Photos and closing remarks from the Summer Institute for Sexuality Studies

 

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Introducing Dr Aparna Mishra Tarc

The Summer Institute for Sexuality Studies was a project three years in the making, spearheaded by myself and another graduate student at York University. We came to the idea after attending a summer institute in Europe, and wanting to bring something similar that focused on interdiciplianry, intersectional conversations around a single scholarly topic. “Perversion” was our primary query, and we chose three locations that were not often in conversation as our lense: critical race theory, psychoanalysis, and queer theory.  Our invited lecturers – David Eng, Trish Salah, Amber Jamilla Musser, and Aparna Mishra Tarc –  gave incredible talks and master classes. The students selected for the institute were very engaged and their scholarship was compelling. Many connections were made, many new ideas inspired. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this a success, espcially Daria Davydova, Alison Crosby, Allyson Mitchell, Ena Dua, and Julia Pyryeskina.

 

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SISS Lecture, “Race as Relation” with Dr. David L. Eng

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The Centre for Feminist Research at York University presents:
Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies (SISS) 2017 
Perversion at the Crossroads of Critical Race Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Queer Theory
 
Race as Relation
Public Lecture by Dr. David L. Eng
Introduced by Dr. David Murray
Thursday, June 8th
10am-11.30am
519 Kaneff, York University
Race is not a “thing” as it is commonly understood—an unchanging biological trait, a bodily attribute, a difference of blood quantum or color, a static identity. Rather, race is a relation—a continuous, modulating relationship among subjects mediating processes of social inclusion and exclusion.
This talk investigates “race as relation” in law and psychoanalysis. It begins with the idea of race as it emerged from the Transatlantic slave trade and the objectification of the slave as property. How did property, as a relationship and a set of rights and privileges, shape histories of racial inclusion and exclusion in U.S. law and society? In turn, how do psychoanalytic theories on subject-object relations rework fundamental assumptions about race and property? Finally, how do histories of race challenge ideas of the universal subject in psychoanalysis?
Dr. David L. Eng is Richard L. Fisher Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Eng is author of The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy (Duke, 2010) and Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (Duke, 2001). His forthcoming book Reparations and the Human investigates the relationship between political and psychic genealogies of reparation in Cold War Asia.
Interested in attending? 
This lecture is free, but please RSVP to confirm your attendance via EventBrite ( https://www.eventbrite.ca/myevent?eid=33894893539 )
For more information, please visit siss.info.yorku.ca
For the full list of SISS events open to the public, please visit siss.info.yorku.ca/public-events/ (or see the attached poster)
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With support from a SSHRC Connection Grant and York University: Office of the Vice President Academic & Provost; Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation; the Faculty of Education; the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies; the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Glendon Gender and Women’s Studies Program; the Sexuality Studies Program; Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School; Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought; Department of Anthropology; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Social Science; and the Centre for Feminist Research.
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SISS Lecture, “Carrie Mae Weems and the Question of Brown Jouissance” with Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser

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The Centre for Feminist Research at York University presents:
Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies (SISS) 2017 
Perversion at the Crossroads of Critical Race Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Queer Theory
 
Carrie Mae Weems and the Question of Brown Jouissance
Public Lecture by Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser
Introduced by Dr. Sheila Cavanagh
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
12.30-2.00pm
519 Kaneff, York University
Carrie Mae Weems’ 1995-1996 installation “From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried” provides an opportunity to meditate on the discourses of woundedness that permeate much thinking on race, affect, and masochism while also allowing us to theorize brown jouissance. Following Lacan, Dr. Musser takes jouissance to be the experience of being a body, “‘something’ lived by a body when pleasure stops being pleasure”. This lecture dwells on jouissance in order to retain the ambivalence of emotion that is provoked by Weems’ invocation of tears. Brown jouissance offers to consider this opacity as strategic, masochistic, and deeply connected to the flesh, and enables a rethinking of the relationship between psychoanalysis, femininity, and race.
Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include critical race theory, queer theory, and sexuality studies. Her monograph Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism was recently published by NYU Press, and she is currently at work on another project tentatively titled “Brown Jouissance: Feminine Imaginings.”
Interested in attending? 
This lecture is free, but please RSVP to confirm your attendance via EventBrite ( https://www.eventbrite.ca/myevent?eid=33894893539 )
For more information, please visit siss.info.yorku.ca
For the full list of SISS events open to the public, please visit siss.info.yorku.ca/public-events/ (or see the attached poster)
Email us @ siss@yorku.ca
Follow us on Twitter @SISS2017
See the event on Facebook
With support from a SSHRC Connection Grant and York University: Office of the Vice President Academic & Provost; Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation; the Faculty of Education; the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies; the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Glendon Gender and Women’s Studies Program; the Sexuality Studies Program; Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School; Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought; Department of Anthropology; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Social Science; and the Centre for Feminist Research.
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SISS Lecture, “Race as Kink: Reading Transracial Fetishism” with Dr. Trish Salah

