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“When I tell people I am gender non binary trans* femme, I first feel overwhelmed because that is a lot of words, and then confused because I don’t understand how a group of words that I not so long ago discovered in a language that isn’t my own can dictate so much in my life. I was initially thrilled to have a phrase to describe who I am after years of not being able to define myself. These days however, I have been feeling a disconnect with the terminology available to describe my gender to the ways in which I live my life, per my gender. Frankly, I do not even think about my gender that much, it is more of an evolving spiral of production and reproduction as opposed to a set-in-stone definition– And that is very exciting. “

 

http://www.originalplumbing.com/index.php/society-culture/travel/item/621-my-gender-in-the-face-of-colonialism-a-quest

B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies & The Faculty of Art, Design and Media at Brighton University present:

Cine Excess VIIEuropean Erotic Cinema: Identity, Desire and Disgust

Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham

15-17 November 2013

Over the last 6 years, the Cine-Excess International Film Conference and
Festival has brought together leading scholars and critics with global
cult filmmakers. Cine-Excess comprises of a 3 day conference alongside
plenary talks, filmmaker interviews and 5-7 UK theatrical premieres of
up and coming cult releases. The event also features its own dedicated
DVD label, with recent releases including the official UK Blu-ray
release of Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977). More recently, Cine-Excess
staff assisted with the new director’s cut of Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal
Holocaust (1979), in conjunction with UK distributor Shameless Films.

Previous guests of honour to the annual Cine-Excess event have included
John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers, Trading
Places), Roger Corman (The Masque of the Red Death, The Little Shop of
Horrors, The Intruder, The Wild Angels, Bloody Mama), Stuart Gordon
(Re-Animator, King of the Ants, Stuck), Brian Yuzna (Society, Beyond
Re-Animator, The Dentist), Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria, Inferno)
Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, The Hole), Franco Nero (Django, Keoma,
Die Hard II), Vanessa Redgrave (Blow Up, The Devils, Julia), Ruggero
Deodato (Last Cannibal World, Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of
the Park) Enzo G. Castellari (Keoma, The Inglorious Bast***s) and Sergio
Martino (Torso, All the Colours of the Dark).

With the recent relocation of Cine-Excess to the University of Brighton,
a number of new developments connected to the event have been announced.
These include the 2013 launch of the peer-reviewed Cine-Excess
E-Journal, which will publish a selection of papers from the event on a
twice yearly basis, while a new Cine-Excess feature film arm is also in
development in conjunction with a range of international partners.

For this year’s event Cine-Excess is proud to be working with the
University of Birmingham’s newly formed B-Film: The Birmingham Centre
for Film Studies as part of the Cine-Excess VII event.

Cine-Excess VII considers Europe’s long and controversial relationship
with the erotic image, considering the extent to which cult European
traditions of desire reveal fascinating issues of nation and regional
distinction.

From mainstream cinema’s first nude scene in Ekstase (1933) and the
extreme arthouse imagery of Romance (1999) via the exploitation films of
Joe D’Amato and Jess Franco, Europe has always been at the cutting edge
of cinematic depictions of the erotic, pushing the boundaries of what it
is legitimate to represent on screen. Employing varied genres and
filmmaking modes – from the pseudo-educational sex films of Scandinavia
and Germany to the surrealist exploits of Walerian Borowczyk or the arty
bourgeois respectability of Emmanuelle (1974) – European cinema has
shifted the paradigms through which the (eroticised) body can be
represented and consumed, blurring and problematizing the boundaries
between ‘art’ and ‘exploitation’. Often these celluloid sexual
experimentations also traverse accepted boundaries of desire and
disgust, with unsettling and controversial results. In so doing, these
films prompt a profound re-mapping of the body, as well as of the
concepts of art, commerce and even the very notion of ‘European’.

This conference will explore the history of European erotic cinema from
a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, while also
considering a range of national traditions of carnality across a wide
range of visual media that include film, television, literature, comics
and digital media.

