The Pembroke Center Launches LGBTQIA+ Thinking Initiative

October 7, 2021

How do we think with and about LGBTQIA+ subjects, communities, and histories? 

The  Pembroke Center has launched  the "LGBTQIA+ Thinking" initiative, led by Lynne Joyrich, professor of modern culture and media. The initiative is devoted to the active production of knowledge generated from and about the subjectivities and socialities, differences and connections, histories and cultures of sexual and gender minorities, paying close attention to how sexualities and gender identifications have been constructed; how they intersect with global and local formations of race, class, and generation; and how sexual and gender minorities have diversely attempted to live and understand themselves outside, or in the interstices, of dominant sexual and gender norms. 

"This initiative signals the importance of exploring sexual and gender formations, identities, and issues," Joyrich said,"recognizing that just as these can give us places from which to think, those places may shift, change, and invite re-thinking." 

The LGBTQIA+ Thinking initiative includes intellectual, pedagogical, and social components.  Programming—ranging from lectures, presentations, and symposia to exhibitions, screenings, and performances—is designed to coordinate with other Pembroke initiatives (such as the Pembroke Seminar, the Black Feminist Theory Project, and the Feminist Theory Archives) and to further links with other units (such as the BAI, CSREA, CSSJ, the Cogut Institute, IBES, the School of Public Health, and the Watson Institute). Pedagogical aims include working with Gender and Sexuality Studies program leadership and faculty on course development, program coordination, and pedagogical collaboration. Finally, the initiative fosters community bonds via the connections made through LGBTQIA+ Thinking programs and events at Brown and beyond.  In this way, the Pembroke Center can further foster thinking, learning, and acting for and with this vital and diverse community.

About Lynne Joyrich, director of LGBTQIA+ Thinking:

Lynne Joyrich is Professor and Chair of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University whose research focuses on constructions of gender, sexuality, and race in US media.  She is the author of Re-viewing Reception: Television, Gender, and Postmodern Culture and of articles on film, television, cultural studies, and feminist and queer studies that have appeared in such journals as The Black ScholarCritical InquiryCinema Journaldifferences, DiscourseJump CutJournal of e-Media StudiesJournal of Visual Culture, and Transformative Works and Cultures, and such books as Private ScreeningsModernity and Mass CultureLogics of TelevisionInventing Film StudiesPedagogy:  The Question of Impersonation; New Media, Old Media; Queer TVMad Men, Mad WorldUnwatchable, and Feminism’s Indelible Mark: Reframing the Work of Todd Haynes.  She has been a member of the editorial collective of the journal Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies since 1996.

Inaugural Event

The first event associated with LGBTQIA+ Thinking is an artist talk, moderated by Joyrich and presented with the Brown Arts Institute, with Headmaster Magazine creators and BAI Community Development Grant recipients Jason Tranchida and Matthew Lawrence on October 13, 2021.

Headmaster is the “art magazine for man-lovers.” The magazine’s editors write assignments for artists who then create original projects for each issue. Headmaster No. 9 – The Collaboration Issue – features projects by seven artist duos, one musical duo, two writer/translators, and one drag house (House of Rice, Vancouver’s only all-Asian drag collective). Included in the issue are brothers, couples, friends, and duos whose relationships are more ambiguous. Headmaster No. 9 also includes a special 16 page bilingual zine insert and a risograph poster by Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin. Registration is required for this event.