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Tweets about the 5-6 December 2013 symposium at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, organized by Ruth Nicole Brown, Karen Flynn, Fiona I.B. NgÃ´, and Mimi Thi Nguyen, with Susan Livingston. These are more or less in chronological order.
Did you miss the conference, or just want to relive the amazingness all over again? Here are the collected tweets about the conference and shows. We will also have photos and videos posted to Hip Hop and Punk Feminisms soon!
Queerness is not yet here. Queerness is an ideality. Put another way, we are not yet queer. We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality. We have never been queer, yet queerness exists for us as an ideality that can be distilled…
From GWS Chair Chantal Nadeau: “It is with great sorrow that I share with you the sudden passing of queer scholar of color extraordinaire José Esteban Muñoz. José died December 4, 2013, in New York City at the age of 46. He authored two landmark books: Disindentification: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (Minnesota UP, 1999), and Cruising Utopia: the Then and There of Queer Futurity (NYU Press, 2009) and edited numerous provocative and ground-breaking scholarly articles and collections. He left behind an incredibly rich intellectual legacy and for those of us who knew him personally the void left by his death is immense and will be felt for many years to come. He was a true queen of the heart and he will be missed dearly.”
Punk. Hip-hop. Feminism. Three seemingly unrelated subcultures will be brought together and looked under the same lens during the Hip Hop and Punk Feminisms: Theory, genealogy, performance on Thursday and Friday in the Asian American Cultural Center Lounge at 9 a.m.
The local student paper writes up the Hip Hop and Punk Feminisms symposium, organized by GWS faculty Ruth Nicole Brown, Karen Flynn, Fiona I.B. Ngô, and Mimi Thi Nguyen and graduate student Susan Livingston, with quotes from the fabulous Anna Vo and the legendary Alice Bag!
All daytime events take place at the Asian American Cultural Center
1205 W. Nevada St., Urbana
All nighttime performances take place at Lincoln Hall Theater
702 S. Wright St., Champaign
ALL EVENTS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This conference will bring together artists, activists and academics to stage new conversations about women of color and women of color feminisms across cultural forms too often perceived to be wholly distinct – hip hop and punk. Both hip hop and punk have received significant scholarly attention since the 1970s, but despite their near-simultaneous emergence in global cities wrought anew through multiple, devastating wars and global economic restructuring, rarely are the two brought into conversation with each the other. With this conference, we hope to disrupt status quo narratives and present wholly new analytic and aesthetic investigations about race, sex, and the creation of categories of deviance; queer of color critique and women of color feminist epistemologies; social movements, activism, and art; and much more.
In addition to scholars and activists, including a roundtable helmed byMichelle Habell-Palan from the Women Who Rock Research and Archive Project, the symposium will bring together notable female hip-hop DJs, MCs and punk performers. These guest performers/speakers include: Alice Bag, lead singer of the Bags, the first female fronted punk band to play the Masque during the West Coast punk revolution of 1977, Detroit’s Invincible, Chicago native T.R.U.T.H., and Canada’s first Queen of Hip Hop, Michie Mee. Workshops held during the day include “black feminist beat making” and zine making. For a full schedule, see: http://hiphopandpunkfeminisms.weebly.com
ORGANIZERS: Ruth Nicole Brown, Karen Flynn, Fiona I.B. Ngô, and Mimi Thi Nguyen with Susan Livingston
This symposium is generously paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee, the University of Illinois Research Board Diversity Funding Pilot Initiative, and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies; co-sponsored by African American Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, Art and Design, Asian American Studies, EPOL (Education, Policy, Organization, and Leadership), English, History, Latina/o Studies, the LGBT Resource Center, Media and Cinema Studies, and the Women’s Resource Center; and supported by La Casa, the Native American House, and the Unit for Criticism.