JNT Dialogue 2013: "The Queer Commons"

Featuring José Esteban Muñoz and Samuel Delany


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José Esteban Muñoz (1967–2013), Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, works in the fields of performance studies, aesthetics, queer theory, race and ethnicity, and critical theory. His first book, Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999), examines queer and racial issues from a performance-studies perspective; his second book, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity , was published in 2009 by NYU Press; his third book, Sense of Brown is forthcoming from Duke University Press. In addition, Muñoz has co-edited Pop Out: Queer Warhol (1996) with Jennifer Doyle and Jonathan Flatley and Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America (1997) with Celeste Fraser Delgado. and special issues of the journals of Social Text (“Queer Transextions of Race, Gender, Nation, 1997 and “What's Queer About Queer About Queer Studies Now,” 2005) and Women and Performance (“Queer Acts,” 1996 and “Between Psychoanalysis and Affect: A Public Feelings Project, 2009”).  He co-edits the book series Sexual Cultures for NYU Press.

Samuel Ray Delany, Jr.   (1942–) , also known as "Chip,” was born and raised in New York City's Harlem. A literary and cultural critic, Delany currently serves as the Director of the Graduate Creative Writing program at Temple University; he previously taught in the Poetics Program at SUNY–Buffalo and the University of Massachusetts–Amherst Comparative Literature department. Delany has won four Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, a Stonewall Book Award, the Pilgrim Award for outstanding science-fiction scholarship, as well as the William Whitehead Memorial Award for lifetime contribution to lesbian and gay literature. Best known for his science-fiction works, Delany was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2002.  In a career that spans 50 years, he has written criticism, the memoir  Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1998), several collections of essays and stories, and numerous novels—the most recent being   Dark Reflections   (2008) and   Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders   (2012).  Other   celebrated sci-fi works include Babel-17,   The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Dhalgren, and Return to Neveryon.

The 2013 JNT Dialogue took place on Monday, March 25 at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center Auditorium.

Previous JNT Dialogue events include:

2012 --"Nonhumans: Ecology, Ethics, Objects" with speakers Jeffrey J. Cohen and Timothy Morton

2011 -- "Failing to be Subjects: On Queerness and Negativity" with speakers Lauren Berlant and Jack Judith Halberstam

2010 -- "Globalization Now: Flows and Limits" with speakers Crystal Bartolovich and Paul Smith