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Centre for Feminist Research at York University presents:
Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies (SISS) 2017 
Perversion at the Crossroads of Critical Race Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Queer Theory
 
Race as Kink: Reading Transracial Fetishism
Public Lecture by Dr. Trish Salah
 
Introduced by Dr. John Greyson
10am-11.30am
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
DB 0014 (Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, formerly Technology Enhanced Learning [TEL] Building), York University
In what sense might we speak or think about race as libidinally charged? How do we understand racial identity as erotically invested and in what ways do we see object choice as racially inflected? To what extent are such libidinal economies of identity formation and object choice both ubiquitously alluded to and routinely disavowed? And what are the circumstances under which they present themselves as an occasion for scandal, crisis and conflict?
Drawing upon Freud’s discussion of the place of disavowal in the constitution of desire, this talk is an attempt to think about the persistence, and affective charge, with which analogies between transgender identities and forms of racial passing or cross-identification, increasingly named as “transracialism,” are made.
Dr. Trish Salah is Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University and the author of two poetry collections, the Lambda award-winning Wanting in Arabic and Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1.
Interested in attending?
This lecture is free, but please RSVP to confirm your attendance via EventBrite ( eventbrite.ca/myevent?eid=33894893539 )
For more information, please visit siss.info.yorku.ca
For the full list of SISS events open to the public, please visit siss.info.yorku.ca/public-events/ (or see the attached poster)
Email us @ siss@yorku.ca
Follow us on Twitter @SISS2017
See the event on Facebook
With support from a SSHRC Connection Grant and York University: Office of the Vice President Academic & Provost; Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation; the Faculty of Education; the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies; the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Glendon Gender and Women’s Studies Program; the Sexuality Studies Program; Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School; Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought; Department of Anthropology; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Social Science; and the Centre for Feminist Research.
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SISS Lecture, “Pedagogy and The Perverse In Toni Morrison’s God Help The Child” with Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc

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The Centre for Feminist Research at York University presents:
Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies (SISS) 2017 
Perversion at the Crossroads of Critical Race Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Queer Theory
 
Pedagogy and The Perverse In Toni Morrison’s God Help The Child
Public Lecture by Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc
Introduced by Toby Wiggins
Monday, June 5, 2017
12-1.30pm 
519 Kaneff, York University
Aligned with queer scholarship recuperating perversion from its pathological treatment in the social sciences, Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc theorizes the perverse in a turn to Melanie Klein’s treatment of Freud’s polymorphous perverse baby subject to the adult (m)other’s sexual drives. This lecture will examine how infantile sexuality is expressed and repressed in sexual and racial markers of identity through a psychoanalytic reading of Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child. Dr. Mishra Tarc will discuss how Morrison’s novel investigates personal, legal and societal responses to perverse expressions of the child’s sexuality generating, degenerating and regenerating the self. Subject to the other with sexual drives of their own, this text highlights the profound role of pedagogy in the care of the child’s polymorphous perverse existence.
Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education at York University. Her scholarship examines the dynamic place of pedagogy in the ongoing subject formation of person. She is the author of Literacy of the Other: Renarrating Humanity (SUNY Press) and is currently working on the book Pedagogy in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee (Routledge).
Interested in attending? 
This lecture is free, but please RSVP to confirm your attendance via EventBrite ( https://www.eventbrite.ca/myevent?eid=33894893539 )
For more information, please visit siss.info.yorku.ca
For the full list of SISS events open to the public, please visit siss.info.yorku.ca/public-events/ (or see the attached schedule poster)
Email us @ siss@yorku.ca
Follow us on Twitter @SISS2017 
See the event on Facebook
With support from a SSHRC Connection Grant and York University: Office of the Vice President Academic & Provost; Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation; the Faculty of Education; the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies; the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Glendon Gender and Women’s Studies Program; the Sexuality Studies Program; Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School; Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought; Department of Anthropology; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Social Science; and the Centre for Feminist Research.
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Disruptive Erotics in Psychoanalytic Time at Ryerson University

 

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Disruptive Erotics in Psychoanalytic Time 
Ryerson University Toronto, Saturday May 27th from 2:30 – 3:45

Chair: Tobias B. D. Wiggins

Panel Description

Psychoanalysis has been widely critiqued for developmental rigidity, yet it provides surprisingly rich frameworks for queering normative chronologies. The timelessness of the Freudian drives, repetitions as a form of unconscious memory, the psychical remnants of childhood, uncanny encounters, the “après-coup” of trauma, lingering perversities, and the intermediacy of ambivalence, all disrupt knowable and reliable futurities. This proposed panel will thus employ a variety of psychoanalytic theory—including Freudian, Lacanian, Kleinian thought—to consider novel queer forms of disruptive erotics in psychoanalytic time. Drawing from diverse locations in sex studies, such as pornography, psychodynamic practice, anti-colonial sci-fi narratives, sex work/sexual labour, the “transsexual pervert,” and the corporeal, we collectively consider what psychoanalysis can teach us about sex, temporality, and love. The panelists approach these topics beyond a monolithic academic standpoint—many of them are community-based scholars, clinicians, and activists, particularly in the field of mental health. Combining clinical experience with scholarly work allows for a unique perspective that reaches beyond the theoretical, and should be a valuable contribution to the SSA’s annual meeting at this year’s Congress.

