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The Center for Cultural Studies and the Queer Theory Research Cluster present:


WEDNESDAY, June 10 / 12:30 PM / Humanities 420

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On Wednesday, June 10 at 12:30, during the time normally set aside for the Cultural Studies colloquium, the Queer Theory Research Cluster and the Center invite you to a remembrance for Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, an activist-scholar whose work and person are cherished by many of us at UCSC.

We invite people to share personal remembrances of Sedgwick and/or accounts of the effect of her life and work on our own lives and scholarship. Participants may also choose to read passages from Sedgwick's writing that have significance for them, or attend simply to listen to others.

We ask that those who wish to speak limit their remarks to seven minutes. (Two pieces from the collection Regarding Sedgwick, one by Lauren Berlant and the other by James Kincaid, will be available on the Cultural Studies web site for those who would like to read them.)

Sedgwick died after a protracted battle with breast cancer on April 12, 2009. With the ongoing concerns of teaching, research, administration, political struggle, and economic recession, many of us have not yet had the chance to reflect on her passing. We hope that this event will provide a fitting space for shared reflection.

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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick was Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. Before that she worked for many years as a Professor of English at Duke University. She was a key figure in the formation of the field that would come to be known as queer theory, through her books Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire (1985) and, especially, Epistemology of the Closet (1990). Since then, her scholarship has continued to be important to queer studies, literary studies, performance studies, gender studies, material culture, affect studies, and numerous other fields. Sedgwick has also been a practitioner and exponent of experimental critical writing, often bridging the personal, the political, and the critical in her essays. Her most recent book, Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, and Performativity (Duke UP, 2003), continues to generate dialogue across a wide range of disciplines and projects.

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