American Cultures Workshop | Ray Johnson’s anti-archive: Sadomasochism, blackface, and the sexual and racial imagination of pop art

Part of the series

When

5.30pm–7.00pm

11 March 2015

Type

Academic seminar

Topics

Culture

This workshop featured guest speaker Dr Benjamin Kahan of Louisiana State University and the US Studies Centre.

The American Cultures Workshop unites scholars of disparate disciplinary and methodological backgrounds from across the Asia/Pacific region who share a common research focus on the United States. Through a bimonthly workshop that meets every second and fourth Tuesday during the academic year we seek to strengthen an already vibrant and rigorous research community of Americanists at the University of Sydney through establishing close contacts with other across the Pacific region and the world focused on the study of America broadly construed. Beyond the research workshop we hold a series of special events throughout the year including conferences, public lectures, and research roundtables that seek to further strengthen Americanist region in Sydney while providing additional fora for public and scholarly engagement.

The American Cultures Workshop is co-convened by Dr Thomas J. Adams (History and American Studies) and Dr Sarah Gleeson-White (English) along with collaborative workshop faculty Professor Paul Giles (English), Dr Chin Jou (History), Associate Professor Mike McDonnell (History), Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor (American Studies), Dr Jane Park (Gender and Cultural Studies) and Dr David Smith (Government and International Relations and American Studies). The workshop is sponsored by a Faculty Collaborative Research Scheme Grant from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney with matching funds from the US Studies Centre.

Featuring

  • Dr Benjamin Kahan
    Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University

    Benjamin Kahan was a Visiting Fellow at the US Studies Centre from August 2014 to April 2015. Kahan is Assistant Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University and has held postdoctoral fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis, Emory University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Celibacies: American Modernism and Sexual Life (Duke University Press, 2013).

    Whilst at the US Studies Centre, he worked on a second book project entitled Sexual Etiologies and the Making of the Congenital Body. This project theorises an etiological, rather than an epistemological approach to the history of sexuality. He argues that etiological questions play a crucial role in the ongoing debate over the shape of US LGBT rights.

 

Part of the series

American Cultures Workshop

The American Cultures Workshop unites scholars of disparate disciplinary and methodological backgrounds from across the Asia/Pacific region who share a common research focus on the United States.

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