Queering Gaga Feminism
On the 19 August 2013, Iranti-org will be attending Dr. Jack “Judith” Halberstam’s theory workshop “No Church in the Wild: Anarchy and Gaga Feminism” hosted by the LGBTI Program at the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA) at the University of Cape Town. HUMA through the direction of Dr Zethu Matebeni has led innovative seminars on Queer Theory, Sexuality and Gender Identities. Iranti-org’s team is keen to learn more about Gaga Feminism, Queerness and its relation to sexual and gender variant identities in South Africa. Jack identifies as queer, not identifying with what is called binary oppositions or total opposites in relation to sex and gender – where one can only be either male/female, man/woman, homosexual/heterosexual.
Jack will present and speak on some of their most notable works, from the books Female Masculinity (1998) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal (2012). In his most recent work Gaga Feminism (2012), Dr. Halberstam identifies the overlap between queer and popular culture, where the lines between heterosexual/homosexual, straight/queer are no longer so clean cut. We join the discussion asking questions relating to whether we as queer people are appropriating mainstream materialism in search of a global identity. Some would argue that there is nothing cool about cultural appropriation, particular where vulnerabilities related to race, class and religion exist.
Iranti-org is proud to be attending this exciting, informative and energetic workshop, which will be followed by a performance from Jack Halberstam and Manila Von Teez, who will be performing Gaga. So if you want to go all GAGA, come and join the discussions and the performance.
If you are interested in participating, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com but don’t take too long as seats are limited. From Iranti-org, this will be an inspirational trip, which will positively influence how we represent and advocate for LTI people.
We just cannot wait.
By Jabu Pereira and Selogadi Mampane