2019/2020 Academic Year

2019/2020 Semester 2 (Spring 2020)

Talk by Dr. Wesley Lim (Australian National University)
Beginning the Legacy of GDR Figure Skating but Stopping Short: Gaby Seyfert’s Performance of her own Eigensinn

17 January 2020, Friday, 2:30 to 4pm
Venue: CNM Playroom, AS6 03-38

Talk by Prof. Kazuki Nagaike (Oita University)
Japanese Men’s Desires and Hopes to “Become” Fudanshi (“rotten boy”), Shota and Otoko no ko (男の娘): Mediating Utopian/Dystopian Motherhood

7 February 2020, Friday, 2:30 to 4pm
Venue: CNM Playroom, AS6 03-38

2019/2020 Semester 1 (Fall 2019)

Film Screening + Q&A* Finding Phong

27 August 2019, Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Venue: CNM Playroom, AS6 03-38

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Film Synopsis:
Phong grew up in a small town in the center of Vietnam – the youngest of six children. As a child, Phong felt out of place in a boy’s body. Not until moving to Hanoi for university at the age of twenty did Phong discover that others with similar experiences. The dream to find herself through surgery became a reality several years later. This documentary follows Phong’s struggle during these years, piecing together excerpts from an intimate video journal and encounters with family, friends, colleagues and doctors – all of whom must come to terms with a boy’s determination to become a girl.

* Executive Producer Gerald Herman will be present for the post-screening Q&A.

Talk by Prof. Rosalind Galt (King’s College London)
Alluring Monsters: Queer Pontianaks in Film and Television

20 September 2019, Friday, 3:30 to 5pm*
Venue: ARI Seminar Room, AS8 04-04

*Please note that there has been a change in time and venue!

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Workshopping Queer Pedagogies with Prof. Tracey Skelton (NUS Geography)

1 October 2019, Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Venue: CNM Playroom, AS6 03-38

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Teaching Sexuality Across Time, Space and Political Contexts*

Reflecting on a previous article, (Skelton 1997) I evaluate changes encountered around teaching sexuality over the past 22 years in different geo-political settings. This article examines the ways in which my teaching practices, as an academic committed to equality, have developed in relation to different academic and political contexts. This personal pathway through learning and teaching work linked to sexuality has been, and still is, embedded within social, political and feminist geography modules based on a political focus on social justice and injustice. I worked in two UK universities during the time when the Civil Partnership Act 2004 was enacted but left the UK prior to the Equality Act of 2010 and the Marriage (same sex couples) Act of 2013. I now teach in Singapore where Penal Code 377A still exists. This British colonial code criminalises sex between consenting adult men in private or in public. This paper discusses my commitment to integrate sexuality into the curriculum and analyses the ways in which styles of delivery, content and engagement between and with students has varied across what I define as two ‘eras of teaching geographies of sexuality/sexualities’.

*Paper to be sent to attendees prior to the session.

Talk by Prof. E.K. Tan (Stony Brook University SUNY)
Queer Homecoming in Sinophone Cultures: Translocal Remapping of Kinship

29 November 2019, Friday, 3 to 4:30pm
Venue: CNM Playroom, AS6 03-38

2018/2019 Academic Year

2018/2019 Summer

Special Guest Lecture by Prof. Travis Kong on 17 June 2019, 2:30pm
CNM-inar Talk “Towards a Transnational Queer Sociology: The Case of Young Gay Male Identities in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China”

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2018/2019 Semester 2

Thursday, 31 January 2019, 6-8pm
Venue: TBA
Bodies and Borders

Ch 2 of Judith Butler’s Bodies that Matter (1993)
Ch 7 of Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera (1987)

Related Event on Friday, 22 February  2019, 3pm
CNM-inar Talk “Gender and the Media in Contemporary Japan”

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Friday, 22 February  2019, 6-8pm
Venue: TBA
Gay Asia and Marriage

Chapter Four from Tom Boellstorff’s The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia
Chapter Five from Mark McLelland’s Male Homosexuality in Modern Japan: Cultural Myths and Social Realities

Supplementary reading:
Mark McLelland. 2011. “Japan’s Queer Cultures,” in Theodore and Victoria Bestor (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society, Routledge, New York, 140-149.
McLelland, Mark, Nagaike, K., Suganuma, K. & Welker, J. (Eds.). (2015). Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture & Community in Japan. Jackson: University of Mississippi.
McLelland, Mark.(Ed.). (2009). Japanese Transnational Fandoms and Female Consumers. Special Issue in Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific.

Friday, 29 March 2019, 6-8pm
Venue: TBA
LGBT Social Movements in Asia

Special Guest Appearance: Professor Lynette Chua

Chapter Five “Faults, Fault Lines, and the Complexities of Agency” from Lynette J. Chua. 2019. The Politics of Love in Myanmar: LGBT Mobilization and Human Rights as a Way of Life.
Michelle Lazar. 2017. “Homonationalist discourse as a politics of pragmatic resistance in Singapore’s Pink Dot movement: Towards a southern praxis.” Journal of Sociolinguistics.

Supplementary reading:
Jasbir Puar. 2013. “Rethinking Nationalism.” International Journal of Middle East Studies.
Chris Tan. 2016. “A ‘Great Affective Divide’: How Gay Singaporeans Overcome Their Double Alienation.” Anthropological Forum.
Natalie Oswin. 2014. “Queer time in global city Singapore: Neoliberal futures and the ‘freedom to love’.” Sexualities.

2018/2019 Semester 1

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5-7pm
Venue: AS6 03-33
Beginnings of Queer Studies

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, “Epistemology of the Closet,” Epistemology of the Closet (1990)
Judith Butler, “Imitation and Gender Insubordination” (c1990) from The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader (307-320)

Supplementary reading:
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990)
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Tendencies (1994)

Friday, 2 November 2018, 6-8pm
Venue: TBA
Global Queer Studies

Dennis Altman, “Global Gaze/Global Gays,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (1997)
Peter A. Jackson, “Capitalism and Global Queering: National Markets, Parallels among Sexual Cultures, and Multiple Queer Modernities,” GLQ (2009)

Supplementary reading:
Dennis Altman, “On Global Queering,” Australian Humanities Review (1996)
Peter A. Jackson, “Pre-Gay, Post-Queer: Thai Perspectives on Proliferating Gender/Sex Diversity in Asia,” Journal of Homosexuality (2001)
Eng-Beng Lim, “Glocalqueering in New Asia: The Politics of Performing Gay in Singapore,” Theatre Journal (2005)