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Area Impossible: Sexuality and Geopolitics Symposium

May 25, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Organized by the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature
DATE: May 25, 2018
TIME: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
LOCATION: 314 Royce Hall
RSVP: http://complit.ucla.edu/event/area-impossible-sexuality-geopolitics/
Within queer studies, the geopolitical has posed a much-needed challenge to the spatial and temporal logics of the field (logics that often mire the field in the US), especially in the aftermath of the turn to transnationalism. Comparative literature has historically fashioned its domains outside US borders, but despite its range has remained somewhat tied to nationalist coagulations/formations.  This symposium brings together speakers who engage comparative analytical forms towards a more disruptive and capacious queer geopolitics.
Introductory remarks
Anjali Arondekar, Visiting Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, UCLA and Associate Professor, Feminist Studies, UCSC
Welcome address
David Schaberg, Dean of Humanities, UCLA
Queer Coolitude/ An Indo-Caribbean Reading
Rajiv Mohabir, Assistant Professor of English, Auburn University.
Freud in Translation/ Three Essays, a Survey, and a Group
Omnia El Shakry, Professor of History, UCD
Respondent: Gil Hochberg, Ransford Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, and Middle East Studies, Columbia University
Lunch for participants
Trespassing Queer Kindship/ Temporality and the Geopolitics of Attachment
Sima Shakhsari, Assistant Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota
Respondent: Ananya Roy, Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Geography, UCLA
Coffee break
3:30 -5:00 p.m.
None Like Us/ Black Exception Black Exemption
Stephen M. Best, Associate Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley
Respondent: Shana Redmond, Associate Professor, Musicology and African-American Studies, UCLA


May 25, 2018
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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