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  • Welcoming Remarks - Locations of Learning: Transnational Feminist Practices

    Janet Jakobsen, Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, offers welcoming remarks at The Scholar & Feminist Conference 2014, "Locations of Learning: Transnational Feminist Practices."

    The conference took place on February 28, 2014 at Barnard College in New York City. For more information see http://bcrw.barnard.edu/event/locations-of-learning-transnational-feminist-practices/

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  • The Legacy of Scattered Hegemonies

    In the opening plenary at The Scholar & Feminist Conference 2014, "Locations of Learning: Transnational Feminist Practices," the groundbreaking authors of Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices provide an overview of the last twenty years of transnational feminist scholarship, in conversation with several of their longtime collaborators.

    Panelists include Caren Kaplan, Inderpal Grewal, Lydia Liu, Jennifer Terry, Tina Campt, and Deborah A. Thomas. Moderated by Attiya Ahmad.

    The conference took place on February 28, 2014 at Barnard College in New York City. For more information see http://bcrw.barnard.edu/event/locations-of-learning-transnational-feminist-practices/

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  • Reina Gossett + Dean Spade (Part 4): Gun Control + Producing Dangerousness

    Join us for an online discussion with Reina Gossett + Dean Spade on February 7, 2014 at 4 pm (EST).
    Registration + more available at http://bcrw.barnard.edu.

    In a series of four short online videos produced by BCRW, activists Reina Gossett and Dean Spade discuss prison abolition as a political framework, exploring why this is a top issue for those committed to supporting trans and gender-nonconforming people. These videos look at how to build societies where the process of creating justice is as important as the end—communities where no one is exiled.

    On February 7th at 4PM EST we invite you to join us for an online discussion based on these videos. Reina and Dean will join BCRW in our first ever online event to answer questions about prison abolition and its intersections with queer and trans movements. Registration and information about how to participate are available at http://bcrw.barnard.edu . Join us for this exciting experiment in creating online learning spaces that contribute to activist conversations.

    Reina Gossett is an artist and activist who works as Membership Director of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Dean Spade is the founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of the Law, and an associate professor at Seattle University School of Law. He is currently a fellow in the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School.

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  • Reina Gossett + Dean Spade (Part 3): What About the Dangerous People?

    Join us for an online discussion with Reina Gossett + Dean Spade on February 7, 2014 at 4 pm (EST).
    Registration + more available at http://bcrw.barnard.edu.

    In a series of four short online videos produced by BCRW, activists Reina Gossett and Dean Spade discuss prison abolition as a political framework, exploring why this is a top issue for those committed to supporting trans and gender-nonconforming people. These videos look at how to build societies where the process of creating justice is as important as the end—communities where no one is exiled.

    On February 7th at 4PM EST we invite you to join us for an online discussion based on these videos. Reina and Dean will join BCRW in our first ever online event to answer questions about prison abolition and its intersections with queer and trans movements. Registration and information about how to participate are available at http://bcrw.barnard.edu . Join us for this exciting experiment in creating online learning spaces that contribute to activist conversations.

    Reina Gossett is an artist and activist who works as Membership Director of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Dean Spade is the founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of the Law, and an associate professor at Seattle University School of Law. He is currently a fellow in the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School.

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  • Reina Gossett + Dean Spade (Part 2): Practicing Prison Abolition Everyday

    Join us for an online discussion with Reina Gossett + Dean Spade on February 7, 2014 at 4 pm (EST).
    Registration + more available at http://bcrw.barnard.edu.

    In a series of four short online videos produced by BCRW, activists Reina Gossett and Dean Spade discuss prison abolition as a political framework, exploring why this is a top issue for those committed to supporting trans and gender-nonconforming people. These videos look at how to build societies where the process of creating justice is as important as the end—communities where no one is exiled.

