Queer Studies Lecture Series Spring 2016
Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department
Mondays, 12:00-12:50, Ives Hall 101
All Lectures Free and Open to All
2/1 Felicia Elizondo, "Tour of the Tenderloin in the 1960s"
Elizondo, a self-described Mexican Spitfire, Screaming Queen, Pioneer, Legend, Icon, Diva, 29-Year
Survivor of AIDS, Vietnam Veteran and 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal of SF Pride
Parade, was one of the transgender activists of the 1966 Compton Cafeteria Riots. She will recount the
lives of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District in the 1960s to explain how the riots were a fight for a
diverse gay and trans community to claim public lives and become who they were meant to be, paving
the way for future generations.
2/8 Jacob Sperber, "Generators"
Jacob Sperber is a multi-disciplinary artist and producer living in the San Francisco most known for
founding the popular Honey Soundsystem dance-music collective. He will talk about Generators, an
art project he developed for a 2015 artist-residency at Smart Bar Chicago. Watching how the internet,
PREP, and the closing of gay bars and sex clubs was changing the landscape of how queers interact,
Sperber created a multimedia symposium on the value of the nightclub to gay life across three
generations. Students will hear episodes, see some of the art, and hear theory on how raucous clubbing helped create gay liberation.
2/15 Michal MJ Jones, "Underneath the Mainstream Movement - Black Queer & Trans Liberation NOW!"
SSU grad Michal Jones (MJ) contributes to the Everyday Feminism and Black Girl Dangerous blogs,
participates in the all-Black direct action group black.seed, and works with youth and college students.
Jones will discuss how marriage equality and stricter laws enforcing police body cameras are sweeping
but shallow changes that often leave behind the most oppressed among us including queer and trans
people of color (QTPOC), undocumented queer folks, sick and disabled queers, and countless others.
Jones will address the success and failures of current movements of QTPOC and Black queer groups
working to fight oppression.
2/22 Hunter Hargraves, "Critical 'Jiz': Affective Economies of Perversion in Televisual Remix Culture"
Hunter Hargraves, CSU Fullerton Assistant Professor of Cinema and Television Arts, studies the
discomfort of contemporary American television. This talk explores affective possibilities of online
queer TV remix, which gives audiences a new perspective on original sources though “queering”
television series nostalgia. Using Sienna d’Enema’s “Jiz,” a series of remixes of the 1980s cartoon Jem
and the Holograms that transforms the glam girl rocker into a profane, violent, and drug addicted drag
queen, Hargraves tracks how nostalgia reshaped through participatory culture eliminates barriers between media consumers and producers.
2/29 Jane Ward, "Not Gay: Straight White Men, Homosexual Sex, and the Making of Heteromasculinity"
Jane Ward is Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California
Riverside, and author of Respectably Queer (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008) and articles on queer
politics, whiteness, heterosexuality, and queer motherhood. In this talk based on her new book, Not
Gay: Sex between Straight White Men (NYU Press, 2015), Ward traces narratives about straight white
men’s homosexual encounters to offer a way to think about heterosexuality as its own unique mode of
engaging homosexual sex, characterized by pretense, disidentification and racialized heteronormative
3/7 Ramzi Fawaz, "'Flame On!': Nuclear Families, Unstable Molecules, and the Queer History of the Fantastic Four"
Ramzi Fawaz is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and author
of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press,
2016). His talk will detail how Marvel Comics’ The Fantastic Four, first released in 1961, placed its
heroes outside of Cold War gender and sexual norms. Fawaz explores the series’ surprisingly queer
evolution, which mutated the bread-winning father, doting wife and bickering siblings of the 1950s
nuclear family into icons of 1960s radicalism: the left-wing intellectual, liberal feminist, political activist, and potential queer.
3/28 Ana Castillo, "GIVE IT TO ME: On Transgressive Desires"
Beloved Chicana author Ana Castillo will discuss her Lambda-award winning Give It To Me (Feminist
Press, 2014), a provocative novel that the Las Cruces Sun-News lauded as “a brave exploration of
uninhibited feminine sexuality — at least on the surface. But it's also…a great American novel, an
examination of family, class issues and the search for happiness.” Castillo will explore gender,
sexuality and identity in Give It To Me while touching on her three decades as an acclaimed novelist,
essayist, poet and playwright. At 7:30 pm in the Student Center Ballroom, Castillo will be in conversation about her new book, BLACK DOVES: Essays on Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me (Feminist Press, 2016).
4/4 Joy Young, "Your Voice Matters: Slam, Stories, and Social Justice"
SSU WGS alum Joy Young is a performing and teaching spoken word artist who has gained national
attention most notably at the National Poetry Slam (2013, 2014), the Individual poetry Slam (2014,
where they ranked in the top 25), and Women of the World Poetry Slam (2015, where they ranked in
the top 20). Much of Joy's work centers on transgressing borders and entering social justice topics
through personal narratives. Young will talk about slam poetry as a social justice tool, what it means to
be a queer voice on the stage, and the cathartic power of literary performance.
4/11 Shine Louise Houston, "The Value of Pornography: Queer Visibly and the Sexual Landscape"
As the founding producer and director of Pink & White Productions (CrashPadSeries.com,
PinkLabel.tv), Shine Louise Houston’s works have become the gold standard of adult cinema,
internationally screened from Amsterdam to New Zealand and recognized among the big wave of
women-produced porn. Houston’s unique, diverse films span gender and desire to offer honest and
inclusive portraits of queer sexuality. Houston will present on the social value of pornography, and
reflects on today's porn landscape, arguing that there’s a lot of room and need to create adult content that’s real, respectful, powerful, ethical, and political.
4/18 Johanna Brieding, "Epitaph for Family"
Swiss-born and L.A.-based multimedia artist Johanna Breiding locates her work within the intersection
of analog and digital technologies, the construction of gender and cultural identity, and a critique of
heternormative ideologies within the personal and social space. She will discuss her recent solo
show, Epitaph for Family, a highly collaborative multimedia installation that addresses notions
of queer family-making, exploring love, intimacy and loss through the image and connotations of the
horizon line and the dinner table. The project questions the difference between and sameness within queer and heteronormative family structures, and how these constructs define the individual and community.
4/25 Cheryl Dunye, "New Queer Black Cinema: A Her-story"
Liberian-born Cheryl Dunye, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema at San Francisco
State University, is an acclaimed filmmaker. Dunye wrote, directed, and starred in the first African
American lesbian feature film, The Watermelon Woman (1996). Her recent Black Is Blue won four
major festival awards with its exploration of trans black men’s experiences of everyday racism and
transphobia. Other films include Mommy Is Coming, The Owls, My Baby’s Daddy, and Stranger
Inside. In this talk, Dunye will discuss her role as a storyteller as a means of empowerment for a variety of marginalized racial, sexual and political identities.
5/2 Trystan Cotten, "Feminism, Men, and Masculinity: A Trans/sectional Perspective"
Trystan Cotten, CSU Stanislaus Professor of Gender Studies and founding editor of Transgress Press,
teaches and has published six books and numerous articles on transgender and masculinity studies. His
current research focuses on migrations travelled by African Diasporic trans people. In explorations
between feminist and trans theory and politics, male privilege has been a chief concern, yet trans men,
especially of color, are underrepresented. In this talk, Dr. Cotten will explore the perspectives of trans
migrant men and men of color to offer a new transectional understanding of gender embodiment and
The Queer Studies Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the WGS Department, Queer Studies Minor, SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program, Associated Students Productions, HUB, and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies. Questions? Contact WGS Chair Don Romesburg: firstname.lastname@example.org