Fall Quarter Schedule: “Playing in Relation”

We are excited to announce the Fall Quarter 2015 schedule for the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop.  This quarter’s theme is “Playing in Relation,” curated by Prof. Patrick Jagoda (English). This workshop invites conversations about different cultural forms and technological platforms of play, including videogames, analog games, virtual worlds, toys, performances, playgrounds, and make-believe. How does play open up questions about affect, imagination, desire, and precariousness, especially among people at play together? How do various types of play — from power plays to sexual play to playing with identity — emerge from different cultural forms and impact understandings of gender and sexuality?

Please Note: Workshops will be held on alternate Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:00pm in the first floor seminar room of 5733 S. University Avenue, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, October 6th: Patrick Jagoda (Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago), “Experimental Games: Gamification, Affect, and Non-sovereign Play”
Tuesday, October 20th: Nicole Morse (Graduate Student, Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago), “Selfies at Play: Activism and Identity Exploration In Zinnia Jones’ Self-Portraits”
Monday, November 9th: Peter McDonald (Graduate Student, Department of English Language and Literature), “‘Dancing, drinking, all the things that are pleasant in this world’: Post-45 Variations in Sex and Leisure”
Tuesday, November 17th: Dawn Herrera Helphand (Graduate Student, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago), “Play and the Foucauldian Subject”
Tuesday, December 1st: Doris Rusch (Assistant Professor for Game Design, DePaul University), “Outside In – A  (Female) Perspective on Designing (Different) Games”

Papers are made available in advance via our email list. If you are interested in joining the email list, go to http://lists.uchicago.edu/web/subscribe/sexuality-gender-wkshp or contact the workshop coordinators, Annie Heffernan and Rebecca Oh, at gssworkshop@gmail.com.

If you have any questions or accomodation requests, please don’t hesitate to contact the workshop coordinators at gssworkshop@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you on October 6th!

Rebecca and Annie

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