Events in UCIS

Tuesday, February 9

4:30 pm Lecture
On Intergenerational Queer Kinship and the Frail Body of August von Platen
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Department of German
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August von Platen’s (1796–1835) name appears regularly in queer German print culture around 1900. Following the highly advertised publication of the famed poet’s diaries in 1896 and then in 1900, sexologists and admirers took up the culture of reading his work for traces of the queer life he led. This talk explores one such project: Xavier Mayne’s The Intersexes: A History of Similisexualism as a Problem in Social Life (1910), which includes an extensive biography of Platen. This talk will examine how the crafting of Platen’s body in this text—an embodiment through words—played a central role in imagining an ideal queerness venerated by Mayne and much of the writing about Platen around 1900.

Ervin Malakaj is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of British Columbia. His scholarship focuses on German media studies, queer studies, and critical university studies. He is the co-editor with Regine Criser of Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies (2020, Palgrave)

Capstone Senior Seminar Research Projects: Chloe Abele, Meghan Fanning, Samantha Good, Anna Hudson, Jacob Kuzy, Ingrid Miller, Max Nowalk, Lauren Towner, Anne Marie Yurik

7:00 pm Film
It Came From the Archives! Unearthed Treasures from the George A. Romero Archival Collection
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with University Library System
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Join Horror Studies Collection Coordinator Ben Rubin and Visiting Researcher Adam Hart as they discuss their favorite and most significant discoveries from processing the George A. Romero Archival Collection. Rare and never before seen materials will shed new light on Romero’s classic films as well as reveal the films that could have been through unfinished and lost projects. Event hosted by the University Library System.

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