Juana Maria Rodriguez to deliver Sally Miller Gearheart Lecture

January 27, 2017
11:00 amto12:30 pm

Crater Lake South
Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
1222 E. 13th Ave.
UO campus

“Feeling Photography, Visualizing Testimony, Imagining Alterity”

Keynote, Sally Gearheart Lecture, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Oregon

Professor Juana Maria Rodriguez, University of California, Berkeley

Abstract: This paper considers two books of photography that document the lives of the residents of a home for elderly sex workers in Mexico City in order to ask: What does “seeing” tell us about the subjective experiences of those whose life stories we are invested in knowing? And how does the visual presence of the speaking subject of auto/biography complicate narratives of their lives? This paper probes the ways forms of representation that combine biographical narrative with visual documentation transform our affective encounters with the social and sexual lives of sex workers in order to question the kinds of interpretive practices we bring to these knowledge projects. In the process, this paper reflects on how images and text function as complicated triggers for the attachments, identifications, desires, and traumas of our own corporeal embodiments and sexual histories.

Bio: Juana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU Press 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU Press 2014), which recently won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize at the MLA and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Foundation for LGBT Studies. Professor Rodríguez has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies and queer theory; Latin/o American and Caribbean literature and culture; critical race studies; and technology and media arts and her work has appeared in a range of scholarly journals including GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory; Radical History Review; boundaries 2; a/b: Auto/Biography Studies; Genre: Forms of Discourse, PMLA, and Profession.



Writing Hacks for Academics led by Juana Maria Rodriguez, Ph.D.

1:00 PM, Jane Grant Room (330 Hendricks Hall)

This workshop is geared for both advanced graduate students and early career professors and will focus on developing organizational strategies that expand the synergies between teaching and research. This hands-on workshop will address bibliographic software programs, time management issues, writing software, soliciting feedback, writing groups, accountability, and work-life balance. Bring your laptop!

Light lunch is provided. Please RSVP to Margaret Rhee (mrhee@uoregon.edu).

Special thanks to our co-sponsors: Center for the Study of Women in Society, LGBT Education and Support Services and the Departments of Ethnic Studies, English, and Sociology.