We're Here, We're Queer, and We've Got Heritage: Sex and Gender at Ellis Island
Oct 13, 2003
from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Art Department, Program in Women and Gender Studies, Bates College
Erica Rand is a writer, teacher, and activist who teaches at Bates College in the Art Department and in the Program in Women and Gender Studies. Her writings include Barbie’s Queer Accessories (Duke University Press, 1995), essays on gender coercion and activist visuals, and collaborative projects on sex and censorship, on teaching about consumption, and on anti-racist classroom practices. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Radical Teacher. Her current book in progress is called The Ellis Island Snow Globe: Sex, Money, Products, Nation.
We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’ve Got Heritage: Sex and Gender at Ellis Island
Heritage sites often seem to presume and celebrate a past full of heterosexual, gender-normative people who have sex for procreation. So what would be involved in bringing sexuality and gender onto the scene in all their fleshliness, pleasures, queerness, and variety? Looking at Ellis Island, one of the most well known U.S. immigration sites, this talk will argue that a pro-justice approach to the topic requires more than unearthing queer ancestors; it also requires attention to matters concerning nation, race, money, and labor.