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Restoring "Jason"

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
4:00 AM
2239 Lane Hall

Reparative Gestures and Dark Fabulation in the Queer Archive

A lecture by Tavia Nyong'o (Associate Professor of Performance Studies, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts)

This talk will broach ongoing debates in queer studies over the validity of reparative reading practices, through a discussion of the recent film restoration of Shirley Clarke's 1967 film "Portrait of Jason." Arguing neither for nor against reparation, the talk will look to the writings of Deleuze and Bergson on cinema, memory and duration in order to propose a queer ontology of the archive in which the recovered gesture is 'neither true nor false, yet fabulous.'

This lecture is presented by IRWG's Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative (LGQRI) with cosponsorship from the Department of American Culture and Screen Arts & Cultures.

Tavia Nyong'o