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Talk Examines “The Secret Life of the Counterarchive: Queer Artists and their Archives”

Wednesday January 30, 2013
7:00 PM • Avaya Auditorium, ACE 2.302

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The Humanities Institute continues its lecture series on the theme of “Public & Private” with a talk by cultural studies scholar Ann Cvetkovich. Cvetkovich’s talk, “The Secret Life of Counterarchive: Queer Artists and their Archives,” will focus on the current state of LGBTQ archives and the creative use of them by artists to create counterarchives and interventions in public history. It will be followed by discussion.

Cvetkovich is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, and also holds an appointment in Women’s and Gender Studies. Post-9/11, Cvetkovich organized the Public Feelings research group. Dedicated to the exploration of the role of feelings in public life and the effort to give feminist perspectives wider impact, the interdisciplinary group includes scholars from the University of Texas and other institutions. She has been coeditor, with Annamarie Jagose, of GLQ:  A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Her work has been recognized by many grants and honors, including a Rockefeller Fellowship from Columbia University, the Gilbert Teaching Award and Contributor of the Year Award from the University of Texas Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the University of Texas College Research Fellowship. She was also the co-Principal Investigator for the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Grant received by the University of Texas.

She is the celebrated author of "Mixed Feelings:  Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism" (Rutgers 1992) and "An Archive of Feelings:  Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures" (Duke 2003), which Judith Halbestram called “queer cultural studies at its finest!” With Ann Pellegrini, she co-edited  “Public Sentiments,” a special issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online, and, with Janet Staiger and Ann Reynolds, co-edited Political Emotions (Routledge 2010).  Her most recent book is "Depression:  A Public Feeling" (Duke 2012) about which Sally Munt, of the Times Higher Education Chronicle, writes “Cvetkovich offers us an introduction to thinking critically about depression's causes and its manifestations as well as, perhaps, the localised tactics that are necessary to enable recovery.”

This event is free and open to the public.The lecture will take place in the Avaya Auditorium, ACE 2.302. The ACE building is located on the Southeast corner of Speedway and 24th Street. Parking is available in the nearby garage at 24th and San Jacinto; please call for arrangments for disabled parking.

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