Monday Evening Lecture by Rosie Haward

Oct 5 2020

Screenshot from the film The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Turning Towards 

Lecture Synopsis: The etymology of the term queer (which has its roots in the Indo-European word twist) invokes its shifting meaning as a descriptor for non-normative sexualities, and as a spatial and temporal orientation. I want to consider twisting or turning towards someone or something that is needed, wanted, or felt as missing as an act of desire. In offering up the twist or turn and their possibilities I look to examples taken from visual culture—a dance, a gaze, a sensation. How might these moves also call up forms of collectivity and care?

Rosie Haward is a writer and researcher based in Amsterdam. Her work engages with queer and feminist studies and visual culture, and the queer potential of experimental fiction. She also is involved with various models of collaborative practice, and currently co-runs the reading group Straight to Hell. She has an MA in Critical Studies from the Sandberg Instituut and a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London.