Kadji Amin

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Kadji Amin is Assistant Professor of Queer Studies Literary and Cultural Theory and the Spring 2015 Faculty Fellow at the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook. He is an active member of the Sexual Politics / Sexual Poetics Collective, a working group of early career Queer Studies scholars. He received his Ph.D. in Romance Studies (French) with a graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies from Duke University in 2009. His research and teaching interests include Queer Studies, queer temporality and historiography, the history of sexuality, affect studies, literary modernism, and transgender studies. He has published “Anachronizing the Penitentiary, Queering the History of Sexuality” in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, “Ghosting Transgender Historicity in Colette’s The Pure and the Impure” in L’Esprit Créateur, and “Spectral Mourning and Carceral Masculinities: Jean Genet's Miracle de la Rose” in French Studies.

He is working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Queer Attachments, which excavates the affective joint between Jean Genet, the Black Panthers, and the Palestinians in order to interrogate the expectations, orientations, and aspirations that animate contemporary Queer Studies. Each chapter begins with one of Genet’s imaginaries of attachment – queer historical orphanage, nostalgia for prison, racialized attraction, hatred of the state – and excavates it for the forgotten historical and theoretical questions it indexes. The chapters then bring this attachment genealogy to bear on hot-button issues in contemporary queer politics and scholarship – from prison abolition to homonationalism and pinkwashing to recent queer and feminist reevalutions of the Black Power Movement. By excavating “archaic” modes of queer attachment, Queer Attachments challenges Queer Studies to avow the historicity of its affective tendencies and to allow them to be unsettled and transformed by earlier modes of queer feeling. 

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Summer 2015

The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) is the world's oldest organization dedicated to the study, analysis, and teaching of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. On June 25-27, 2015, the annual conference will be held on Stony Brook campus, with scholars and writers from around the world in attendance (US, Canada, England, France, Germany, Poland, Israel, Russia, Brazil, Japan, China).

The topic of this year's conference is: The SF We Don't (Usually) See: Suppressed Histories, Liminal Voices, Emerging Media. The full conference website is at: http://sfra.org/sfra2015

CAT Colloquium Series

April 29, 2015
Professor Raiford Guins, "Atari Modern: A Design History of Atari's Coin-Op Cabinets, 1972-1979"
AC Deger, "Jumping Puzzles: Bringing 'Platforming' to Platform Studies"

April 1, 2015

Professor Gregory Ruf will be presenting "The Legend of White Horse: A haunting tale of community origins" and Laura Abbasi-Lemon will be presenting "On MILFs: The Rise of the Pornified New Momism."

Humanities Institute
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Provost's Graduate Student 

Lecture Series

Speaker: Beth Tsai
Lecture: Tsai Ming-liang at the Museum: Cinephilia, the French Connection, and Cinema in the Gallery 

Humanities Institute room 1008, Wednesday, February 25,2015, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

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Spring 2015

The Future(s) of Post-Socialism
Stony Brook University
April 17-18, 2015

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2015 
THE TINKER FOUNDATION’S FIELD RESEARCH GRANTS for Latin America and the Caribbean

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2015 Philosophy and the Arts Conference

 Outsides Schedule 2015.pdf

March 27th and 28th, 2015 in Manhattan

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Susan Bordo, Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University Kentucky

March 25, 2015  - 11:00 -1:00 p.m. 

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Italy across the Mediterranean:
Politics, Space, and Visual Culture from the Middle Ages to Early Modernity


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Department

New MA/PhD in Women's and Gender Studies

The Department is pleased to announce that the new MA/PhD program in Women's and Gender Studies has received official certification.  "Click here for more information"

  Faculty

Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Students

Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Kudos Newsletter 

        June 2015


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