FQT/GSWS Presents New Work in Gender & Sexuality Studies with Simone White and Sophie Lewis

Friday, February 17, 2023 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
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Please join FQT/GSWS for a presentation of new works by Simone White and Sophie Lewis. 


Simone White is the author of or, on being the other woman (Duke University Press, 2022), Dear Angel of Death (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018), Of Being Dispersed (Futurepoem, 2016), and House Envy of All the World (Factory School, 2010), the poetry chapbook, Unrest (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), and the collaborative poem/painting chapbook, Dolly (with Kim Thomas) (Q Ave, 2008). Her poetry and prose have been featured in Artforum, e-flux, Harper’s Magazine, BOMB Magazine, Chicago Review, The New York Times Book Review, and Harriet: The Blog. Her honors include a 2021 Creative Capital Award, a 2017 Whiting Award in Poetry, Cave Canem Foundation fellowships, and recognition as a New American Poet for the Poetry Society of America in 2013. A graduate of Wesleyan University, she holds a JD from Harvard Law School, an MFA from the New School, and a PhD in English from CUNY Graduate Center. She is the Stephen M. Gorn Family Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the writing faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. She lives in Brooklyn.

Sophie Lewis is a visiting scholar at Center for Research in Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and a member of the teaching faculty of the Philadelphia branch of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. They are the author of Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation (Verso Books, 2022) and of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family(Verso Books, 2019), which Donna Haraway hailed as "the seriously radical cry for full gestational justice that I long for." Sophie's scholarship operates in the spheres of trans feminist cultural criticism and queer social reproduction theory, and their interests include utopian critiques of the family, Marxism, and Black and antiwork feminisms. Their research currently focuses on the etiologies of eugenic, bioconservative and imperial feminisms, including narratives of so-called white slavery past and present, femonationalism, and trans-exclusionary femocratism. A forthcoming book on this subject is tentatively entitled The Feminism of Fools: How Some Feminisms Hinder (Feminist) Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2024). 

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