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2021 Intimacies/Intimations

With an emphasis on the complex relationships between the public and the private, the said and the unsaid, this year's University of Toronto Graduate English Association's conference focuses on initimacies and intimations as content or as methodology.
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Keynote Address by Ann Cvetkovich

Billy-Ray Belcourt's Loneliness as the Affective Life of Settler Colonialism

This talk explores loneliness as the affective life of settler colonialism in queer Indigenous (Cree) writer Billy-Ray Belcourt’s two volumes of poetry This Wound Is a World and NDN Coping Mechanisms.  It focuses on how Belcourt draws on queer affect theory and critical race theory in the work of scholars such as Jose Munoz, Leo Bersani, Lauren Berlant, Ann Cvetkovich, Saidiya Hartman, and Christina Sharpe  – as he explores the relation between sex and death, and between cruising cultures and the ongoing genocide of Indigenous peoples.  And it argues that Belcourt’s innovative fusion of poetry and theory provide new genres for racialized understandings of loneliness and other structures of feeling.

Ann Cvetkovich is Director of the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University.  She was previously Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, and founding Director of LGBTQ Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  She is the author of Mixed Feelings:  Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism (Rutgers, 1992); An Archive of Feelings:  Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke, 2003); and Depression:  A Public Feeling (Duke, 2012).  For additional info, see