Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Volume 5, Issue 1
fall 2014
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Moe Gardner
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

PhotoLGBT Studies Chair’s Letter

I was thrilled when I was asked by the Provost’s office to serve as the Chair of LGBT Studies for the 2014-2015 academic year. My own research on disability in contemporary Japan has been deeply inflected by queer theory, lesbian and gay studies, and feminist theory, so I feel a deep connection to the work that we do. The faculty that we’ve managed to bring together under the rubric of LGBT Studies at Yale is incredible – and growing year by year.

Thanks to the very hard work of my predecessor, Kathryn Lofton, we started off the semester with a bang. We awarded the annual James R. Brudner Memorial Prize and Lecture to Richard Dyer, a pioneering scholar of gay and lesbian film studies at King’s College, London. Professor Dyer gave two enthralling lectures in early September to audiences in New Haven and New York City. The first was titled, “The Sissiness of Music in Rope and Tea and Sympathy,” and the second, "The Angel's Song: Nino Rota, Music and Film." Both talks are available to stream on the LGBT Studies website (http://lgbts.yale.edu/).

LGBT Studies is in an incredibly healthy position. The number of faculty affiliated or offering courses grows year by year, as well as the number of interested students. Through the kind generosity of our alumni/donors, we’ve been able to increase the amount of academic and cultural programming that we offer. I want to draw particular attention to the queer film series that Professors Ron Gregg and Greta LaFleur organized this year. They’ve already brought in a number of filmmakers to talk about the films that have been screened.

We will also be hosting two conferences in the spring that probe new directions in LGBT Studies. Greta LaFleur is organizing a conference centered around the theme of “New Matters and Queer Life” (Jan 30-31, 2015) and together with Kathryn Lofton, I have put together a conference on “Queering Anthropologies” (February 13-15, 2015). 

More events are planned, we encourage you to keep tuned to announcements via our website and e-mail list.

Karen Nakamura (Yale PhD 2001)
Chair, LGBT Studies
Associate Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies

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