Amber Jamilla Musser

"Working Around the Incommensurate: Brown Jouissance and Kara Walker's A Subtlety"

April 19, 2018, 3:30pm
120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus

Amber Jamilla Musser is an Associate Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her 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.

Dr. Musser has also published widely on race and critical theory, queer femininities and race, race and sexuality, and queer of color critique. She has an MSt in Women's Studies from Oxford University and received her PhD in History of Science from Harvard University. She has previously taught gender studies at New York University and Brown University. At Washington University she teaches "Sexuality and the State," "Advanced Queer Theory: Intimacies of Precarity," "The Politics of Pleasure," "Queer of Color Critique: Sense and Sexuality," and "Feminist Theory."

Sponsored by the Gender Institute and the HI Queer Studies Research Workshop.