Professor Jennifer Doyle | The Spectacle of Sexuality: An Olympic Problem

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Professor Jennifer Doyle | The Spectacle of Sexuality: An Olympic Problem

The 2014 Winter Olympics are set to be staged in Sochi, Russia within a context of aggressive, state-sponsored homophobia. Drawing inspiration from John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s black power salute from the medal stands at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, activists wonder what a political intervention might look like for the LGBITQ community.

This lecture will introduce the audience to the work of artists who have been thinking about the question of sexuality and sports. Their work helps us to understand that where queer and feminist politics are concerned, no similar gesture is possible: that, instead, the queer feminist gesture forces a shift in the optic through which we look at the sport spectacle such that it is the ordinary gesture rather than the extraordinary one that becomes the vehicle for consciousness raising.

Jennifer Doyle is blogging about her research subject at The Sport Spectacle

TrAIN Research Centre and CCW Graduate School welcome Professor Jennifer Doyle to UAL as Fulbright Distinguished Chair.

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