Saturday, November 6, 2010

Queering the Vagina Monologues

Here's the e-mail I talked about in class on Friday.

*Calling all students, artists, activists and performers!*

Georgia State University’s BlackOUT (the queer black student organization), Faces of Feminism (the undergraduate Women's Studies organization), and Students Promoting Engagement through Activism and Knowledge (or SPEAK, the graduate Women's Studies organization) are delighted to announce the upcoming collaborative performance, "Subversive Desires, Revolutionary Dialogues: Women of Color, Working Class, and Queer Voices on Sexuality." We are calling performers and artists of all genders to submit performance proposals.

We aim to account for the *women of color*, *working class*, *immigrant*, *trans*, and/or *queer voices *largely absent in The Vagina Monologues. Although we are responding to and engaging a critique of The Vagina Monologues, there is no preset script. Instead, content will be entirely created by performers. We welcome abstracts of no more than 250 words describing what your performance would entail. Live performances should not exceed ten minutes and could include the recitation of prose, poetry, or song
depicting your understanding of/engagements with sexuality, and how this perspective has been shaped by your identity/ies (including class position, ability, race and gender). We are also happy to accept abstracts for short films, performance art, dance, or any other medium you feel is appropriate. The abstract serves as Part One of the submission process. Selected abstracts will be invited to audition in January. Final casting will then be determined for the live performance held in March.

Please submit abstracts (as well as any questions) to by 6:00 P.M. on November 30, 2010. This event is in conjunction with the Southeast Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) 2011 Conference, hosted by the Women's Studies Institute at Georgia State University. The conference, featuring keynote speakers Lisa Duggan and Julia Sudbury, will take place March 24-26, 2011.

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