Upcoming Events
(Open to the Public)

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.

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

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.

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).

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

More information coming soon!