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Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal – a public lecture by Prof Jack Halberstam

6pm - 8pm
Graduate Seminar Room, Southwest Engineering, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand

The Wits Centre for Diversity Studies and the Transformation Office is pleased to present a public lecture by Prof Jack Halberstam.

Prof Halberstam will discuss his most recent book, Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and  the End of Normal.

Prof Halberstam had the following to say about the event: 'My book Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal 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 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).

Don't miss this thought-provoking and engaging talk by one of the world's leading gender theorists.

21 August, 6pm - 8 pm
Graduate Seminar Room (Southwest Engineering, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand)
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