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Dr. Juana María Rodríguez delivers second of two 2017 Sally Miller Gearhart Lecture(s) in Lesbian Studies

2017 Sally Miller Gearhart Lecture in Lesbian Studies — Part 2!

Please join us for the second of two very special lectures!

Group photo of sex workers in MexicoTitle: Feeling Photography, Visualizing Testimony, Imagining Alterity
Speaker: Dr. Juana María Rodríguez
Date: January 27, 2017, 11:00 – 12:30 pm
Location: Crater Lake South Room, EMU

Image of woman asleep in bed from aboveDescription: What does “seeing” tell us about the subjective experiences of those whose life stories we are invested in knowing? And how does the visual presence of the speaking subject of auto/biography complicate narratives of their lives? Rodríguez probes the ways forms of representation that combine biographical narrative with visual documentation transform our affective encounters with the social and sexual lives of sex workers in order to question the kinds of interpretive practices we bring to these knowledge projects. In the process, she reflects on how images and text function as complicated triggers for the attachments, identifications, desires, and traumas of our own corporeal embodiments and sexual histories.

Headshot of Juana Marí RodríguezBio: Juana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU Press 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU Press 2014) which recently won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize at the MLA and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Foundation for LGBT Studies. Professor Rodríguez has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies and queer theory; Latin/o American and Caribbean literature and culture; critical race studies; and technology and media arts and her work has appeared in a range of scholarly journals including GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory; Radical History Review; boundaries 2; a/b: Auto/Biography Studies; Genre: Forms of Discourse, PMLA, and Profession.

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