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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Queerness and Games Conference

Conference/Symposium | October 25 | 9 a.m.-10 p.m. |  South Hall


Lisa Nakamura; Brenda Laurel; Merritt Kopas; Naomi Clark

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


QGCon is an annual, one-of-a-kind event where game developers, scholars, and activists explore the intersection of LGBTQ issues and video games. Sessions are dynamic and creative. They include keynotes, panels, workshops, roundtables, micro talks, and presentations by professional and student game designers. QGCon is a safe space event; all members of the Berkeley community are welcome.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Archives, Bedrooms, and the Future of Yiddish

Lecture | October 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall


Zohar Weiman-Kelman, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

Center for the Study of Sexual Culture


This talk will present Zohar Weiman-Kelman's ongoing project of generating an erotic Yiddish archive. This archive, anchored in the potential of non-normative and non-reproductive sex(ualities), queerly celebrates Yiddish in the bedroom. Indeed, as Ann Cvetkovich writes, the bedroom is the space of the queer archive. Broadening the implications of identifying the archive with the bedroom, this...   More >

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On the Queering of Post-Black Art

Lecture | October 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, 340 Moffitt Library


Professor Derek Conrad Murray, History of Art and Visual Culture, UCSC

Townsend Center for the Humanities


Through a critical investigation of the controversial and polarizing notion of post-black, this lecture will explore the impact that sexual politics and queer identities have on our understanding of blackness as a set of visual, cultural, and intellectual concerns.


All Audiences

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings: Professor Juana María Rodríguez in conversation with Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom

Panel Discussion | October 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall


Professor Juana María Rodríguez, Gender & Women's Studies, UC Berkeley; Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom, Bay Area performance and video artist

Center for the Study of Sexual Culture


Please join the CSSC-sponsored Queer of Color Working Group for a conversation with Professor Juana María Rodríguez and Bay Area performance and video artist Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom on Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings, Professor Rodríguez’s new book (NYU Press, July 2014). Discussion will focus on Chapter 2, “Latina Sexual Fantasies, the Remix,” which features...   More >

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Lesbian History of the Sonnet

Lecture | November 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall


Lisa Moore, Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Center for the Study of Sexual Culture


A talk by Lisa Moore, Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

When Petrarch was inventing the sonnet form, he was reading Sappho’s love poems to Lesbia. Ranging from the fourteenth century to contemporary debates about the politics of formal poetry, this talk argues that representations of love between women are central to the sonnet form, and that...   More >

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Homosexual Mutants! Biases in the Neurobiological Study of Sexual Orientation

Colloquium | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | C108 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)


Erik Eckhert, MD/MS Student, UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program; Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, as respondent

Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, Center for Science Technology Medicine and Society


This work examines the space between biology and biological discourse by reflecting on the reemergence of antiquated sexological discourses in the contemporary basic science literature behind sex and sexual orientation, and attempts to disentangle the socio-scientific conditions that enable their persistence.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dirty Pictures and Item Girls - Emerging Forms of Female Sexuality in Contemporary Hindi Cinema: Talk by Ajay Gehlawat, Director of the Film Studies program at Sonoma State

Lecture | November 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)


Ajay Gehlawat, Associate Professor of Theatre and Film, Sonoma State University

Institute for South Asia Studies


Talk by Ajay Gehlawat