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Sent: 16 August 2011 11:36 Queer Temporalities: Reading Elizabeth Freeman's Time Binds A Two-Day Intensive, Interdisciplinary Seminar, University College Dublin, Friday 4 November -Saturday 5 November 2011 This event forms part of The(e)ories: Critical Theory & Sexuality Studies 2009, the MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, and the Graduate Research and Education Programme in Gender, Culture and Identities (GREP), University College Dublin. Seminar Description: This two-day intensive seminar will be devoted to reading and discussing Elizabeth Freeman's recently published book Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories (Duke University Press, 2010) from a range of disciplinary perspectives including queer theory, critical sexuality studies, psychoanalysis, literary theory, historiography, art history, media theory and film theory. Closely attending to this crucial text will provide an opportunity to open up broader discussions pertaining to issues of temporality, historiography, reading, queerness and politics. Day one (Friday 4 November) will be feature a lecture by Elizabeth Freeman (45-50 mins) on her current research into queerness and chronicity followed by discussion with the seminar participants. There will also be screenings of some of the short films discussed in Freeman's book including K.I.P., The Physics of Love and Shulie. Day two (Saturday 5 November) will feature nine informal (5-10 minute) responses to the issues raised in Time Binds from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical positions. The emphasis on both days will be on discussion. Registration In order to register for the seminar, we ask delegates to send us the following information: Name; Affiliation (if applicable); and a short (50-100 words) biographical note. For those travelling from outside Ireland, we ask that you send us your flight details by 4 October in order to confirm your place. We ask that delegates who wish to withdraw from the seminar inform us as early as possible as places are strictly limited and demand is high. There is a registration fee of 30 euro (academics/waged) and 10 euro (students/unwaged) payable on the day of the seminar. To register please email: Noreen Giffney (firstname.lastname@example.org), Anne Mulhall (email@example.com) and Michael O'Rourke (firstname.lastname@example.org). Required Reading: All delegates must purchase a copy of Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories by Elizabeth Freeman (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010) in advance of the seminar. Book Description: Time Binds is a powerful argument that temporal and sexual dissonance are intertwined, and that the writing of history can be both embodied and erotic. Challenging queer theory's recent emphasis on loss and trauma, Elizabeth Freeman foregrounds bodily pleasure in the experience and representation of time as she interprets an eclectic archive of queer literature, film, video, and art. She examines work by visual artists who emerged in a commodified, "postfeminist," and "postgay" world. Yet they do not fully accept the dissipation of political and critical power implied by the idea that various political and social battles have been won and are now consigned to the past. By privileging temporal gaps and narrative detours in their work, these artists suggest ways of putting the past into meaningful, transformative relation with the present. Such "queer asynchronies" provide opportunities for rethinking historical consciousness in erotic terms, thereby countering the methods of traditional and Marxist historiography. Central to Freeman's argument are the concepts of chrononormativity, the use of time to organize individual human bodies toward maximum productivity; temporal drag, the visceral pull of the past on the supposedly revolutionary present; and erotohistoriography, the conscious use of the body as a channel for and means of understanding the past. Time Binds emphasizes the critique of temporality and history as crucial to queer politics. The Author: Elizabeth Freeman is Professor of English at the University of California, Davis, and co-editor (with Nayan Shah) of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. She is the author of two books: The Wedding Complex: Forms of Belonging in Modern American Culture (Duke University Press, 2002) and Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories(Duke University Press, 2010). She has also published articles in American Literary History, American Literature, Arizona Quarterly, boundary 2, New Literary History, Social Text, South Atlantic Quarterly, Women and Performance, and other journals and anthologies. Abstract: "Theorizing the Chronic" This lecture will depart from the queer theoretical tradition of thinking in terms of rupture and transgression, to suggest ways of conceptualizing and queering chronic time. The chronic is in some ways the most generic form of time, for "chronic" simply means "of time." But it is characterized by aspects that have not interested queer theory terribly: endurance rather than novelty, pathology rather than transgression, biology rather than performance, duration and sameness rather than repetition and difference. Nevertheless, queers have lived and thought about and in chronic time, especially since AIDS became "manageable" by becoming a chronic rather than an acute condition and, the story goes, AIDS activism waned. The chronic may be an important irritant to manufactured states of emergency and future-directed forms of politics that obviate suffering in the present. "Theorizing the Chronic" will engage with several queer theorists, including Gertrude Stein, Jasbir Puar, Didier Eribon, and Lauren Berlant, to explore queer forms of the chronic and chronic forms of queerness. Seminar Schedule: Day One: Friday 4 November 2011 1.00 pm-1.30 pm Registration 1.45 pm-2.00 pm Opening remarks and introductions: Dr Noreen Giffney (The University of Dublin, Trinity College), Dr Anne Mulhall (GREP & School of English, Drama and Film/Irish Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland) & Michael O'Rourke (Independent Colleges, Dublin, Ireland). 