// Archive for 2013

Lecture in Vienna on Dormancy

I’ll be giving a keynote lecture this week at the conference Not Now! Now! The very exciting temporal politics of arts-based research at the Art Academy in Vienna. The title of my talk is “Dormancy: Art, Timing, and the Politics of Suspension,” and takes its starting point in the works by one of my favorite artists, Henriette Heise.  This is how the organizer, Renate Lorenz, describe the framework of the conference:

The conference NOT NOW! NOW! focuses on chronopolitics. While the field of temporality studies is relatively wide, the conference will lay special emphasis on the question of the temporal politics in the field of art. The conference departs from the premise that artistic practices are considered a productive means to challenge orderly and rigid temporal concepts and their effects on bodies andthe organising of the social: How exactly and by which formats andmethods can artistic practices intervene into normative, “straight,” linear and normalizing concepts of time? A specific selection of exemplary art works as well as recent debates in postcolonial andqueer studies will be the starting points for our commondiscussions.

Lectures by: Sharon Hayes (New York), Mathias Danbolt (Kopenhagen), Nana Adusei-Poku (Berlin), Jamika Ajalon (London, Suzana Milevska (Skopje / Wien).

Inputs by: Yva Jung (London), Ana Hoffner (Vienna), Dana Samuel (Montréal), Rana Öztürk (Dublin), Yasmine Eid Sabbagh (Vienna), Mara Lee Gerden (Gothenburg), Andrea Ray (Malmö), Ingrid Cogne (Vienna)

“Exhibition” with works by: Sharon Hayes, Ana Hoffner, Anna Tzini, Henriette Heise, Xiaoyan Men, Tanya Ostojic.

The conference starts on Thursday, October 17, at 3pm  and continues on  Friday, October 18. It all happens on Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna, Aktzeichensaal (conference) / Aula (exhibition). Detailed program here.

New article: ‘The Trouble with Straight Time’ – and other sticky happenings

The anthology Performing Archives/Archives of Performance, edited by Rune Gade and Gunhild Borggreen is just out from Museum Tusculaneum Press. I have an article in it about the film installation N.O. Body (2008) by Renate Lorenz and Pauline Boudry called “The Trouble with Straight Time.” I am quite honored to have my text in company of work by scholars such as Amelia Jones, Heike Roms, Tracy Davis, and many many others.

This is how the publisher presents the book on their homepage:

Performing Archives/Archives of Performance contributes to the ongoing critical discussions of performance and its disappearance, of the ephemeral and its reproduction, of archives and mediatized recordings of liveness. The many contributions by excellent scholars and artists from a broad range of interdisciplinary fields as well as from various locations in research geographies demonstrate that despite the extensive discourse on the relationship between performance and the archive, inquiry into the productive tensions between ephemerality and permanence is by no means outdated or exhausted. New ways of understanding archives, history, and memory emerge and address theories of enactment and intervention, while concepts of performance constantly proliferate and enable a critical focus on archival residue. The contributions in Performing Archives/Archives of Performance cover philosophical inquiries as well as discussions of specific art works, performances, and archives.

If you happen to be in San Francisco or the Bay Area next week, I will be participating in a roundtable discussion at the book release on June 27 between 15.30-17.3o at Stanford University during the Performance Studies international #19 conference.


During PSi at Stanford University, I will also be giving a paper on Friday June 29 in the Old Union Second Floor Men’s Room (!) in the panel-party “We Need To Talk About Semen” that I have organized with Katie Brewer Ball, Johanna Lindsey, and Benjamin Haber. My paper is entitled “History in a Cup: Matt Wolf’s Smalltown Boys and the Artificial Reproduction of Queer Activism”… and I hope our panel will turn out to be ripe with sticky thoughts!

PhD Defense, January 29 & 30 at University of Bergen

I will be defending my PhD thesis Touching History: Art, Performance, and Politics in Queer Times on Wednesday January 30 at 9.30 at the University of Bergen, Norway. After years of research I am looking forward to defending my thesis and celebrate the culmination of my time as a student.

A PhD defense is quite an elaborate public affair in Norway, as it stretches across two days. Here is some information about the program for those who might be interested in attending the event.

* January 29, 2013, at 16.30: Trial lecture for PhD degree on a given topic in Auditorium B, Sydneshaugen skole, University of Bergen, Sydnesplass 9. (The evaluation committee of my disseration has given me a topic two weeks in advance that I have to prepare a one hour public lecture on).

Topic: Hayden White long ago called attention to the fact that “history” is bound by the paradox of fact and fiction, because it is literary (Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-century Europe, 1973). More recently he has affirmed that history itself situates us in a paradox: “We are left therefore in a paradoxical situation in which we must affirm at one and the same time our determination by history and our freedom from it” (“War and Peace: Against Historical Realism” 2007). Using Hayden White’s quotes as a backdrop, define, extend and illustrate the term “Queer Paradoxology”. And, as a supplement, discuss whether or not the “performative” is a way to write history while freeing ourselves from it.

* January 30, 2013, at 09.30-13.30
: PhD defense in the auditorium at Bryggens Museum – Bymuseet i Bergen, Dreggsallmenningen 3, 5835 Bergen.

1st opponent, Rebecca Schneider (Brown University, USA)

2nd opponent, Carol Mavor (University of Manchester, UK)

The evaluation committee is lead by Ellen Mortensen, University of Bergen.

(The PhD defense starts with a fifteen minute presentation by me. Following this, each of the two opponents have one hour to question and discuss my project with me in front of the audience.)

A press release about the dissertation is available at the University of Bergen’s homepage.


On Friday February 1 between 15-17, I’m giving a public lecture at Copenhagen University about my dissertation. The lecture “Touching History: Art, Performance, and Politics in Queer Times” will be held in building 23, 4th floor, room 39 at KUA, Emil Holms Kanal (se map here).