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Job Talk - Side Affects: Transnormativity, Eurocentricity, and the Necropolitics of Gender Transition

When: Feb 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Where: 216 Willard Building, University Park, PA 16802

Are the medical protocols of gender transition grounded in Eurocentric conceptions of gender? This talk delves into the archive of Western medical sexology, examining the absence, misrecognition, and active erasure of queer and non-white subjects. Positioning this archive in relation to the modern/colonial gender system (Lugones 2007, 2010), Malatino explores how transnationally hegemonic models of gender transition are grounded in deeply partial, highly normative understandings of embodiment that produce several kinds of structural violence: the de-authorization of intersex and trans subjects as experts on their own experience, the necropolitical gatekeeping methods that stratify health care access and intensify the vulnerability of non-transnormative subjects, and the inadequate monitoring and systematic under-research of the health impacts that effect folks imbricated in networks of medicalized transition. How might we understand transition beyond Eurocentric medical logics? How might this re-cognition ameliorate certain forms of structural violence? Job Talk - Side Affects: Transnormativity, Eurocentricity, and the Necropolitics of Gender Transition - Read More…

Colloquium: Morality in Language

When: Feb 24, 2017 at 1:15 PM
Where: 127 Moore Building, University Park, PA 16802

When things go wrong, people ask, “Who made it happen?” “Who was responsible?” and often, “Who will pay?” That is, moral judgment engages causal cognition. How much of this process is influenced by higher-level factors such as people’s moral values and political ideology, and how much is influenced by stimulus-bound factors, such as the language used to describe the event? This talk will cover research combining individual differences measures with vignette-based and psycholinguistics tasks. Collectively, the research demonstrates: (1) moral values aimed at protecting group cohesiveness predict a shift in attributions of blame to victims; (2) altering the focus of language can reduce victim blame; and (3) values and ideology influence extraction of causal relationships from the most basic event descriptions. That participants’ behavior across these tasks systematically maps onto beliefs about the nature of right and wrong indicates that studying language can bring precision to our understanding of the unruly domain of morality, and also that our understanding of language is incomplete without consideration of moral psychology. Colloquium: Morality in Language - Read More…

How do we learn peace?

When: Feb 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Where: 129 Waring, University Park, PA 16802

Since 2009, the Outward Bound Peacebuilding has worked with partners around the world to design programs that integrate the Outward Bound educational model of learning by doing and reflecting, with peacebuilding skills and practice. Executive Director Ana Patel will present on the work and approach of Outward Bound Peacebuilding in an interactive session that explores this innovative approach to supporting and creating communities of peacebuilding leaders. How do we learn peace? - Read More…

Making Good: Can We Realize Our Moral Aspirations?

When: Feb 23, 2017 at 3:30 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

Is moral improvement possible? If so, how? Recently, philosophers have suggested that virtue is a skill that can be acquired much as skills in other areas, like chess and music, are acquired. Philosophical proponents of this “skill analogy,” unfortunately, have paid limited attention to the science of human performance, science which may illuminate pathways and impediments to moral development. Here, I canvass some of the science, and assess some prospects for moral improvement. Making Good: Can We Realize Our Moral Aspirations? - Read More…

What if you could walk to peace?

When: Feb 23, 2017 at 3:15 PM
Where: 808 Ford Building, University Park, PA 16802

Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding and Penn State University invite you to attend a workshop. Experiential Peacebuilding is an approach that applies experiential learning or "learning by doing and reflecting" to the challenge of building relationships between people on different sides of conflict. The theory behind this work is that the experiential learning can build common language, accelerate trust and facilitate positive experiences among adversaries. The workshop will offer participants a unique opportunity to explore this approach and consider its application as a powerful tool for creating transformational experiences for individuals and groups. What if you could walk to peace? - Read More…

Rock Colloquia Series - Beyond White Privilege: Geographies of White Supremacy and Settler Colonialism

When: Feb 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Where: 133 Sparks Building, University Park, PA 16802

This presentation builds from scholarship on whiteness and white privilege to argue for an expanded focus that includes settler colonialism and white supremacy. Specifically, Dr. Inwood will argue that engaging with white supremacy and settler colonialism reveals the enduring social, economic, and political impacts of white supremacy as a materially grounded set of practices that continues to frame the making of space and place in the United States. As a result, he will situate white supremacy not as an artifact of history or as an extreme position, but rather as the foundation for the continuous unfolding of practices of race and racism within settler states. Finally, he will illustrate this framework through a recent example of a land dispute in the American West. Rock Colloquia Series - Beyond White Privilege: Geographies of White Supremacy and Settler Colonialism - Read More…

Job Talk - Stripped to the Bone: Sequencing Queerness in the Comic Strip Work of Joe Brainard and David Wojnarowicz

When: Feb 16, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Where: 216 Willard Building, University Park, PA 16802

In this talk, I develop a queer theory of comics strip form by exploring the comics work of mixed-media artists Joe Brainard and David Wojnarowicz. Both New York residents of lower Manhattan at key moments in the development of contemporary U.S. queer culture—gay liberation and the AIDS crisis respectively—Brainard and Wojnarowicz showed artistic affinity with the comics medium throughout their short-lived but prodigious careers in the 1970s and 1980s. In the early 1970s, Brainard adopted the classic comic strip character Nancy in a series of paper works that functioned as enlarged comic strips; in these panels, Brainard depicted Nancy in a variety of radical sexual and social positions (as transgendered, high on drugs, performing in a pornographic movie, and much more) that allowed viewers to imagine a traditionally American icon as a potentially queer one inhabiting multiple, non-synchronous identities. Little more than a decade later, in David Wojnarowicz’s graphic memoir, 7 Miles a Second (1988-1993), the artist and his collaborators James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook, used the visual disjoint between comic strip panels to formally dramatize the experience of social alienation and physical pain associated with being a queer person with AIDS. Through a historically situated close reading of these two works, I show how Brainard and Wojnarowicz each deployed the formal codes of the comics medium to articulate emergent affective orientations towards transformations in alternative sexual cultures; consequently, I argue for an understanding of comic strip sequence as a formal expressions of modern queer sexuality as an unpredictable unfolding of countless erotic possibilities. Job Talk - Stripped to the Bone: Sequencing Queerness in the Comic Strip Work of Joe Brainard and David Wojnarowicz - Read More…

Right from Wrong: Creating Robots Which Learn How to Behave

When: Feb 15, 2017 at 3:30 PM
Where: 16 Borland Building, University Park, PA 16802

Job Talk - Queer Intimacies: Visualizing Black Lesbian Desire in Contemporary South Africa

When: Feb 14, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Where: 216 Willard Building, University Park, PA 16802

This talk examines visual art produced by lesbian human rights activists in South Africa that is emerging to contest racialized and gendered constructions of black lesbian vulnerability within global humanitarian advocacy. Through an analysis of the work of South African visual activist, Zanele Muholi, the talk considers how black queer theories of vulnerability and precarity challenge second-wave feminist understandings of women’s human rights grounded in freedom from gender violence and the pursuit of sexual autonomy. By reframing and recontextualizing black queer vulnerability in terms of the erotic—or the body’s proximity to both pleasure and pain—Muholi’s work opens up a space for visualizing black lesbian desire in contemporary South Africa. In doing so, Muholi’s mobilization of erotic vulnerability as the basis for lesbian human rights activism constitutes an ethical provocation to rethink the kinds of sexual rights claims that are imagined as possible. Job Talk - Queer Intimacies: Visualizing Black Lesbian Desire in Contemporary South Africa - Read More…

Czech Turistika and Outdoor Education in Czech

When: Feb 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM
Where: 808 Ford Building