Excellence in Mentoring Award:
Monday, March 5, 2018
PhD Dissertation Fellowship:
Monday, April 9, 2018
April 19, 2018
1032 Clemens Hall
UB North Campus
"Working Around the Incommensurate: Brown Jouissance and Kara Walker's A Subtlety"
Amber Jamilla Musser's research is at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality studies. Her monograph, Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism (NYU Press, 2014) uses masochism as a lens to theorize different felt relationships to power. The book beings together debates on masochism within feminism, discussions of masochism from psychoanalysis and critiques of colonialism, literary presentations of masochism, and performance and visual art that draws on masochism's repertoire in order to make an argument about the relationship between sensation and knowledge production and the racialization of our current episteme of sexuality. Her current research project, "Brown Jouissance: Feminine Imaginings" uses women of color's aesthetic labors to re-imagine epistemologies of sexuality so that they center brown femininity.
UB Law Professor Irus Braverman has an article in the latest issue of Critical Inquiry (Winter 2018), entitled, “Renouncing Citizenship as Protest: Reflections by a Jewish Israeli Ethnographer.” https://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/current_issue/
NYS New Paid Family Leave Law
New York just became the fifth state to enact a paid family leave law. It’s important to understand that the new law provides mandatory coverage for private sector employees only. Public sector employees will only be covered if their public employer elects to opt-in to coverage. For unionized public employees, this opt-in must be bargained.