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Lauren Bakst is an artist and scholar working in experimental performance and queer studies. She is a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania where her dissertation focuses on  lesbian sexual and erotic cultures through an archive of performance, film, and scenes of social life from the 1970s to the present. 


Lauren is a member of the Women & Performance editorial collective and regularly teaches seminars in dance and performance studies, contemporary art, and gender & sexuality studies. She organizes and curates The School for Temporary Liveness, a para-site for collective study and dissonant communion. She is a 2023-24 Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellow in Lesbian Studies at Yale University.

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Photo by Amelia Golden.

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