    On February 7th at 4PM EST we invite you to join us for an online discussion based on these videos. Reina and Dean will join BCRW in our first ever online event to answer questions about prison abolition and its intersections with queer and trans movements. Registration and information about how to participate are available at http://bcrw.barnard.edu . Join us for this exciting experiment in creating online learning spaces that contribute to activist conversations.

    Reina Gossett is an artist and activist who works as Membership Director of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Dean Spade is the founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of the Law, and an associate professor at Seattle University School of Law. He is currently a fellow in the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School.

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  • Reina Gossett + Dean Spade (Part 1): Prison Abolition + Prefiguring the World You Want to Live In

    Join us for an online discussion with Reina Gossett + Dean Spade on February 7, 2014 at 4 pm (EST).
    Registration + more available at http://bcrw.barnard.edu.

    In a series of four short online videos produced by BCRW, activists Reina Gossett and Dean Spade discuss prison abolition as a political framework, exploring why this is a top issue for those committed to supporting trans and gender-nonconforming people. These videos look at how to build societies where the process of creating justice is as important as the end—communities where no one is exiled.

    On February 7th at 4PM EST we invite you to join us for an online discussion based on these videos. Reina and Dean will join BCRW in our first ever online event to answer questions about prison abolition and its intersections with queer and trans movements. Registration and information about how to participate are available at http://bcrw.barnard.edu . Join us for this exciting experiment in creating online learning spaces that contribute to activist conversations.

    Reina Gossett is an artist and activist who works as Membership Director of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Dean Spade is the founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of the Law, and an associate professor at Seattle University School of Law. He is currently a fellow in the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School.

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  • Roderick Ferguson - Socialism in Black Queer Time: The Erotic Potentials of Radical Politics

    In this talk Professor Ferguson engages the history of black queer diasporic formations in the 1970s as part of radical attempts to reimagine and eroticize socialist imaginations. The talk situates these formations within a social and political context in which various modes of difference were being mobilized to illustrate and expand the symbolic flexibility and the "writerly" potentials of socialism - particularly by the politically imaginative work of the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords, the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, the 1978 Socialist-Feminist Conference, the radical queer activist group Gay Liberation Front, and others. The talk uses these formations as the context for arguing that this decade of socialist experimentation was one in which black queer activists and artists were central. More directly, those activists and artists were part of various projects to revise socialism in accordance with an interest in politicizing homoerotic desires and eroticizing anti-racist and socialist visions.

    This lecture was recorded on December 3, 2013 at Barnard College in New York City.

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  • At the Intersection of Queer Studies and Religion

    As part of a broader research project, “Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-Secular and Queer Perspectives,” hosted by Utrecht University, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Barnard Department of Religion, and the Columbia Center for the Study of Religion and Sexuality present a discussion on the intersections of queer and religious studies. How has queer studies in religion shaped the field more generally? What epistemological contributions does a queer approach facilitate? What are the social and political implications of working at the intersections of these two fields? Roundtable participants include: Kent Brintnall, Patrick Cheng, Ju Hui Judy Han, Sarra Lev, Erin Runions, Max Strassfeld, Heather White, and Melissa Wilcox. Moderated by Janet Jakobsen.

    This conversation was recorded on November 20, 2013 at Barnard College in New York City. A selection of workshop papers following this public event will be published in a special issue of the journal Religion and Gender. More information is available at http://projectreligionandgender.org

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  • Beth Berkowitz - Frontiers in Jewish Studies: The Clever Ox, the Escaping Elephant, and Other Talmudic Animals

    Is Judaism good or bad for animals? Beth Berkowitz brings us beyond this reductive question, with its frequent focus on the first two chapters of Genesis and Jewish dietary laws, to offer instead a more complex approach to the animal in Judaism and to spotlight some less predictable Jewish texts. Professor Berkowitz, the Ingeborg Rennert Chair of Jewish Studies in Barnard’s department of religion, discusses the emerging field of scholarship called animal studies and considers how this discipline might cross-pollinate with Jewish studies (specifically rabbinics) in order to provide a heightened understanding of both fields.

