Episode 8: Refuse Powers' Grasp

21–23 Oct 2016
Tramway & The Art School, Glasgow

Criminal Queers

Eric A Stanley & Chris Vargas
21:15–22:15 Fri 21 Oct
 / Glasgow

Introduction with Live Subtitling. Screening with Subtitles in English.

  • Two people standing by a door, one is wearing a purple cloak
    Criminal Queers
  • A person with long hair & sunglass holds a stethescope to a safe.
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  • A news reporter stands outside a building with a microphone
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  • A group of people sat on a wall
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  • Two people installing a banner saying "is prison abolition"
    Criminal Queers
  • Two people installing a banner saying "is queer liberation"
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About the event

Criminal Queers visualises a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls. Remembering that prison breaks are both a theoretical and material practice of freedom, this film imagines what spaces might be opened up if crowbars, wigs, and metal files become tools for transformation. Follow Yoshi, Joy, Susan and Lucy as they fiercely read everything from the Human Rights Campaign and hate crimes legislation to the non-profitisation of social movements. Criminal Queers grows our collective liberation by working to abolish the multiple ways our hearts, genders, and desires are confined. 

Eric A. Stanley

Eric will be joining us at Episode 8. They are a co-editor of the vital anthology Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, whose transformational insights, mini-memoirs, analyses and theories about captivity have been a huge influence on our thinking, and of which Chelsea Manning has said “[Captive Genders] had a forceful and immediate impact on my understanding of myself.” Eric’s other writing can be found in the journals Social Text, American Quarterly, Women and Performance, and TSQ. Along with Chris Vargas, Eric directed the films Homotopia and Criminal Queers. They are assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Chris Vargas will not be joining us at the event.