2.00 pm-4 pm "Theorizing the Chronic", A Lecture and Discussion with Elizabeth Freeman 4.00 pm-4.30 pm Tea and Coffee Break 4.30 pm-5.45 pm Screenings of K.I.P. (2002, dir. Nguyen Tan Hoang), The Physics of Love (1998, dir. Diane Bonder) and Shulie (1997, dir. Elisabeth Subrin). Day Two: Saturday 5 November 2011 10-11.30 am Panel 1 of Responses to Time Binds 11.30 am-12.00 pm Tea and Coffee Break 12.00 pm-1.30 pm Panel 2 of Responses to Time Binds 1.30 pm-2.30 pm Lunch 2.30 pm-4.00 pm Panel 3 of Responses to Time Binds 4.00 pm Thanks and Close of Seminar Seminar Sponsors: The(e)ories: Critical Theory & Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary seminar series that has been convened by Noreen Giffney and Michael O'Rourke since 2002. The(e)ories is devoted to examining issues relating to gender and sexuality within the context of critical theory across a wide range of disciplines. The term 'seminar series' is a misnomer as The(e)ories also includes conferences, symposia and roundtable discussions. The series has featured speakers from Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, including some of the world's most eminent thinkers in this area: Judith Butler, Judith Halberstam, Lee Edelman, Leo Bersani, Eve Kosofksy Sedgwick, Jeffrey Weeks, Tim Dean, Nikki Sullivan, David M. Halperin, Bracha L. Ettinger, Sally R. Munt, Sasha Roseneil, Tamsin Wilton, Del LaGrace Volcano, Luciana Parisi, Lisa Baraitser, Sara Ahmed, Nicholas Royle, Lisa Downing and Martin McQuillan to name a few. This has led to The(e)ories being recognised as one of the leading queer theory seminars in the world. People have travelled in recent years just to attend and participate in events from Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA. The organisers have also been keen to develop links with other people working on critical theory in the context of gender and sexuality, and have been committed to inviting participants and respondents-academics and postgraduates-based at UCD, TCD, UCC, NUIG, UL, QUB, UU, DBS, NUIM, DCU, NCAD, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra and Griffith College Dublin among others. Specific events have also attracted a number of professionals working in contexts outside or in conjunction with the university, in the applied fields of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, clinical psychology, counselling psychology, psychotherapy, medicine and counselling. In this, The(e)ories operates a trans-academic policy, in which the organisers endeavour to include not only health professionals, but also activists, artists and other non-academic members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community who wish to participate in events. MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture (School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin) Convened by Dr Anne Mulhall, this interdisciplinary MA programme draws on the extensive expertise in the area of gender studies and sexuality studies in the School of English, Drama and Film Studies at UCD. The MA offers students an exciting and challenging range of modules where they will explore the theory, history and representation of gender and sexuality in literature, film, television, visual culture, drama and popular culture with a particular attention to the significance of race, nation, ethnicity and class in relation to diverse understandings of gender and sexuality across time and location. Offering an exciting range of interdisciplinary modules that span historical and contemporary texts and concerns, this course provides students with a thorough and wide-ranging training in the fields of literary, visual and cultural studies. For further information, contact Dr Anne Mulhall (email@example.com) and see our website:http://www.ucd.ie/englishanddrama/graduatestudies/maprogrammes/gendersexualityandculture/ Graduate Research and Education Programme (GREP) in Gender, Culture and Identities Funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and directed by Professor Gerardine Meaney of the School of English, Drama and Film, UCD, this is an interdisciplinary thematic doctoral programme hosted by UCD in collaboration with the University of Limerick. This PhD programme covers three major interlinking, interdisciplinary research strands, combining studies of history, literature and visual culture: * Gender, Cultural Change and Artistic Practice * Gender, Cultural Memory and Local Identities * Gender, National Policy and International Practice This intensive seminar has been generously funded by the GREP in Gender, Culture and Identities and we wish to express our thanks in particular to Professor Gerardine Meaney for her on-going support of this collaborative seminar series.