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Faculty Book Celebration: 'In Defense of Tackiness: The Queer Environmental Politics of Glitter'

Wednesday, February 28 | 4:00 PM

Umrath Lounge
Umrath Hall, St. Louis, MO 63130

The publication of a monograph or significant creative work is a milestone in the career of an academic. The Center for the Humanities commemorates this achievement annually during the Faculty Book Celebration. The event recognizes Washington University faculty from the humanities and humanistic social sciences by displaying their recently published works and large-scale creative projects and inviting two campus authors and a guest lecturer to speak at a public gathering.

In this talk, Nicole Seymour will offer an environmental-cultural history of glitter, contextualizing and challenging the recent backlash against this substance, including the sweeping ban implemented by the European Union in 2023. Focusing on the tackiness of glitter — its physical stickiness as well as its metaphorical association with the vulgar — Seymour will chart how glitter has served as a rallying symbol for the marginalized: the working class, people of color and queer communities.


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Featuring keynote speaker Nicole Seymour, professor of English, California State University, Fullerton, and author, “Glitter,” an environmental-cultural history of a substance often dismissed as frivolous
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