About the event

The MTA’s public safety campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something. Call: 1-888-NYC-SAFE,” is now so ubiquitous that we seem no longer to see it. And yet, ten years after 9/11, this posture of heightened scrutiny and perpetual estrangement as an expression of our continued concern with matters of safety and securitization remains. Join us for a decidedly unconventional gathering, in celebration of the publication of SAFE Issue (edited by Alyson Cole and Kyoo Lee), Women’s Studies Quarterly (Vol. 39, Nos. 1&2, Spr/Sum 2011), resembling more of a poetry slam than an academic panel, where a variety of artists, activists and scholars will reflect on what they have seen and “say something” in return. The prose and poetry will be followed by interpretative neo-burlesque performances. With writers, scholars and performers Linda Alcoff; Patricia Clough; Hamid Dabashi; Elena Glasberg; Brenda Iijima; Delores Jones-Brown; Jasbir Puar; Avital Ronell; Ann Snitow; Jack Tchen; The Lady Aye; Nasty Canasta.

Cosponsored by ReOrientale: Rethinking Orientalism and other Global Oddities Working Group.