2017 Noted Scholars Lecture Series

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Save the dates! We are so thrilled to announce the speakers lineup for our 2017 Noted Scholars Lecture Series. Our theme this year is Disturbing Academia: Scholarship in the Neoliberal University. Free and open to the public.



Dr. Eric Cazdyn, Distinguished Professor of Aesthetics and Politics, University of Toronto

Dr. Eric Cazdyn

“The Blindspot of the University”

Date: February 1, 2017 | 12pm – 1pm
Venue: Room 028, Jack Bell

What is a blindspot? And what might it teach us about how we look, how we think, how we desire, and how change occurs in the world? I have built a blindspot machine (a unique camera rig) that, instead of exposing blindspots (the violent desire of the dominant university discourse), produces them. “To produce the blindspot,” it will be argued, can be understood today as a unifying principle of radical art, politics, and intellectual work.


Dr. Dory Nason, Senior Instructor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, UBC

Dr. Dory Nason

Date: February 15, 2017 | 12pm – 1pm
Venue: University of British Columbia

Dr. Dory Nason is Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her areas of research include contemporary Indigenous Feminisms and related Native women’s intellectual history and literature. At UBC, Professor Nason teaches Indigenous Literature and Criticism; Indigenous Theory and Research Methods; and Indigenous Feminisms. Dory recently co-edited the volume Tekahionwake: E. Pauline Johnson’s Writings on Native America (Broadview Press, 2016) along with Dr. Margery Fee (UBC English). She is currently at work on her book manuscript, Red Feminist Voices: Native Women’s Activist Literature. She and Dr. Glen Coulthard were also featured contributors to the groundbreaking anthology, The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement (ARP Books), which was released to great acclaim in March 2014.


Dr. Kyoo (Q) Lee, Associate Professor, Philosophy, City University of New York

Dr. Kyoo (Q) Lee

“Who Reads The Second Sex Today? A Queer Translingual Contemporization”

Date: March 1, 2017 | 12pm – 1pm
Venue: Room 028, Jack Bell

« On ne naît pas femme: on le devient. »: “One is not born but becomes (a) woman,” thus spake Simone de Beauvoir in Le deuxième sexe (1949), The Second Sex (1953, 2009). How, and in what language(s), would one read that line today in the age of gender variance and trans revolution? Why The Second Sex again? This lecture spotlights the queer translingual simplexity of the Beauvoirean lifeline, its conceptual genius that appears second to none.


DR. Roderick Ferguson, Professor, African American and Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago

Dr. Roderick Ferguson

“The Contents of Rotimi’s Trunk: A Chapter in The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora

Date: March 15, 2017 | 12pm – 1pm
Venue: Room 310, Neville Scarfe Building

This talk engages the themes of the panel by analyzing the trunk that belonged to the British Nigerian queer artist Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989). Fani-Kayode’s photographs are well known for how they overlay Yoruba and Christian iconographies with homoerotic depictions of black men. This talk will explore the contents of that trunk, including the little known paintings that Fani-Kayode did early in his career, as an archive of black migration and the workings of sexuality, race, empire, and diaspora.


Dr. C. Riley Snorton, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies & Research Center, Cornell University

Dr. C. Riley Snorton

“A Nightmarish Silhouette”

Date: March 29, 2017 | 12pm – 1pm
Venue: Global Lounge

In “A Nightmarish Silhouette,” Snorton situates the ascendance of Christine Jorgensen, dubbed America’s first transsexual celebrity, alongside myriad projects of U.S. imperial conquest and various forms of violent racist suppression at home. Focusing on the media narratives of Lucy Hicks Anderson, Georgia Black, and James McHarris/Annie Lee Grant that emerged in the black press, this talk offers other ways to narrate how black trans figures were mobilized to meditate on intramural black life, not simply as it related to matters of gender and sexuality but as it pertained to shifting notions of human valuation.