“Toward Complicity: Making Queer Left Activist and Academic Knowledge”
4.21.2017 |2:30p-3:30p | African American Cultural Center | Student Union, 4th Floor
Keynote: Dr. Margot Weiss (Wesleyan)
“Toward Complicity: Making Queer Left Activist and Academic Knowledge)
Margot Weiss is Chair and Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at Wesleyan University and the president of the national Association for Queer Anthropology. Her research focuses on the sexual politics of late capitalism, primarily in the US. She is the author of Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality (Duke UP, 2011), awarded the Ruth Benedict Book Prize in queer anthropology and a Lambda Literary Foundation Finalist in LGBT Studies. Weiss’s essays on queer politics and neoliberalism, LGBT/queer economic precarity, the politics of academic and activist knowledge, sexuality and American imperialism, and methodology in queer anthropology have appeared American Quarterly, GLQ, Journal of Homosexuality, Anthropologica, Cultural Anthropology, and Radical History Review. She is currently writing on her second book, Visions of Sexual Justice, which explores how queer left activists cultivate a radical political imagination in the midst of crisis and closure.