UC Berkeley Professor to Give Talk on Gay Shame, Queer Hate and Direct Action on May 14 at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — UC Berkeley Gender and Women’s Studies faculty member Eric Stanley, Ph.D., will visit Cal Poly on May 14 to give a talk, “Is Love a Necessary Revolutionary Affect? Gay Shame, Queer Hate and Direct Action in Silicon Valley.”

Stanley, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns they/them, will lead a discussion of Gay Shame, a queer direct action group based in San Francisco, and its work confronting the hyper-gentrification of the Bay Area propelled by the tech industry.

Describing itself as, “a virus in the system,” Gay Shame utilizes its collective “bad attitudes” to “instigate, irritate, and agitate to build cultures of devastating resistance.” Stanley argues that the Left’s focus on love as a tool for social revolution can backfire or have unintended consequences — that revolutionary movements focused on love as a tool for social change (at the exclusion of hate and of rage) may actually uphold rather than challenge capitalism and gentrification.

“The Women’s and Gender Studies Department is incredibly excited to welcome Dr. Stanley to campus,” said Jane Lehr, chair of the department. “Earlier this year, Dr. Cornel West shared with the Cal Poly community that, ‘Justice is what love looks like in public.’ And we believe that. We really do.

“But we also know that a lot of us respond to oppression and injustice with rage, and sometimes with hate,” Lehr continued. “And when we rage, we are often told and, indeed, often tell ourselves that this hate is unproductive, that it is something we need to work though, that this rage is something we need to release for our movements and for ourselves. But is love always the answer? Dr. Stanley will help us explore this provocative question.”

Stanley is an assistant professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and also is affiliated with the Haas LGBTQ Citizenship Research Cluster and the Program in Critical Theory.

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Lottery Fund, the talk is free and open to the public. It will take place at 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7) on campus.

Contact: Jane Lehr
805-756-6442; jlehr@calpoly.edu

April 26, 2019

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