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About the LGBTQIA+ Thinking initiative

Exploring sexual and gender subjectivities and socialities, globally and locally

About the LGBTQIA+ Thinking initiative

Engaging with the subjectivities and socialities, differences and connections, histories and cultures of sexual and gender minorities, LGBTQIA+ Thinking pays close attention to how sexualities and gender identifications have been constructed; how they intersect with global and local formations of race, class, and generation; and how sexual and gender minorities have attempted to live and understand themselves outside, or in the interstices, of dominant sexual and gender norms. 

"This initiative signals the importance of exploring sexual and gender formations, identities, and issues," Joyrich says, "recognizing that just as these can give us places from which to think, those places may shift, change, and invite re-thinking." 

The LGBTQIA+ Thinking initiative includes intellectual, pedagogical, and social components.  Programming—ranging from lectures, presentations, and symposia to exhibitions, screenings, and performances—is designed to coordinate with other Pembroke initiatives (such as the Pembroke Seminar, the Black Feminist Theory Project, and the Feminist Theory Archives) and to further links with other units (such as the BAI, CSREA, CSSJ, the Cogut Institute, IBES, the School of Public Health, and the Watson Institute). Pedagogical aims include working with Gender and Sexuality Studies program leadership and faculty on course development, program coordination, and pedagogical collaboration. Finally, the initiative fosters community bonds via the connections made through LGBTQIA+ Thinking programs and events at Brown and beyond.  In this way, the Pembroke Center can further foster thinking, learning, and acting for and with this vital and diverse community.


About Lynne Joyrich, Director of the LGBTQIA+ Thinking initiative

Lynne JoyrichLynne Joyrich is a scholar whose research focuses on constructions of gender, sexuality, and race in US media. She is the author of Re-viewing Reception: Television, Gender, and Postmodern Culture and of articles on film, television, cultural studies, and feminist and queer studies that have appeared in such journals as The Black ScholarCritical InquiryCinema Journaldifferences, DiscourseJump CutJournal of e-Media StudiesJournal of Visual Culture, and Transformative Works and Cultures, and such books as Private ScreeningsModernity and Mass CultureLogics of TelevisionInventing Film StudiesPedagogy: The Question of ImpersonationNew Media, Old Media; Queer TVMad Men, Mad WorldUnwatchable, and Feminism’s Indelible Mark: Reframing the Work of Todd Haynes. She has been a member of the editorial collective of the journal Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies since 1996. In addition to being Director of LGBTQIA+ Thinking, Lynne is Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Modern Culture and Media.