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Spring 2013

Friday, February 15
Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference | 2013 Theme: Failure
Keynote: Judith "Jack" Halberstam (English/Director, Center for Feminist Research, USC)
No Church in the Wild: Anarchy, Failure and Chaos
3:30 pm Curtin 175

For this talk, Professor Halberstam will build on ideas from her Queer Art of Failure to develop a theory of queer anarchism for a forthcoming companion project titled "The Wild: Queer Anarchy" in order to weave a story about emergent forms of life through the glimpses we catch of it in popular culture and subcultural production.

She will use as an example the emergence of a startling song of anarchy and revolt that pops up in a mainstream venue—Jay Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild”—in order to point to a kind of emergent cultural idiom that speaks in the language of anarchistic revolt and takes issue with the logics of success and failure that have riddled every aspect of modern life. What she would like to take from this song and its framing of new logics of power is the idea of a space of “wildness” that opens up within the institutionalized spaces of law and order, and that holds open other possibilities for thinking and being—no church in the wild.

Still from No Church in the Wild video
Still from "No Church in the Wild" video

Judith "Jack" Halberstam is a leading voice in gender and queer theory, reaching academic and activist audiences alike. Halberstam is the author of The Queer Art of Failure; In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives; and Female Masculinity.


Brown bag lunch with Professor Halberstam
Friday, February 15
11:45 am Curtin 939
Reading: Jack Halberstam, "Unlearning, " Profession 2012 (New York: Modern Language Association, 2012), 9–16.

Complete MIGC 2013 Schedule



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