening: Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger
with Kate Bornstein and Director, Sam Feder

For decades, performance artist and writer, Kate Bornstein, has been exploding binaries and deconstructing gender—and her own identity. Kate Bornstein Is a Queer & Pleasant Danger joins her on her latest tour, capturing rollicking public performances and painful personal revelations as it bears witness to Kate as a trailblazing artist-theorist-activist who inhabits a space between male and female with wit, style and astonishing candor.

Co-sponsored by the LGBT Center and the Women*s Center.


October 22, 2015 - 7:00pm-9:00pm
Talk with Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD
Betts Auditorium (Architecture Building)

Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and CEO of GLAAD, will speak to the Princeton community about the organization’s role the LGBT movement as a communications epicenter, helping to bring LGBT characters and plotlines to movie theaters, television sets and even comic books -- working with writers, producers and studios to ensure accurate and diverse representations of LGBT people on the big and small screens.
Sponsored by the LGBT Center and Women*s Center and Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

October 23, 2015 (All day)-October 24, 2015 (All day)
Constructions: History and Narrativity, Past, Present, & Future
Location to be announced

Call for Papers: "Constructions: History and Narrativity, Past, Present, & Future”
Princeton University, October 23-24, 2015
The Departments of Comparative Literature and English at Princeton invite papers for our second annual joint graduate student and faculty conference to be held at Princeton University, taking place on October 23-24, 2015. Our keynote speaker is Rei Terada, Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine and the author of Looking Away: Phenomenality and Dissatisfaction, Kant to Adorno and Feeling in Theory: Emotion after the "Death of the Subject."
This year's conference centers on literary and theoretical notions of history and experience and their intersections with temporality and narrative structure. We are particularly interested in the ways in which history and narrativity have been constructed in conjunction with one another, and we seek to explore their tropes, hegemonic codes, fissures and blind spots; their relation to and representation of time; as well as their role in identity and nation construction. Drawing on Rei Terada’s discussion of the given, the conference aims to address mechanisms by which perceptions and history are produced and embedded in (normative) regimes of signification. How is experience/time historicized and narrativized? What are the epistemological, aesthetic and ethical underpinnings of this process? What meta-narratives does literary canonization generate, and can they be post-ideological? What ways of “looking away,” (i.e. what alternatives to normativity) are available within the contemporary literary and historical discourses?
You can find information about the conference at http://complit.princeton.edu/conference/
Possible topics and areas of interest include:

  • History as narrative construct
  • Non-linear conceptions of history
  • Models of literary history/canonicity
  • Nationalism & canonicity/canon formation as meta-narrative
  • Subject and identity/gender construction
  • Philosophies of time
  • Historical futures & utopian fictions
  • Trauma studies
  • History & memory
  • Cultural memory & the question of the archive
  • Genealogy & archaeology

Keywords and phrases: History, Historicity, Narrativity, Meta-narrativity, Experience, Futurity, Temporality, Canonicity
Format and Participants: The conference will include mixed faculty and graduate student panels, a roundtable discussion and a keynote address by Professor Rei Terada. We will be joined by Professors Karen Feldman (Berkeley), Hannan Hever (Yale) and John Whittier-Ferguson (U Michigan), as well as by faculty from Princeton, including Michael Jennings, Sandra Bermann, Claudia Brodsky, Peter Brooks, Eileen Reeves, Lital Levy, and others.
Please e-mail your 250-300 word abstract accompanied by a 50-word bio and any questions regarding the conference to sheera@exchange.Princeton.EDU . Abstracts must be received by August 15, 2015 and should include the participant's name, institutional affiliation, and preferred email.

October 24, 2015 (All day)-October 25, 2015 (All day)
Black/Queer Ontologies
Lewis Library 120

Princeton University’s Black Queer Sexuality Studies Collective is proud to announce its 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference…
Keynote Speaker: Professor Saidiya V. Hartman
Critical discussions about the ontology of blackness are reshaping the field of Black Studies. Varied debates interrogate the implications blackness has for the category of the human. They ask: How does blackness inflect, inform, and inaugurate hierarchicalized modes of being? Such a question pushes us to not only reflect on the category of the human and its usefulness for black critical inquiry, but also, betrays the fragility at the heart of the “humanist” project, especially when it uncritically takes up the human as its object of study. What these critical departures offer, then, is an understanding of how race, but especially and particularly blackness, distorts the field of the socio-political category of the human. 
The most prominent and visible of these debates has emerged between scholars broadly termed, “Afro-pessimists” and those begrudgingly labeled “Afro-optimists.” While so-named proponents often shirk their respective camps, the difference represented by these heuristic groupings generally hinges on the degree to which the character of the link between blackness and the human determines black people, black culture, black being and black life.
This conference seeks papers that take up these recent interventions in black studies within the domain of queer scholarship. We invite papers from disciplines as varied as English, History, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Politics, Sociology, Black Studies, Queer Studies and others. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

  • How do theories of queerness inflect conversations/debates about blackness?
  • How can ontological discussions of black life account for its historically particular manifestation and organization?
  • How is the relationship between blackness and the human articulated through particular regimes of domination (intellectual, economic, social, or cultural)?
  • Is slavery ground-zero for thinking about categories of the human and their inflection through blackness?
  • What is the orientation of blackness?
  • What significance does sexuality have for those subject/object to “social death”?

