PoliTeSse Esther Newton

Arts, Anthropology and Queer Research and Activism in the U.S.

Esther Newton, Holly Hughes and Jean Carlomusto are influential scholars and LGBTQ activists from the US. On the occasion of their presence in Italy for the premiere screening of the movie Esther Newton Made Me Gay at the lesbian film festival ‘Some Prefer Cake’, we invited them to PoliTeSse to discuss their work in anthropology and arts as related to the history of feminist and LGBTQ activism in the United States: we will explore the history of  “lesbian feminism”, “cultural wars” and “lesbian sex wars” and address issues such as freedom of speech for sexual minorities and the relationship between feminism and gender identity issues through the lens of butch identity.

During the seminar, we will watch some scenes from Carlomusto’s latest movie Esther Newton Made Me Gayand listen to some excerpts from Newton’s memoir My Butch Career.

The seminar will be held in English in:

Room 1.4 (Polo didattico Zanotto) from 4.30 to 7.00 (Rome time)
Zoom (Meeting ID: 890 1567 5246 Passcode: 249265)