Upcoming Events
(Open to the Public)

April 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:20pm
Sophia Rising: The Making of "Women's Wisdom" in American Thought, 1960s-80s
210 Dickinson Hall

Workshop with Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Co-sponsored with the Program in American Studies.

April 22, 2015 - 4:30pm
2015 Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture with Joan Scott
McCormick 101

"Fifty Years of Academic Feminism" with Joan Scott.  
Historian Joan Scott explores her long career in women's, gender, and sexuality studies in its historical context.
Joan Scott’s groundbreaking work has challenged the foundations of conventional historical practice, including the nature of historical evidence and historical experience and the role of narrative in the writing of history. Broadly, the object of her work is the question of difference in history: its uses, enunciations, implementations, justifications, and transformations in the construction of social and political life. Scott’s recent books have focused on the vexed relationship of the particularity of gender to the universalizing force of democratic politics. They include Gender and the Politics of History(1988), Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man (1996), Parité: Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism (2005), The Politics of the Veil (2007), and The Fantasy of Feminist History (2011).
Please join us for a reception in Prospect House immediately following the lecture.

April 23, 2015 (All day) to April 25, 2015 (All day)
Dog Sees God
Forbes Blackbox Theater

Set in a warped, hellish high school, DOG SEES GOD throws a familiar set of comic strip characters into a whirlwind of teen angst. What happens when identity crises, sexuality, bullying, day drinking, pyromaniacs, and platypuses collide? It all starts with the death of a certain beloved beagle and snowballs into a series of events that the gang never saw coming.

DOG SEES GOD – watch the peanuts crack

By Bert V. Royal
Directed by Steven Tran '15

Forbes Blackbox
April 23 at 8pm
April 24 at 8pm and 11pm
April 25 at 8pm
Tickets available soon at Frist box office.
$8 students, $10 general
Presented by the Grind Arts Company, a new theater production company devoted to bringing experimental, boundary-pushing theater to Princeton's campus.

April 29, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Orange is the New Black" by Piper Kerman with remarks by Jill Dolan
113 Dickinson Hall

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.
Our Program Director, Professor Jill Dolan, will attend this gathering to facilitate a discussion about the TV show of the same title, in conjunction with the book.
Jill Dolan is the Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theater at Princeton University, where she also directs the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of The Feminist Spectator as Critic (1989, reissued in a 2012 anniversary edition with a new introduction and extended bibliography), Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre (2005), Theatre & Sexuality (2010), and many other books and essays. She won the 2011 Outstanding Teach Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and a lifetime achievement award from the Women and Theatre Program (2011). Dolan is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and of the National Theatre Conference in the US. She writes The Feminist Spectator blog at www.TheFeministSpectator.com, for which she won the 2010-2011 George Jean Nathan Award for dramatic criticism. A book of her selected blog posts and new essays, The Feminist Spectator in Action: Feminist Criticism for Stage and Screen, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.
Lunch will be provided.

April 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
Take Back the Night
Location to be announced

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, SHARE is holding its annual Take Back the Night event. This year's theme is "It affects all of us," and focuses on intersectionality, and the ways that interpersonal violence is pxperienced in many different communities.
More information coming soon!

May 5, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Senior Thesis Presentations
113 Dickinson Hall

GSS Graduating Seniors will present their thesis research, followed by Q&A.
Lunch will be provided.
More information coming soon!

May 13, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Ghana Must Go" by Taiye Selasi
113 Dickinson Hall

Kwaku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside the home he shares in Ghana with his second wife. The news of Kwaku's death send a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story. Electric, exhilarating, beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go follows the Sais' journey, moving with great elegance through time and place to share the truths hidden and lies told; the crimes committed in the name of love.
Lunch will be provided.

June 1, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Class Day Reception
Prospect House Presidential Dining Room

Light refreshments will be served. Come and help us honor and celebrate our 2015 graduates.

October 20, 2015 - 4:30pm
Kate Bornstein Documentary and Talk
Location to be announced

More information coming soon!

October 24, 2015 (All day) to October 25, 2015 (All day)
Black/Queer Ontologies
Location and Time TBA

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).