February 26, 2005 – Queer Mediations

Saturday, February 26 / 1 PM – 5 PM / College 8, Room 240

Recent years have witnessed an explosion in mass-media representations of gays and lesbians. In response, this event engages issues of representation, spectatorship, and counter-practice.

B. RUBY RICH Queering Third Cinema
A new generation of film and video artists has further refined the radical impulse of the original New Queer Cinema. Through the work of Lucrecia Martel, Julián Hernández, Ximena Cuevas, Diego Lerman, Apichatpong Weerasethaku and others, Rich charts the shape of an unexpected revival and considers the role of location in queer aesthetics. 

B. Ruby Rich has written widely on queer film and video as well as on Latin American cinema in GLQThe NationThe GuardianVillage Voice, and The Advocate. She is the author of Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement (Duke, 1998) and is currently at work on The Rise and Fall of the New Queer Cinema (NYU, forthcoming). In 2004 she joined the UC Santa Cruz faculty in Community Studies.

With its appetite for innovative programming, television continues to digest queer life. The resultant queer thematics (The L Word), queer aesthetics (Queer Eye), and queer histories (Tipping the Velvet) demand a renewed materialist method of understanding. If Rich looks abroad for a vigorous queer cinema, Villarejo sorts through the detritus of commodity culture at home for a new critical engagement with television. 

Amy Villarejo is Associate Professor at Cornell University, where she teaches film and is Director of the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. She is author, most recently, of Lesbian Rule: Cultural Criticism and the Value of Desire (Duke, 2003).


GINA VELASCO is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz. Her work focuses on Filipino diasporic cultural production.

GREG YOUMANS is a graduate student in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz, where he works in American history and media studies.

Sponsored by the Queer Theory Research Cluster