Wild Things: A Conversation with Jack Halberstam and Jane Bennett

OCT 26, 2020 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM

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October 26, 2020: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM




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Jack Halberstam and Jane Bennett will write up, call in, thrum to the poetry of wildness and meet in a vibratory encounter designed not to explain or judge but to dilate, to influence, and to disorder. We will speak of desire and non-human worlds. We will shift our two books, Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire and Influx and Efflux: Writing Up with Walt Whitman into each other’s orbits and let shapes of a conversation emerge. Attending to process, luxuriating in profusion, we will seek multitudes and migrations and we will not force them into coherence or congruence. Please join us to celebrate these books, to embrace bewilderment and to contemplate the erotics of the wild.

Jack Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of seven books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011), Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and, a short book titled Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variance (University of California Press).  Halberstam’s latest book, forthcoming in October 2020 from Duke UP is titled Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire. Places Journal awarded Halberstam its Arcus/Places Prize in 2018 for innovative public scholarship on the relationship between gender, sexuality and the built environment. Halberstam  is now finishing a second volume on wildness titled: The Wild Beyond: Music, Architecture and Anarchy.

Jane Bennett is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. Her recent essays have appeared in Grain/Vapor/Ray (on Odradek and the end of the world), Evental Aesthetics (special issue on Vital Materialism), MLN (on mimesis), LA+Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, and Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung (on walking). She is the author of Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (2010); The Enchantment of Modern Life (2001); Thoreau's Nature (1994), and Unthinking Faith and Enlightenment, (1987). Her new book is Influx & Efflux: Writing up with Walt Whitman (2020).  She loves plants.