The Eighth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium
The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations about the various speculative practices queer theory, politics, and life engage, and the kinds of queer speculations about queer bodies, objects, feelings, pasts, futures, utopias, dystopias, and transformations that are emerging. Events will include paper sessions featuring faculty and graduate students, a buffet lunch, and a plenary session featuring Ramzi Fawaz (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Shanté Paradigm Smalls (St. John’s University), whose work is expanding the field of scholarship on queerness and race in speculative cultural production.
The day will culminate with a keynote address by Juana María Rodríguez, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Rodriguez is author of Sexual Futures: Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings (NYU Press, 2014) which speculates about the world-making practices of queer of color femme intimacies and embodiments. Her other publications include Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU, 2003) and numerous articles related to her research in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latina/o and Caribbean Studies.
In 2006 a group of faculty from schools in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area formed to discuss new works in the field and to exchange, support, and cultivate new ways of engaging with LGBT/Queer/Sexuality Studies across the disciplines and across institutions. That group, the DC Queer Studies Consortium, was integral to the inception of the first DC Queer Studies Symposium in 2008. The University of Maryland is proud to be hosting the eighth annual DC Queer Studies Symposium in 2015.
Please join us for what promises to be a lively spring festival of scholarly exchange in an interdiscipline that continues to challenge and transform the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the world in which we live.
REGISTER FOR THE SYMPOSIUM
Registration is FREE and OPEN to the public. On-line registration is now open. We ask that attendees pre-register by April 3 so that we can plan food accordingly. However, on-line registrations will be accepted until April 13, and on-site registrations will also be accepted the day of the event.
Or, you may also send an email to DCQS@umd.edu with the following information: your name, department/title (if any), institutional/organizational affiliation (if any), and email address. Also, please let us know if you will be joining us for the buffet lunch and/or the closing reception.
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SYMPOSIUM PLANNING COMMITTEE
Holly Dugan, The George Washington University; Seung-kyung Kim, University of Maryland; Alexis Lothian, University of Maryland; Ricardo Ortíz Georgetown University; Tom Ratekin, American University; JV Sapinoso, University of Maryland
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
Office of Diversity & Inclusion; Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies; Department of American Studies; Department of Anthropology; Department of English; Department of Women’s Studies; Asian American Studies Program; and the LGBT Equity Center
Department of Literature
Department of English