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Humanities Planning Group Humanities Week

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – April 11-15, 2016

We have set the dates for next year’s Humanities Week — April 11-15, 2016.  Keynote speaker, William “Bill” McKibben will be on campus April 13, 2016, in the CUB senior ballroom.  We will host a roundtable discussion on a second day during the week and we are working on inviting our colleagues from the University of Washington to present a second roundtable late in the week prior to the full start of Humanities Week.  Please watch for further developments.

Three Founding Latin American Women Photographers

Women played an important role in early Latin American photography, and photography provided women with an important cultural genre for examining women’s issues and expressing feminist interpretations.  Grete Stern (Argentina), Annemarie Heinrich (Argentina), and Hildegard Rosenthal (Brazilian) came out of German cultural backgrounds (in Stern’s case, Jewish German roots), but all three were responsible for significant innovations in the development of Argentine and Brazilian photographic traditions.

Marco Berger: Filming Queer Masculinities in Argentina

With a series of audacious and strikingly original films made during the past five years, Argentine director Marco Berger (born 1977) has moved to the forefront in the field of queer filmmaking in Argentina, a country that has itself taken the lead in Latin America in producing provocative films that shed the cliches of so much commercial gay filmmaking in the United States.  Going beyond the formulas of boy-meets-boy and boy-beds-boy texts, which necessarily involve the money shot of actual sexual gymnastics at the expense of the subtitles of human emotion and erotic complexities, Berger’s films focus on the circumstances in which individuals are suddenly confronted with the potential for homoerotic experience, often against their awareness and in contradiction to their presumed heterosexuality.  It’s not that these individuals “discover” that they are “really” gay.  Rather, they are led to discover a wider arena of erotic potential for their bodies than they had previously imagined.  Three key Berger films are discussed Plan B (2009), Ausente (2011), and Tension sexual: volatil (2012).  Berger’s films are an integral part of the importance of a queer consciousness in contemporary urban Argentina.