new neighbourhood new signage
who knew that my actual spiritual home is in australia.
5 Mar 2014 / 4 notes
5 Mar 2014 / 3 notes
5 Mar 2014 / 11 notes
free and open to the public! all you do is show up.
4 Mar 2014 / 1 note
speaking of girls. the rest of the schedule for the living labor conference at nyu is here. sianne ngai and fred moten are both speaking.
4 Mar 2014 / 25 notes
every time i think i’m not going to write about girls again i write about girls again. (every time i think i’m not going to act like a girl again i act like a girl again.) i hope that people who kind of hate the conversations around “girl culture” and the recuperation of the girl figure consider submitting to the w&p issue, too.
4 Mar 2014 / 9 notes
fyi: lupita nyong’o is the cousin of tavia nyong’o, and though tavia is a professor in my department and on my committee (and i like him), i didn’t go to his birthday party this year, because it was last-minute and i got overwhelmed by the combination of heels and rain. it turns out she was at the party which: i already felt bad about not going.
3 Mar 2014 / 11 notes
Call for papers for a Special Issue of Women & Performance
Issue Guest Editor: Kimberly Lamm
Women and Performance invites submissions for a special issue, titled “Texting Girls: Images, Words, and Sounds in Neoliberal Cultures of Femininity.” This issue seeks to analyze how the figure of “the girl,” and the forms of femininity with which she has been traditionally associated, has reappeared in this current period of neoliberal transformation. We welcome papers attentive to how representations of girls figure into the contradictions of neoliberalism. On the one hand, “girl power” commodities that solicit girls to make themselves visible and audible within the grammars of neoliberal enterprise have proven that girls (and their proto-feminist sensibilities) are a highly profitable consumer market. On the other hand, girls are also imagined to possess a sexual integrity and affective spontaneity that resist capitalism’s encroachment. Either way, girls seem to be flattened to conflate with neoliberalism; they emblematize the hope for a productive future that encourages capitalist speculation; they also figure for anxieties about the compromises entailed by capitalism unbound. These flat and contradictory formulations are played out quite explicitly in global development and corporate responsibility campaigns, which position girls as either triumphant and idealized citizen-subjects who embody the neoliberal dream of self-sufficiency, or “girl spectacles” of poverty, suffering, and risk in need of protection, their reproductive capacities exploited and unchecked. This nexus of issues points to the ongoing need for analyses of how girls have been central to the production of neoliberalism as a highly gendered project.
“Texting Girls” posits that, in contradistinction to neoliberalism’s reliance upon traditional gendered scripts to represent neoliberal triumph and vulnerability, theorists and practitioners of contemporary art can help undo the conflation between girls and capitalism by reading her images, sounds, and words as texts that bring layers of conflict and nuance to the category of femininity. How do artistic and theoretical productions compose and undo the materiality of the image, the physicality of sound, and the mediations of linguistic and electronic “texts” to reflect upon and engage with the gendering at work in neoliberalism? How would neoliberalism look, sound or feel if we were to analyze it through the ambivalent figures that both secure and endanger its ideological composition?
The neoliberal girl appears in a highly visual guise. However, with the popularity of sound art, now is a good time to inquire into the ways in which the qualities of sonic landscapes, particularly those that ventriloquize concepts of origin or play with the immaterial and the durational, might complicate or undo the visual cultures that constitute feminized girlhood. We are also interested in scholarship attentive to contemporary poetry and poetics (particularly as they inflect and are inflected by visual and sound art) as poetry’s imaginative inscriptions on the textual space of the page might be uniquely capable of slowing down and unraveling the imbrications of sounds, images, and words that constitute the girl’s various appearances as well as the dialectical play of submissions and subversions her figurations imply. Given the long-standing dismissal of girls and femininity on aesthetic and political grounds, the rich array of aesthetic projects (of which sound art, visual art and poetry are only a few) that take up girls as subjects can be understood as a counter to the popularly assumed mimetic equivalence between girls and capitalism. We seek essays that focus on contemporary art (broadly conceived) to reveal that the texts constituting the contemporary girl are not simply sites of capitalism’s dominance but figure for strange possibilities that demand new analytical frameworks.
Potential topics/possible intersections, might include but are not limited to:
- The girl in contemporary visual art, poetry and sound art.
- The development of feminist theories and hermeneutics for the visual art, poetry and sound art in which the girl figures.
- The metaphor of the girl in aesthetic, cultural and economic analysis.
- The affective labors of the girl and the production of value.
- Differential productions of the girl in global capitalism.
- The girl and reproductive futurity.
- The dialectics of spectacle and disposability in representations of girlhood.
- The girl as agent and object of social media.
- The racialization of femininity, youth as a locus of racial formation and anxiety.
- The girl, femininity, and the possibilities of queer childhood.
- The girl in theory: Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Luce Irigaray, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Giorgio Agamben, Tiqqun, and others.
- The girl within histories and theorizations of post and third-wave feminism.
- Aesthetic and stylistic characteristics associated with girls, girlishness, and femininity.
- The girl between the market and the underground.
Deadline: June 1, 2014