Jack Halberstam with Radhika Govindrajan, María Elena García, and Chadan Reddy
This should be spirited fun - even though how much more so if this was being done in-person. Eminent author and gender studies academic Jack Halberstam, who has spoken at Elliott Bay before, pays a virtual visit this way, here to be joined by a panel of three lively University of Washington professors, themselves authors of note. Radhika Govindrajan (Animal Intimacies), María Elena García (Gastropolitics and the Specter of Race: Stories of Capital, Culture, and Coloniality in Peru - out this month!), and Chandan Reddy (Freedom with Violence: Race, Sexuality, and the US State) will be on hand in an online way to help Jack Halberstam present Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire (Duke University Press).
“How does one learn about wildness? Coming from a longtime scholar of sexuality, the animal, desire, and anarchy, Jack Halberstam's Wild Things fosters a generous archive, favoring bewilderment over a ritual turn back to order and knowing. Following this book constitutes a kind of epistemological travel and culminates in a habit of sensation, a disorderly campaign, and a queer method that will stay with you.” — Mel Y. Chen.
“Where can the wild take you? With Jack Halberstam as guide, to places fabulous, cruel, soaring, undead, hilarious, dark, seductive, promising, nonprovidential. Wild Things is a brilliant phenomenology of the (more than) human condition of bewilderment. Its critique of invocations of wildness tethered to colonial, racist fantasies also marks how the figure can contribute to forms of desire bent toward the feral, the incipient, the otherwise. Wild Things is an awesome trip.” — Jane Bennett.
Jack Halberstam, who is Professor of English and Gender Studies at Columbia University, is also the author of The Queer Art of Failure, Female Masculinity, and Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability, Gaga Feminism, and much more.
We’d also like to note that, immediately following this program, you are also invited to join the Imaginary Trans Futures Crossdisciplinary Research Cluster and the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics Cultural Change seminar for a talk and conversation with Dr. Cameron Awkward-Rich on Thursday, March 4, 2021, 6-7:30p PST. Cameron Awkward-Rich is a poet and scholar of transgender theory/cultural production. He is the author of two collections of poetry: Sympathetic Little Monster' (2016) and 'Dispatch' (2019). The event is also free and open to the public. Click here for more information and registration.