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EXCESS: Aesthetics, Gender, Performance. A Roundtable Discussion

November 10, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A Roundtable Discussion about how a new generation of Black and Latina girls, drag queens, and burlesque stars are employing excess as a political tool. Featuring scholars Jillian Hernandez (author of Aesthetics of Excess), Meredith Heller (author of Queering Drag), and Lynn Sally (author of Neo-Burlesque). Moderated by Joe E. Jeffreys.

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This event is FREE, but we welcome donations to support the work of the panelists and the Bureau. You can make a donation when you register. Thank you!



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Purchase Jillian Hernandez’s Aesthetics of Excess: The Art and Politics of Black and Latina Embodiment (Duke University Press, 2020, paperback, $27.95) directly from Duke University Press


Jillian Hernandez is Associate Professor at the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research at the University of Florida. She created, Women on the Rise!, an outreach initiative that introduces contemporary art and artists and offers art-making praxis to young Black and Latina women in Miami. She discusses this in her critically-acclaimed book published by Duke University Press (2020), Aesthetics of Excess: The Art and Politics of Black and Latina Embodiment.


Meredith Heller is a Senior Lecturer of Queer Studies in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Northern Arizona University. She specializes in queer theory and critical identity studies, with additional expertise in performance studies and digital media. Queering Drag: Redefining the Discourse of Gender-Bending won the Popular Culture Association’s 2021 John Leo and Dana Heller Award for Best Book in LGBTQ Studies and was named one of NBC’s “10 LGBTQ books to watch out for in 2020.”


Dr. Lynn Sally is a scholar and practicing artist. She received her PhD in Performance Studies from New York University and MA in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory from The New School for Social Research. Her recent book Neo-Burlesque: Striptease as Transformation (Rutgers University Press, 2022) has been hailed “a smart,feminist tour de force…must read” by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens. She also writes creative nonfiction at Medium and


Joe E. Jeffreys is a drag historian. He teaches theatre studies at New York University and The New School and has video documented NYC’s vibrant drag and burlesque scenes for over a dozen years. See samples of his video work at


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New York, NY United States


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