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Still from Gerard & Kelly's performance Reusable Parts/Endless Love (2011). Courtesy of the artists

American queer theorist Elizabeth Freeman discusses her research around 'chrononormativity' and 'erotohistoriography' and her new work on the place of rhythm in the making of couplehood and community. The talk will explore the rhythms of “good” sex as they appear in Tino Sehgal’s performance installation The Kiss (2002), and “bad” sex in a triptych of recent performance installations by Gerard & Kelly (You Call This Progress, Reusable Parts/Endless Love, and Kiss Solo).  

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Elizabeth Freeman is Professor of English at the University of California, Davis and co-editor, with Marcia Ochoa, of the scholarly journal GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.  She is the author of two books from Duke University Press: The Wedding Complex: Forms of Belonging in Modern American Culture (2002), and Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories (2010), and edited a special issue of GLQ on “Queer Temporalities” in 2007.  A recent recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship, she is currently working on a manuscript titled “It Goes Without Saying: Sense-Methods in the United States’s Very Long Nineteenth Century.”