SISS 2017: Carrie Mae Weems and the Question of Brown Jouissance - Public Lecture by Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser

June 7, 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
519 Kaneff, York University
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3J 1P0

The Centre for Feminist Research at York University presents:

Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies (SISS) 2017
Perversion at the Crossroads of Critical Race Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Queer Theory     

Carrie Mae Weems and the Question of Brown Jouissance
Public Lecture by Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser

Introduced by Dr. Sheila Cavanagh

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
519 Kaneff, York University

Carrie Mae Weems’ 1995-1996 installation “From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried” provides an opportunity to meditate on the discourses of woundedness that permeate much thinking on race, affect, and masochism while also allowing us to theorize brown jouissance. Following Lacan, Dr. Musser takes jouissance to be the experience of being a body, “‘something’ lived by a body when pleasure stops being pleasure”. This lecture dwells on jouissance in order to retain the ambivalence of emotion that is provoked by Weems' invocation of tears. Brown jouissance offers to consider this opacity as strategic, masochistic, and deeply connected to the flesh, and enables a rethinking of the relationship between psychoanalysis, femininity, and race.

Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include critical race theory, queer theory, and sexuality studies. Her monograph Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism was recently published by NYU Press, and she is currently at work on another project tentatively titled "Brown Jouissance: Feminine Imaginings."

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With support from a SSHRC Connection Grant and York University: Office of the Vice President Academic & Provost; Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation; the Faculty of Education; the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies; the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Glendon Gender and Women’s Studies Program; the Sexuality Studies Program; Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School; Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought; Department of Anthropology; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Social Science; and the Centre for Feminist Research.

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