24 April 2023 - 24 April 2023
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Online, or in person at Elvet Riverside (ER145), 83 New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3AQ
Free to attend (no registration required)
Join us, either in person or online, for a seminar with guest speaker Dr Jennifer Evans, author of 'The Queer Art of History' (Duke University Press, 2023). Dr Evans will discuss her analysis of the fraught and also productive ways that Germans have responded to race, gender nonconformity, and sexuality in social movements, art, and everyday life, from post-war through to modern times.
'Two men dancing and kissing': painting by Raphael Perez (source: Wikimedia Commons)
In The Queer Art of History (Duke University Press, 2023), Jennifer Evans examines postwar and contemporary German history to broadly argue for a practice of queer history that moves beyond bounded concepts and narratives of identity. Drawing on Black feminism, queer of color critique, and trans studies, she argues that there remain fundamental struggles around whose bodies, behaviors, and communities belong in the expanded public sphere.
Evans uses kinship as an analytic category to identify the fraught and also productive ways that Germans have sought to confront race, gender nonconformity, and sexuality in social movements, art, and everyday life. Kinship illuminates the work of solidarity and intersectional organizing across difference and offers an openness to forms of contemporary and historical queerness that escapes the archive’s confines. In forging ties of kinship, whether emotional, intellectual, or social, queer and trans people test out new possibilities for citizenship, love, public and family life in postwar Germany.
Join us in person in Durham (Elvet Riverside room 145) or online, using this link:
Meeting ID: 925 1202 3570, Passcode: 156301
Professor Jennifer V Evans (Carleton University)
Jennifer Evans is Professor of History at Carleton University in Ottawa Canada. Alongside producing many books and articles on the history of sexuality, queer history, photography, and memory, she currently oversees a multi-year, multi-platform big data project on social media and the weaponization of history. Alongside academic writing, she undertakes collaborative digital projects. She is co-curator of the New Fascism Syllabus and a founding member of the German Studies Collaboratory.
Elvet Riverside (ER145); 83 New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3AQ OR via zoom: https://durhamuniversity.zoom.us/j/92512023570?pwd=YWZlRTFjOFM3aEF5S2d3WGlWYnNNQT09 Meeting ID: 925 1202 3570, Passcode: 156301