Several well-known filmmakers of European erotic cinema will also be in
attendance to discuss their work and interact with academic speakers.
Proposals are now invited for papers on any aspect of European cinema.
However, we would particularly welcome contributions focusing on:
* The National and the Naughty: eroticism and European identity;
* Carnal and Cruel: Euro erotica and the horrific
* New Territories, Old Taboos: Extreme desires in the new Europe;
* Erotic Auteurs: Case-studies of the carnal cineaste;
* Sin, Surgery and Sutures: The medicalization of European erotica;
* Trans-generic desires: eroticism as celluloid hybrid;
* Art or Arousal:  Problematic distinctions between pornography and
the European erotic;
* Deviant Distinctions: The erotic in ‘art’ and ‘exploitation’ cinema;
* Carnal Cravings: Questions of consumption and reception;
* Against God and State: Censorship and the erotic image;
* >From Desire to Disgust: Conflicted carnalities, confused cycles;
* The Politics of the Erotic: Historical case-studies of arousal;
* Basic Instincts: the cinema of Paul Verhoeven, Catherine Breillat
and Just Jaeckin;
* 50 States of Grey: European traditions of titillation abroad;
* The Devil Within Her: Erotic Desires and the female body;
* >From Page to Porn: Adaptations of the literary erotic;
* Institutions of Excess: Case-studies of European distribution;
* Queer Europe: From the experimental frame to the exploitation image;
* Small Screen Thrills: TV and erotic traditions;
* Iconic Excess: Case-studies of erotic performance;
* Brown Skins, White Marks: The transnational/transitional erotic
body in film;
* Sex and the Unsafe Space: Domestic fears and the erotics of home
invasion

We welcome individual paper submissions, panels and roundtable proposals
related to a range of European regions and traditions. Please send a
300-word abstract and a short (one page) C.V. by the 17th September 2013 to:

Alex Marlow-Mann (a.p.marlowmann@bham.ac.uk) or Xavier Mendik
(x.mendik@brighton.ac.uk)

A selection of conference papers from the event are scheduled to be
published in the Cine-Excess E-Journal and as a separate anthology.

For further information and regular updates on the event (including
information on guests, keynotes and screenings) please visit
www.cine-excess.co.uk

A public lecture by Prof Jack Halberstam:

Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal

August 21st 18:00-20:00
Graduate Seminar Room, Southwest Engineering, East Campus

 
Book cover for "Gaga Feminism" by Jack Halberstam of USC Dornsife

“My book Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) made
the claim that the “existing conditions” under which the building blocks of human identity
were imagined and cemented in the last century—what we call gender, sex, race and
class—have changed so radically that new life can be glimpsed ahead. Our task is […] as
Nietzsche suggests … to impose upon the categorical chaos and crisis that surrounds us
only “as much regularity and form as our practical needs require.” The goal here is to
learn how to read contemporary shifts in the meaning of sexuality and gender as
indicative of other shifts and changes in the culture at large.”

Jack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender
Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California.
Halberstam’s most prolific publications include Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and
the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP,
1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure
(Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal
(Beacon Press, 2012).

(Sent by Mehita I.)

MASCULINITIES
a journal of identity and culture

It’s been almost 20 years now since R.W. Connell published her groundbreaking and inspiring work, Masculinities, and masculinity studies has become a major field of study, a conceptual domain ready to come out of the closet, and a central critical point of reference in gender, identity, power and trans-anything discussions. The debate over the public visibility and hierarchy of gendered identities has manifested itself as a complicated conflict area more strongly than ever. It has often been reassured that it is of utmost importance to define and redefine the scope of masculinity studies, to establish its basic methodology, and maintain a balance between the ambiguity of interdisciplinary studies and objectivity of a scientific field.
We have been working on a peer reviewed online journal that will be published biannually in English and that will serve to provide an independent forum for issues of gender, identity and culture, with a particular emphasis on masculinity studies. Masculinities offers a joint ground for the interdisciplinary and pioneering research in the field of gender and masculinity, necessarily outreaching into arts, literature, history, sociology, philosophy, communications, linguistics, and medicine so as to enable researchers to share their work, discuss prospective projects, learn from each other, and inspire young scholars.
We invite scholarly and critical contributions, including articles, book and film reviews, reviews of the published articles as well as announcements of forthcoming events, conference reports, and information on other matters of interest to gender studies and/or masculinity studies for the inaugural issue to be published in June 2013. The contributions to the journal should be sent to the email address given below as of April 15, 2013 and they may be related (but not limited) to the topics listed below. You can visit our website for the submission guidelines and further details and you can join our email group that provides updates and recent news as well as announcements and call for papers for the symposiums and journals on masculinity and gender studies.

website: http://masculinitiesjournal.wordpress.com
mail: masculinitiesjournal@gmail.com
mail group: https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en&fromgroups=#!forum/masculinitiesjourna