[csaa-forum] Reminder: Lauren Berlant @ Mardi Gras Queer Thinking Feb 19

Melissa Gregg melissa.gregg at sydney.edu.au
Mon Feb 14 14:23:46 CST 2011

New Mardi Gras, Sydney Ideas and the University of Sydney Department of
Gender and Cultural Studies present
Lauren Berlant, ³Structures of Unfeeling: Mysterious Skin²
Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney
February 19, 4pm
Usually when we talk about emotions they appear to us in the mode of
melodrama, with its inflated states of bodily performance. In contrast,
Raymond Williams' model of the structure of feeling places the historical
and the affective present not in performance but in affective residues that
constitute what's shared among strangers beneath the surface of explicit
life, saturating atmospheres of the unsaid, open secrets, inside knowledge,
and shared enigmas. Structures of Unfeeling: Mysterious Skin reads with
Heim's and Araki's work to think about a cultural style of underperformed
emotion that's post-melodramatic. It looks at contexts such as 20th century
avant-gardes, trauma publics, punk/goth negativity, LGBT and working class
sexual cultural styles, comic deadpan, and other modes in which affective
activity appears as inexpressive form, providing a holding space of delayed
response to the urgencies of the moment.

Lauren Berlant is George L. Pullman Professor of English Language and
Literature at the University of Chicago. She is the author of several books
and essays that have had a galvanizing effect on the field of queer studies,
including The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and
Citizenship (Duke University Press, 1997), The Female Complaint: The
Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture (Duke University
Press, 2008) and editor of ³Intimacy: A Special Issue,² Critical Inquiry
(Winter 1998).
To book, or for more details about the event and Queer Thinking:
Hope to see many of you there!
Dr Melissa Gregg

Department of Gender and Cultural Studies
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
Quadrangle Building A14
University of Sydney NSW 2006

New book: The Affect Theory Reader (edited with Gregory J Seigworth)
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