Transnational Film Studies Students to Hold Public Symposium December 8

Still from Chuecatown (2007), dir. Juan Flahn
For the past ten years, GW English has offered a unique interdisciplinary in lgbtq studies and film studies; on Saturday, December 8, students from the class will come together to present their work-in-progress.  Students from Professor Robert McRuer’s “Transnational Queer Film Studies and LGBTQ cultures” (English 3980) will be presenting at this event, which is free and open to the public.

This was the tenth instantiation of English 3980; It is simultaneously taught in Prague to students from the Czech Republic (and across Europe) by Professor Kateřina Kolářová of the Charles University Gender Studies Program.  For one week each November, Professor McRuer’s students travel to Prague to meet their counterparts and to attend together the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival (Mezipatra means “mezzanine” in Czech, signifying a place in-between, in the middle).  This course is offered in partnership with the Short-Term Study Abroad Program. The course is one of several in English that can be used to fulfill part of the requirements for GW’s minor in LGBT/Sexuality Studies, housed in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
Students in English 3980 invite you to attend this public symposium highlighting their work-in-progress.  Two sessions will be held Saturday, December 8, in Phillips Hall 412 (the Dean’s Conference Room), from 1-5 PM.  The schedule is below.  Come out and support this innovative student work and this unique collaboration between English and Honors.
Free and Open to the Public
Saturday, December 8, 1-5 PM

Panel 1: Queer Affects and Anxieties in Contemporary Film
1 PM-3:20 PM
Jung Baek, “Anxieties in Contemporary Korea: Analyzing the Culture of Silencing Queerness and Otherness”
 Sejal Mehta, “Queer Identities and Sociocultural Factors: Examining Shame, Inadequacy, and ‘Otherness’ in XXY
Franco Caputo, “‘Politics in the First Person’: Illness and Affect in BPM (Beats per Minute)
Kevin McDonald, “Post Soviet Gender Roles: Queer Masculinity in Putin’s Russia” 
Sophie Corless, “Chemsex: Efforts Towards Tolerance in a Self-Medicating Community”
Panel 2: In a (Transnational) Queer Time and Place
3:30 PM-4:50 PM
Adam Graubart, “Directors Take on the Gentrifiers: How Film and Queerness Make Sense of the Neoliberal Urban Space”
Cort Carlson, “Futures Past: Queer Time and Transnational Belonging in Call Me By Your Name”
Jennifer Cheng, “‘You talk to your mother about us?’: Queerness, Gossip, and Chinese (American) Respectability Politics in Saving Face
Kathryn Russell, “Spaces of Desires: Queer Relationality in Sixth Happiness
Issie Kulick, “Queer Hinduism in Fire: Procreation and the Limits of Acceptance”

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