Jack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Halberstam is the author of five 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) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book on wildness.
Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled "What's Queer About Queer Studies Now?" Jack is a popular speaker and gives lectures around the country and internationally every year. Lecture topics include: queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film, animation.
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"A Path So Twisted": Thinking Wildly With and Through Punk Feminisms
I want to use the occasion of this conference to amplify some claims I made in The Queer Art of Failure about on "the pedagogics of unlearning" and about forgetting traditions of knowing, undoing disciplinary training and about getting lost on the way to actually experiencing the world anew. In addition, I hope to build upon some new work I have been doing on generational knowledge, trauma and the necessarily twisted relations between the personal and the political.