    This lecture was recorded on October 17, 2013 at Barnard College in New York City.

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  • José Muñoz: Queer Utopianism and Cruel Optimism

    Looking at the photography of Mark Morrisroe, José Muñoz compares and contrasts queer utopianism with Lauren Berlant's cruel optimism in this excerpt from the April 12, 2011 "Public Feelings Salon." The salon featured a conversation with Lauren Berlant, José Muñoz, Ann Pellegrini and Tavia Nyong’o, moderated by Janet Jakobsen. Full-length video of the event is available here: http://bcrw.barnard.edu/videos/public-feelings-salon-with-lauren-berlant/

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  • Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues Conference Summary

    The closing plenary at Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues Conference featuring comments, critiques, and feedback from conference participants, moderated by Janet Jakobsen (Barnard Center for Research on Women) and Dorian Warren (Columbia University).

    Recorded October 5, 2013 at Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues: Dilemmas of the Nonprofit Tradition in LGBT Politics, sponsored by the Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School and the Barnard Center for Research on Women, held at Columbia Law School. For more information see http://bcrw.barnard.edu/queerdreams/

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  • The Coming (and Present) Funding Crisis in LGBT Work

    Plenary III at Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues Conference featuring Ben Francisco Maulbeck (President, Funders for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer [LGBTQ] Issues); Mara Keisling (Founding Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality); Trishala Deb (Director of Strategic Partnerships, Caring Across Generations); and Sangeeta Budhiraja (Director of Programs, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice). Moderated by Frances Kunreuther (Co-Director, Building Movement Project).

    This Roundtable discussion looks ahead at the funding horizon for nonprofits to consider if there is a funding crisis for LGBT work, and if so, what are its contours? How does funding get distributed and how will it cascade over the next decade? Where is the funding focused and how does it in turn focus the work of the LGBT movement? What is the impact of trends or fads in philanthropy (like venture philanthropy, measurable outcomes or project support)? Which populations in the movement are served and which are not? What is the correlation between what is funded and what is moved?

    Recorded October 5, 2013 at Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues: Dilemmas of the Nonprofit Tradition in LGBT Politics, sponsored by the Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School and the Barnard Center for Research on Women, held at Columbia Law School. For more information see http://bcrw.barnard.edu/queerdreams/

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  • Queer Dreams: Building Alternative Queer/Trans Social Justice Infrastructure

    Plenary II at Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues Conference featuring Elana Redfield (Staff Attorney and Project Director, Sylvia Rivera Law Project); Paulina Helm-Hernandez (Co-Director, Southerners on New Ground); and Maria Carolina Morales (Programs Co-Director, Community United Against Violence). Moderated by Dean Spade (Seattle University School of Law and Columbia Law School).

    This panel features representatives from organizations that have sought to build alternatives to the traditional ways of working within non-profit structures. Describing the alternatives they have developed, as well as the challenges and opportunities that exist in their novel approaches, topics include scale and impact, tax status, hierarchies inside organizations, racial justice organizational development approaches, collective governance, salary structures, volunteer work, community accountability, membership structures, funding, conflict resolution and more.

    Recorded October 4, 2013 at Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues: Dilemmas of the Nonprofit Tradition in LGBT Politics, sponsored by the Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School and the Barnard Center for Research on Women, held at Columbia Law School. For more information see http://bcrw.barnard.edu/queerdreams/

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  • Wendy Hui Kyong Chun: Habitual New Media

    New media technologies provoke both anxiety and hope: anxiety over surveillance and hope for empowerment. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun reveals that these two reactions complement rather than oppose each other by emphasizing how exposure is necessary in order for networks to work. Addressing the key ways that gender plays—and has historically played—into negotiating media exposure, she examines how “habits of privacy” persist and are fostered, often to our detriment. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is professor and chair of modern culture and media at Brown University. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics and Programmed Visions: Software and Memory.

    This lecture was recorded on October 10, 2013 at Barnard College in New York City.

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