Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's "Between Men" at Thirty:

Queer Studies Then and Now

Friday 23 October, 2015
10am - 5:30pm, $0

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

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To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's paradigm-shifting Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire. The Graduate Center, CUNY, in collaboration with the History of Art Department at the University of York, will host a one-day, interdisciplinary and international conference addressing both the singular impact of Sedgwick's ground-breaking work and its multiple and on-going ramifications.

"Universally cited as the text that ignited gay studies,” according to Rolling Stone magazine, and as "in many ways the book that turned queer theory from a latent to a manifest discipline,” the symposium features a series of short papers engaging with the text, its reception, and its relevance to the evolving field of queer studies. Additionally, a panel of editors who have published, and continue to publish, Sedgwick’s writing will discuss working with her and the nature of her authorship as its image or significance changed over the decades.

The reception will feature exhibits of two new publications: A thirtieth anniversary edition from Columbia University Press of Sedgwick’s Between Men, with a new foreword by Wayne Koestenbaum, and a chapbook by Guillotine Press of a previously unpublished 1990 essay of Sedgwick’s,  [Censorship & Homophobia], with a foreword and notes by Sarah McCarry.


Talk Session 1  10:00-11:30 am
[Moderator: Jason Edwards, University of York]
Wayne Koestenbaum, CUNY Graduate Center
Angus Brown, University of Oxford
Kathryn Kent, Williams College
Michael Moon, Emory University

Panel “Publishing Eve”  11:30am-1:00pm  
[Moderator: Andrew Parker, Rutgers University]
Jennifer Crewe, Columbia University Press
William Germano, Cooper Union
Sarah McCarry, Guillotine Press
Nancy K. Miller, CUNY Graduate Center
Ken Wissoker, Duke University Press and CUNY Graduate Center

Lunch  1:00-2:30pm

Talk Session 2  2:30-4:00pm  
[Moderator: Joshua Wilner, City College and Graduate Center, CUNY]
Jason Edwards, University of York
Carolyn Williams, Rutgers University (New Brunswick)
Ben Westwood, University of Oxford
Cathy Davidson, CUNY Graduate Center

Talk Session 3  4:00-5:30pm  
[Moderator: Carolyn Williams, Rutgers University (New Brunswick)]
Michele Wallace, CUNY Graduate Center
Ben Nichols, Kings College, London
Sharon Marcus, Columbia University
Jonathan Goldberg, Emory University

Reception  5:30-7:00pm

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