Spring 2019 Events


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Tuesday, April 23rd  

FCWSRC Works in Progress Faculty Seminar 

"Exclusions in the Making of ‘Folk Art' in India: Gendered Labour, Sexualized Performance and Caste Stigma"

Anagha Tambe, FCWSRC Research Associate and Director/Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University

This paper looks at lavani, an erotic dance from western India with female yearning as its central motif. It is performed as cultural labour by lower caste women hereditary artists, placed outside the framework of marriage. Such caste-based performance practices are either defined as "folk" being viewed as rural, local and community oriented, or are dismissed as vulgar, degenerate and "just sex/work, and no art". This paper seeks to examine the processes of transformation in these performance practices in post-colonial contexts, and analyse how its elevation and celebration as the folk culture is linked with the assertion of regional identity, and how this marginalizes the living practice of dance/music performance, both materially and symbolically, as corrupt and inauthentic.

Discussants: Lisa Armstrong (Professor of the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College), Indira Peterson (Professor of Asian Studies, Emerita, Mount Holyoke College) and Svati Shah (Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst)

** Dinner provided - RSVP HERE ** 

6:00-8:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College


Monday, April 29th 

From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real

Public Talk by Esther Rapoport, Clinical Psychologist                                                                                  
Bisexuality is one of the foundational concepts of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory - but unlike his other foundational concepts related to gender and sexuality, and despite the increasing visibility of bisexual lifestyles in contemporary society, it has received little critical attention within the psychoanalytic community. From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real (Routledge, June 2019) is the first book to assess bisexuality through a range of both psychoanalytic and critical (feminist/queer) perspectives.
                                                                                                                                                In her talk, Esther will critique the logical errors inherent to, and the ideological underpinnings of, the Freudian concept of bisexuality, and outline the development (or, rather, lack thereof) of this concept in post-Freudian psychoanalysis. She will then offer some alternative ways to conceptualize bisexuality through the lenses of contemporary psychoanalytic (namely, Lacanian, Winnicottian and Relational) theories. A case vignette will be used to explore the issue of widespread countertransference responses in the clinical setting, as well as to comment on the social pressures facing bisexuals of various genders, and the resultant psychological effects.
                                                                                                                                           Esther Rapoport, Psy.D, is a clinical psychologist based in Tel Aviv. From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real (Routledge, June 2019) is her first book; her prior work has appeared in psychoanalytic journals and queer theory and critical psychology volumes. She is on the board of the Israeli chapter of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and is candidate at the Academy for Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis, NJ. In the past, she studied at the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in Berkeley. She is an activist with the Israeli groups Coalition of Women for Peace and Psychoactive - Mental Health Professionals for Human Rights.                                                                                                                                                                    

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6:00-8:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College


From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real

Mon, Apr 29 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Five College Women's Studies Research Center, 83 College Street, South Hadley

From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real

Public Talk by Esther Rapoport, Clinical Psychologist
                                       
Bisexuality is one of the foundational concepts of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory - but unlike his other foundational concepts related to gender and sexuality, and despite the increasing visibility of bisexual lifestyles in contemporary society, it has received little critical attention within the psychoanalytic community. From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real (Routledge, June 2019) is the first book to assess bisexuality through a range of both psychoanalytic and critical (feminist/queer) perspectives. In her talk, Esther will critique the logical errors inherent to, and the ideological underpinnings of, the Freudian concept of bisexuality, and outline the development (or, rather, lack thereof) of this concept in post-Freudian psychoanalysis. She will then offer some alternative ways to conceptualize bisexuality through the lenses of contemporary psychoanalytic (namely, Lacanian, Winnicottian and Relational) theories. A case vignette will be used to explore the issue of widespread countertransference responses in the clinical setting, as well as to comment on the social pressures facing bisexuals of various genders, and the resultant psychological effects.
Esther Rapoport, Psy.D, is a clinical psychologist based in Tel Aviv. From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real (Routledge, June 2019) is her first book; her prior work has appeared in psychoanalytic journals and queer theory and critical psychology volumes. She is on the board of the Israeli chapter of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and is candidate at the Academy for Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis, NJ. In the past, she studied at the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in Berkeley. She is an activist with the Israeli groups Coalition of Women for Peace and Psychoactive - Mental Health Professionals for Human Rights.    
Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
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Faculty Seminar on "Exclusion in the Making of ‘Folk' Dance of Lavani in India: Gendered Labour, Sexualized Performance and Caste Stigma"

Tue, Apr 23 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Five College Women's Studies Research Center, 83 College Street, South Hadley

FCWSRC Works in Progress Faculty Seminar 

"Exclusion in the Making of ‘Folk' Dance of Lavani in India: Gendered Labour, Sexualized Performance and Caste Stigma"

Anagha Tambe, FCWSRC Research Associate and Director/Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University

This paper looks at lavani, an erotic dance from western India with female yearning as its central motif. It is performed as cultural labour by lower caste women hereditary artists, placed outside the framework of marriage. Such caste-based performance practices are either defined as "folk" being viewed as rural, local and community oriented, or are dismissed as vulgar, degenerate and "just sex/work, and no art". This paper seeks to examine the processes of transformation in these performance practices in post-colonial contexts, and analyse how its elevation and celebration as the folk culture is linked with the assertion of regional identity, and how this marginalizes the living practice of dance/music performance, both materially and symbolically, as corrupt and inauthentic.

Discussants: Lisa Armstrong (Professor of the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College), Indira Peterson (Professor of Asian Studies, Emerita, Mount Holyoke College) and Svati Shah (Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst)

Campus: 
Mount Holyoke College
Directions and parking info: 
https://www.fivecolleges.edu/fcwsrc/directions_parking
Accessible location
Accessibility info: 
For any event accessibility needs, please contact the Center at 413-538-2275 or fcwsrc@fivecolleges.edu in advance
Campus contact: