The 27th Annual Gender and Women’s Studies Student Research Conference is coming up soon! The conference will be held on Thursday, April 7 in the Connelly Center. The general schedule for the conference is as follows:
1:00 PM – Welcome
1:10 PM – Session One: Panels – Connelly Meeting Rooms
2:20 PM – Session Two: Performance Showcase - Connelly Cinema
3:20 PM – Session Three: Panels - Connelly Meeting Rooms
4:30 PM – Keynote Address: Lauren Berlant – Connelly Cinema
The panels and keynote address are free and open to the public. Lauren Berlant’s keynote address is titled “On Being in Life without Wanting the World: Rankine, Isherwood, and Dissociative Life.” This talk is located in a shattered, formally inconsistent, yet intelligible zone defined by "being in life without wanting the world." Reading with Claudia Rankine (Don’t Let Me Be Lonely), the novel and film of A Single Man (Christopher Isherwood, 1964; Tom Ford, 2009), and Harryette Mullen (Sleeping with the Dictionary), it describes an aesthetics and a subjectivity shaped on one side by suicide and on the other by a life drive that is also, paradoxically, negative, in that it turns toward life by turning away from the world of injury, negation, and contingency that endures as a defining presence for biopolitically-defined subjects. It suggests attending to and developing a dissociative poetics.