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Queer Faculty Symposium

Check back for more talks later in the semester!

You are invited to join us for the first talk of the Spring 2015 Queer Faculty Symposium.

Queer Faculty Symposium Series

The purpose of the QFS Series is to highlight work that is furthering the visibility of queer issues in the academy as well as to showcase the work of queer and ally faculty across The Claremont Colleges. The QRC is pleased to announce the first event in the 2015 QFS Series. The QRC is pleased to announce the second talk in the series:

“Too Mundane to Make Good Erotic Drama”:
Teasing Out the Queer Pleasures of Kink

Mary Ann Davis, Visiting Lecturer in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Scripps College

Thursday, March 5th

4:00 - 5:00 pm @ The QRC

Often burdened with images of the monstrous and the extreme – dungeons, slave auctions, bloody needles – this talk will explore the more mundane elements – a negotiation over coffee, a shopping trip to the mall, a piece of chalk – of contemporary kink and BDSM practices. How does the mundane trouble the fantasy/reality question and the spice/vanilla divide in representations of kink and BDSM? How does the mundane intersect with race and class privileges in kink communities? Possible textual encounters include the 50 Shades franchise, short fiction by Patrick Califia, and blogs by kink practitioners such as Sinclair Sexsmith and the Perverted Negress.

Mary Ann Davis earned an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Michigan – where she was awarded a Hopwood Award – before completing a Ph.D. in English Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. Her current critical book project, Useful Dangers, explores representations of sadomasochism, BDSM, and kink from nineteenth-century European sexology through yesterday’s blogposts on Sugerbutch or the Perverted Negress, tracing a queer narrative erotics of form across texts and practices. Her poems have appeared in In Posse Review, are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, and have won the 2011 Prism Review Poetry Prize. An essay published in OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts explores her consistent interest in bridging critical and lyrical thinking, and ethical and erotic living. She has presented on kink and BDSM at UC Riverside and the Claremont Colleges. She spent her formative years in Louisville, Kentucky, and now lives in Pasadena, plays in Los Angeles, and teaches in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Scripps College.

Light refreshments will be served. FMI please email our friendly staff at

Past Events in the 2015 Series

Wednesday, February 4th - Book Launch: The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying
Brent Armendinger, Associate Professor of English and World Literature, Pitzer College

The QRC hosted a reading and celebration of Professor Armendinger's new book of poetry, which explores the relationship between ethics and queer desire, infusing meditations on public life and politics with radical intimacy. Professor Armendinger read from his new book and asked student poets to join him in an open mic-style showcase.

Brent Armendinger grew up in the small town of Warsaw, NY, and studied at Bard College and the University of Michigan, where he received an Avery Hopwood Award in Poetry. He is the author of The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying (Noemi Press, 2015) , Archipelago (Noemi Press, 2009) and Undetectable (New Michigan Press, 2009). His poems have appeared in many publications, including Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Diagram, Fourteen Hills, Puerto del Sol, VOLT, and Web Conjunctions. He teaches creative writing at Pitzer College and lives in Los Angeles.