BCNM Around the Web November

15 Nov, 2022

BCNM Around the Web November

Check out the great work of our faculty and alumni around the web this November!

Damon Young

Damon Young, an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley's Department of Film and Media gives his opinions on the new film Bros.

In this talk, Young, whose areas of specialty includes gender and sexuality studies, points out that there certainly are elements of Bros that make for good viewing, though he cautions the film "isn't as progressive as it keeps insisting it is.

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Ritwik Banerji

The Musicology Colloquium Series presents a talk by Ritwik Banerji. This talk examines the meanings performers attribute to silence in improvised musical interactions through an experimental ethnographic methodology in which I have designed a variety of artificially intelligent virtual performers of free improvisation and subjected these to the critique of human performers of this musical practice. Because such systems are not human, but still humanlike, this methodology enables musicians to discuss elements of their experience of free improvisation as a form of human interaction that they would not normally discuss (and in particular, critique) regarding the behavior of a (biologically) human co-performer.

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Edgar Fabián Frías

Frías works in installation, photography, video art, sound, sculpture, printed textiles, GIFs, performance, social practice, and community organizing, among other forms. Frías is Wixárika and their family is from Mexico, though they have lived in the United States for most of their life. Their art addresses historical legacies and acts of resistance, resiliency, and radical imagination within the context of Indigenous Futurism, spirituality, play, pedagogy, animism, and queer aesthetics. Weaving together the traditional and ancestral with the contemporaneous and emergent.

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Ra Malika Imhotep

Ra is a black feminist writer and performance artist from Atlanta, Georgia who completed a PhD in African Diaspora Studies and New Media Studies in the University of California Berkeley, in 2022. The intellectual and creative work of Ra Malika Imhotep tends to the relationships between queer embodiment, black femininity, vernacular culture, and the performance of labor.

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Bo Ruberg

In this webinar, Associate Professor Bo Ruberg discusses their book Sex Dolls At Sea: Imagined Histories of Sexual Technologies (MIT Press 2022), in conversation with Professor Kath Albury.

Join us to discover what the origin story of the sex doll can teach us about contemporary sextech innovations - from condoms to sex robots.

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Jen Schradie

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Hannah Zeavin

Hannah Zeavin is a scholar, writer, and editor whose work centres on the history of human sciences (psychoanalysis, psychology, and psychiatry), the history of technology, feminist STS, and media theory. She is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University in the Luddy School of Informatics. Additionally, she is a visiting fellow at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference.

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