The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, & Sexuality and the Society of Fellows/Heyman Center for the Humanities are joint-sponsoring an upcoming event in the IRWGS Extinction Thresholds series. We hope you'll join us for our Extinction Thresholds Symposium on Wednesday, February 26 at 12-3pm in the Heyman Center Common Room (on the 2nd floor). The symposium will feature presentations and discussion on the subject of extinction at its critical intersections with gender, sexuality, and race.
Please see below for an event schedule and description; a more detailed program is attached as a PDF and can also be found on the IRWGS blog. Light lunch will be provided.
As both a conceptual category with purchase across academic discourses and a material reality at once hyperpresent and historically entrenched, “extinction” is a rich site for timely interdisciplinary interventions. This symposium brings together a group of writers and scholars whose work explores the literary, political, ethical, and ontological dimensions of extinctions past, present and future. Among other questions, we will consider how to think extinction in ways that open up generative new possibilities for communication, relation, and knowledge formation beyond the category of the human.
12:00PM | Introductions: Tiana Reid, IRWGS Graduate Fellow and PhD Candidate in English and Comparative Literature (Columbia University)
12:10PM | Talk and Q&A: "The Extinctions of Geontopower," Elizabeth Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology (Columbia University)
1:00PM | IRWGS Graduate Student Panel:
- "On Surviving Extinction in the New World," Ami Yoon (PhD Candidate, English and Comparative Literature)
- "Orchidelirium as Environmental Imperialism in Leslie Marmon Silko's Gardens in the Dunes," Diana Newby (IRWGS Graduate Fellow and PhD Candidate in English & Comparative Literature)
- "Performing the Neurotic: Memory and Black Subjectivity 'At the End of the World' in Rivers Solomon's An Unkindness of Ghosts," Noni Carter (PhD Candidate in French and Romance Philology)
2:15PM | Reading and Discussion: "The Breaks: An End of the World Reckoning," Julietta Singh, ACLS Burkhardt Fellow (Columbia and University of Richmond)