Joshua Chambers-Letson: "Season of Glass: Yoko Ono Grief Diary, or, Shatter and Scream"

In-Person Keynote Lecture, MAAH Symposium
Wednesday, May 04, 4:00 p.m.
Joshua Chambers-Letson Headshot

Professor of Performance Studies and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University and, for the ’21-’22 academic year, a Presidential Fellow and Visiting Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Yale University. JCL is author of After the Party: A Manifesto for Queer of Color Life (2018), A Race So Different: Law and Performance in Asian America (2013), as well as a host of academic articles, book chapters, and exhibition catalogue essays. With Tavia Nyong’o, Chambers-Letson is the editor of José Esteban Muñoz’s The Sense of Brown (2020) and with Christine Mok the coeditor of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s China Trilogy: Three Parables of Global Capital (2021), with Ann Pellegrini and Nyong’o—a series co-editor of the Sexual Cultures series at NYU Press.

Location: Room 327, Sharp Building, 37 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

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A scream fills the air as the shattering effects of grief undo a person or community in a devastating fashion. But the shattering also facilitates the dysregulation, remaking and rebinding of self and others in creative and agential ways. This talk offers a meditation on the dynamics of queer and Asian American grief by turning to the work of Yoko Ono. In Ono’s work, the grieving season is not temporally fixed; it is part of the unfolding now. The self’s shattering in the wake of loss is an experience that never passes nor concludes in ways that render it resolutely queer. Thinking grief alongside her practice, we encounter queer modes of living-with grief, living-with the shattering, and living-on-and-through the scream.



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