WGS is pleased to announce our monthly DIB discussion series, (Re)presenting Generations in LGBTQ+ Televisual Works.
Why has the idea of “generation” become such a powerful organizing concept and market point in recent LGBTQ+ televisual culture? Come join us for screenings followed by discussions, focused on three TV shows – The L Word Generation Q (a reboot of an early 2000s cult tv show), Pose, Generations – and a film, Cheryl Dunye’s Watermelon Woman.
Each session will consist of a screening followed by a discussion with WGS’s DIB fellow, Chrystel Oloukoï.
Contemporary LGBTQ+ TV shows have centered “generation” as a framing device to grapple with changes in experiences and nomenclatures when it comes to non-normative genders and sexualities. The concept of generation is especially productive as it organizes historical time, creates homogenizing effects, enables market niches in a time of neoliberal differentiation and mobilizes affects and imaginations in powerful ways. Yet, for groups which have been largely conceptualized as outside of dominant paradigms of reproduction and futurity, the current embrace of the idea of generation to understand contemporary LGBTQ+ cultures is particularly fraught and significant. We will discuss specific TV shows and a film, focusing on narratives and aesthetics, market strategies, the impact of neoliberal diversity paradigms and specific temporal forms and technologies such as the episode or the camcorder.
Grab-and-go snacks will be served.
To allow for distancing, attendance is limited to the first 20 participants to arrive.
The L Word Generation Q (2019-2021) and the genre of the reboot
January 31st, 2022, 7PM on Zoom
Stolen generations in Pose (2018-2021)
February 28th, 2022, 6PM at the Women’s Center
Genera+ion (2021) and the time of the market
March 28st, 2022, 6PM on Zoom
Projecting back, retrieving generations in The Watermelon Woman (1996)
April 25th, 2022, 6PM, location TBD