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Tongues Untied: Queer Inscriptions, Black Becomings

Department of Psychosocial Studies

Saturday, 1 June 2019 from 12:00 to 18:00 (BST)

Tongues Untied: Queer Inscriptions, Black Becomings

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Tongues Untied: Queer Inscriptions, Black Becomings

This screening and symposium celebrates the 30th anniversary of Tongues Untied (1989). The film was directed by Marlon T. Riggs and, in his own words, sought to ‘shatter the nation's brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference’. The film weaves together documentary footage with poetry, soundscapes and body movement in an effort to articulate the unspeakability of Black gay masculinity muted by and between heteronormativity and white gay culture. This symposium takes Tongues Untied as a provocative inscription of Black queer becoming and explores its timely resonance by bringing together Black queer artists, writers, scholars and activists across generations. It asks what it means to remember and what is at stake in remembering through the frame of an artefact of history or the situated; how can memorialisation be avoided: and time reconceived otherwise than a temporal movement of ‘progress’ and ‘development’? How might Tongues Untied with its emphasis on wounded vulnerability and loving deviance inspire us to speak life towards a different future in entanglement with ‘pasts’ still (to be) lived?

Speakers: Roderick Ferguson (University of Illinois), Gail Lewis (Birkbeck), Eddie Bruce-Jones (Birkbeck), Annette-Carina van der Zaag (Birkbeck), Taylor Le Melle (pssss.co), Darnell L. Moore and Rabz Lansiquot.

The symposium is supported by Signifyin’ Works, Birkbeck institute of Gender and Sexuality, The Birkbeck Guilt Group, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Birkbeck Department of Psychosocial Studies.

This is the MA Psychosocial Studies annual lecture.


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Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon square, London, WC1H 0PN


Saturday, 1 June 2019 from 12:00 to 18:00 (BST)


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Department of Psychosocial Studies

The Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London was founded in 2000 and aims to investigate a wide range of contemporary social, political and personal concerns. We are a genuinely interdisciplinary department, with academic staff from backgrounds in anthropology, cultural and postcolonial studies, education studies, gender and sexuality studies, literary studies, critical psychology, psychoanalytic studies, sociology and urban studies.

Our academic programmes in psychosocial studies, psychoanalytic studies, education studies, sociology and cultural and postcolonial studies sit alongside Counselling & Psychotherapy at Birkbeck, a cluster of programmes within the Department designed for those who wish to train as a counsellor or psychotherapist putting theory and practice into dynamic relation. We offer programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.

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