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

October 6, 2015 - 12:00pm-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.
Lunch will be provided. To RSVP please e-mail Sandy Voelcker at (voelcker@exchange.Princeton.EDU)

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

More information coming soon!

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).

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

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

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

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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.