Papers:

Psychoanalysis and the Transsexual Pervert’s Queer Time 
Tobias B. D. Wiggins

 “Ties of Blood and Water”: Race, Sex, and Reparation in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”
David K. Seitz

Sex/work
Ricky Varghese

Perverse Speech in Talk Therapy School
Beau Molnar 

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for more information on Congress 2017, http://www.congress2017.ca

Public Events: June 5 – 9th, Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies

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The Centre for Feminist Research at York University presents:

Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies (SISS) 2017

Perversion at the Crossroads of Critical Race Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Queer Theory

 

Public Events Schedule

                              

Date: Monday, June 5, 2017

Time: 12-1.30pm

Location: 519 Kaneff, YorkU

Lecture by Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc

“Pedagogy and the perverse in Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child”

Introduced by Toby Wiggins

 

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time: 10am-11.30am

Location: TBD, YorkU

Lecture by Dr. Trish Salah

“Race as Kink: Reading Trans-Racial Fetishism”

Introduced by Dr. John Greyson

 

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time: 5pm-7pm

Location: 25 Seaforth Ave

Art Exhibition & Reception

FAG Feminist Art Gallery

With Emelie Chhangur, Jennifer Chan, and Jesika Joy

Co-sponsored by the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies

 

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Time: 10am-11.30am

Location: 519 Kaneff, YorkU

Roundtable: Performing Perversion

Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser & Dr. Trish Salah in conversation with Dr. John Greyson, Dr. Sheila Cavanagh and Emelie Chhangur

Chaired by Dr. Allyson Mitchell

 

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Time: 12.30-2.30pm

Location: 519 Kaneff, YorkU

Lecture by Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser

“Carrie Mae Weems and the Question of Brown Jouissance”

Introduced by Dr. Sheila Cavanagh

 

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Time: 10am-11.30am

Location: 519 Kaneff, YorkU

Lecture by Dr. David Eng

“Race as Relation”

Introduced by Dr. David Murray

 

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017

Time: 10am-11.30am

Location: 519 Kaneff, YorkU

Roundtable: Thinking Perversion Transnationally

Dr. David Eng & Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc in conversation with Dr. David Murray and Dr. David Seitz

Chaired by Dr. Dai Kojima

 

All events are free, but please RVSP to confirm your attendance via EventBrite: https://goo.gl/5nxGWg.

For more information, please visit siss.info.yorku.ca.

Inquiries? Contact us at siss2017@yorku.ca.

 

With support from a SSHRC Connection Grant and York University:

Office of the Vice President Academic & Provost; Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation; the Faculty of Education; the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies; the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Glendon Gender and Women’s Studies Program; the Sexuality Studies Program; Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School; Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought; Department of Anthropology; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Social Science; and the Centre for Feminist Research.

Upcoming Training: Transgender Competency for Crisis Intervention & Mental Health Service Providers

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On May 30th and 31st I will be providing a workshop for Say Outloud Bellville and a day-long trans competency training for Victim Services for Victims and Survivors of Crime week. 

Transgender Competency Training for Crisis Intervention and Mental Health Service Providers

This day-long training will provide a strong foundation in trans issues and terminology, while additionally introducing some more complex issues faced by this community, including social determinants of health, institutional violence, and diversity within trans identity. Crisis intervention workers and health service providers will explore a range of topics and materials that highlight trans resilience, while also identifying tangible tools to make services more accessible to trans people.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will acquire a foundational understanding of transgender identity, terminology, and the diversity of transgender lived experience
  2. Participants will become knowledgeable about the social determinants of transgender health and evaluate the accessibility of their own organizations
  3. Participants will be introduced to the new crisis line “Trans Lifeline” and explore the facilitation of transgender resiliency
  4. Participants will begin the process of making their crisis work and mental health services more accessible to trans* individuals in their own region.

Victim Services, Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington Counties offers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week short-term crisis support, practical assistance, information, and referral program to victims of crime and tragic circumstance.

Say Outloud is an alternative youth group that offers a warm, inviting and safe place in the community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, inter-sex, two spirited, queer, questioning youth and their allies.

For more information or to register:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/transgender-competency-training-for-crisis-intervention-mental-health-service-providers-tickets-34331092221