Professor Saidiya V. Hartman is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth Century America (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007).
Please submit your abstracts (350 words) and CV to bqsgraduateconference@gmail.com by August 31, 2015. All other inquiries should be directed to Brittney Edmonds (bedmonds@princeton.edu) or to Ezelle Sanford (ezelles@princeton.edu).

November 18, 2015 - 4:30pm-6:00pm
FFR Fall Lecture: Latinx & LGBTQA -- Exploring at the Intersections
Carl A. Fields Center Multipurpose Room

This panel discussion featuring renowned activists and academics exploring the identities and experiences of people who identify as both Latinx and part of the LGBTQA community. The panel will be facilitated by Princeton University Assistant Professor of Theater and author of LATIN NUMBERS: Playing Latino in 20th Century U.S. Popular Performance, Dr. Brian Eugenio Herrera.
Sponsored by the LGBT Center and Women*s Center.

December 5, 2015 - 5:00pm-8:00pm
Film Screening: Treasure: From Tragedy to TransJustice; Mapping a Detroit Story
The Garden Theatre

Treasure is a documentary that tells the story of Shelley "Treasure" Hilliard, a 19-year-old transgender woman of color from Detroit whose brutal murder was not tried as a hate crime. Following the film, there will be a discussion led by the director, dream hampton.

Sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, LGBT Center, Women*s Center, and Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies.

February 17, 2016 - 4:30pm-6:00pm
Bernadette Brooten Lecture
Location to be announced

More information coming soon!

March 7, 2016 - 4:30pm-6:00pm
Historical Activism and Obergefell v. Hodges
Dickinson Hall 211

Historical scholarship was very influential in Obergefell v. Hodges, et al., by which the Supreme Court extended equal marriage rights to same-sex couples in the United States. The Modern America Workshop will host historians Nancy Cott (Harvard) and Hendrik Hartog, both of whom were involved in drafting the amicus brief submitted by historians of marriage and the American Historical Association. We encourage those who wish to attend to familiarize themselves with the brief, as well as the blog entries authored by Hartog and Cott. Both historians have written extensively on marriage. See Cott, Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation (Cambridge: HUP, 2002) and Hartog, Man and Wife in America: A History (Cambridge: HUP, 2002).
Hosted by the Modern America Workshop and sponsored by the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Program in American Studies, and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

March 25, 2016 (All day)-March 26, 2016 (All day)
Life & Law in Rural America: Cows, Cars, and Criminals Conference
To be announced

Rural America has become an increasingly productive space for critical inquiry and exploration for scholars in many disciplines. From school reform to policing, from healthcare to popular television shows, and everything in between, the rural United States is continually being explored from new vantage points. Current research suggests that rural communities share many of the same kinds of challenges in education, policing, poverty, and healthcare found in urban and suburban communities, disrupting long-standing assumptions about rural America. At the same time, academics and non-academics alike recognize that rural spaces and experiences are distinct.
This conference, sponsored by the Program in American Studies at Princeton University, will explore rural spaces, people, and the law throughout American history and the present. With this conference, we seek to bring together an interdisciplinary group of graduate student researchers and faculty respondents to ask interdisciplinary questions of the social, cultural, legal, religious, and intellectual experiences of rural life. What is “rural”, and how does law constitute a distinctly rural experience for those who live there? How do law, lived experience, and geography interact in distinct ways in rural places?
Alongside keynote speakers Angela Garcia and Lisa Pruitt, we expect participants may explore more specific questions such as, how has rural America changed over time and developed into what we know as rural today? How is policing understood socially by rural residents? What does employment mean when opportunities are dramatically limited because of geography? What is the place of religious commitment in the rural U.S.? In what ways are rural spaces “urban”? How is civic engagement—such as protests and boycotts—changed when anonymity is not possible?
We invite graduate students working in the fields of American Studies, Anthropology, History, Law, English, Political Science, Musicology, Geography, Sociology, Art History, and related fields to submit papers on topics including but not limited to law and:
• Policing in rural communities
• Economic opportunity
• Religious commitment
• Regional rural identity
• Gender in rural spaces
• Race in rural America—both within, and outside of, the South
• Class and poverty in rural places • Local government law and rural politics
• Federal policies impacting rural America
• Farming and farm laborers
• Hinterlands & Rural-Urban Relationships
• Activism & Civic Engagement
• Cultural stereotypes of rural America
• Environmental studies
• Rural research methods
• Socio-legal studies
Please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words, a short biographical description, and your contact information by November 15, 2015. Proposals and questions should be sent to conference organizers Heath Pearson and Emily Prifogle at PrincetonAMSConference2016@gmail.com.
Sponsored by Program in American Studies, The Graduate School-Office of the Dean, University Center for Human Values, Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Center for Collaborative History, and Department of Anthropology. More information can be found at PrincetonAMSConference2016.wordpress.com.

March 25, 2016 (All day)-March 26, 2016 (All day)
Reproductive Risk
Dickinson Hall

More information coming soon!

April 1, 2016 (All day)-April 2, 2016 (All day)
Gendered Violence: Old Problems and New Challenges
Location to be announced

More information coming soon!

May 30, 2016 - 2:00pm-3:00pm
Class Day
Prospect House Presidential Dining Room

Light refreshments will be served. Come and help us honor and celebrate our 2016 graduates.