Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (GSAH)

Schlüsselkonzepte der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften


Donnerstag, 04.05.2023 - Freitag, 05.05.2023

Öffentlicher Vortrag im Rahmen der Reihe Interdisziplinäre Vorlesungen und Kolloquien zu Schlüsselkonzepten der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften des Doktoratsprogramms Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

Veranstaltende: Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies | Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities | Walter Benjamin Kolleg / in Kollaboration mit der Graduate School Gender Studies, IZFG Bern
Redner, Rednerin: Prof. Dr. Julietta Singh, University of Richmond
Datum: 04.05.2023 - 05.05.2023
Uhrzeit: 18:15 - 19:45 Uhr
Ort: F005
Lerchenweg 36
3012 Bern
Merkmale: Öffentlich

Public Lecture "Museum of Forgotten Returns"

In this talk, Julietta Singh and Chase Joynt explore the practice of collaboration, the complexities of archival research, and the work of fabulation through their feature-length experimental documentary, Museum of Forgotten Returns. The film centers on radical women, interracial alliances, and  anticolonial pasts across 140 years of Canadian history told through the  story of a single house in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The documentary,  currently in development with the National Film Board of Canada, looks to architecture as a portal through which to tell unexpected and  interconnected histories of Indigenous uprising, ecopolitical activism,  disability rights, and the racialization of a nation. Working through  the concepts of ‘decolonial intimacies,’ and ‘trans as method,’ the film displaces the dominant colonial narrative of  the house and reframes Canadian history as an anticolonial story of  interconnected and politically-charged feminist and minoritized lives.

04. Mai 2023, 18:15 – 19:45 Uhr
F005, Unitobler

Julietta Singh

Julietta Singh is a decolonial scholar and nonfiction writer whose work engages the enduring global effects of colonization through attention to ecology, inheritance, race, gender and sexuality. She works and teaches across the fields of postcolonial and decolonial studies, queer studies, the ecological humanities, experimental feminisms, and creative nonfictions. Her academic work has been published in South Atlantic QuarterlyWomen & PerformanceSocial Text, Cultural Critique, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality, among others. She is the recent recipient of the American Council for Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship (held at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender), and delivers keynotes, lectures, and creative workshops internationally. Her first academic book, Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements (Duke UP, 2018), has emerged as a vital theoretical touchstone for global scholars and artists grappling with the politics of mastery that drive our professional, political, and personal pursuits. Her second book, No Archive Will Restore You (Punctum Books, 2018), turns theory into creative praxis through an experimental meditation on the body as a plural and porous archive. In her newest work, The Breaks, Singh pens a long letter to her young daughter about race, inheritance, and queer mothering at the end of the world. It has recently been hailed as a best nonfiction book of the year by entities such as the New York Public Library, Book Riot, and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. Singh is currently at work on The Nest, a feature-length documentary collaboration with Chase Joynt about radical maternities, interracial alliances, and anticolonial histories across 140 years of Canadian history told through the story of a single house. Taking a majestic home located in the center of Canada as its focus, the documentary looks to architecture as a portal through which to tell unexpected histories of Westward expansion, Indigenous uprising, ecopolitical activism, domestic violence, and the racialization of a nation. The project is currently in development with the National Film Board of Canada, produced by Justine Pimlott.


With Prof. Dr. Julietta Singh & Prof. Dr. Chase Joynt

05. Mai 2023, 10:15 – 17:00 Uhr
F014, Unitobler

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Michaela Schäuble, Institut für Sozialanthropologie, Universität Bern

ECTS: 1.5 (Pflichtbereich ICS / Wahlpflichtbereich GS, SLS und SINTA / Modul I GSA)

Language: Englisch


Film screening "Framing Agnes", followed by Q & A with the Filmmaker Chase Joynt

05. Mai 2023, 18:00 Uhr
Kino Rex, Schwanengasse 9, 3011 Bern

ECTS: 0.5 (Pflichtbereich ICS / Wahlpflichtbereich GS, SLS und SINTA / Modul I GSA)

Chase Joynt

Chase Joynt: After seeing my work in public, people often ask: "Are you a film person invested in gender theory or a gender studies person who also makes films?" The boundaries, investments and tensions revealed by these  questions are emblematic of my interdisciplinary artistic practice and  scholarly pursuits. My research sits at the intersection of cinema and  media studies, gender and feminist studies, documentary film production, trans studies, and queer theory.

My current film, Framing Agnes, is complementary to a book, Conceptualizing Agnes: Exemplary Cases and the Disciplines of Gender,  co-authored with University of Chicago sociologist Kristen Schilt and under contract with Duke University Press. Working with newly discovered  archival materials, the multi-format project urgently engages historical and contemporary debates about the production of expert  knowledge, by implicating both social scientists and non-fiction media  makers in the construction of exemplary cases and related legacies of  research about gender non-conforming people. Framing Agnes  premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and is currently being developed into a feature film with support from Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program. With Aisling Chin-Yee, I co-directed No Ordinary Man, a feature-length documentary about transmasculine jazz musician Billy Tipton. No Ordinary Man was presented at Cannes Docs 2020 as part of the Canadian Showcase of  Docs-in-Progress and world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2020. Further information about my artistic practice and samples of my work can be found on my website:


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