Brett Abrams

DC Queer Studies

Filed By Brett Abrams | March 23, 2009 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Media

Have you wanted to bone up on your queer studies lately? Curious to see how queer theory applies to current politics in the U.S. and worldwide? DC offers that opportunity next month.

On April 17 and 18th, graduate students and faculty from American University, George Washington, Georgetown and University of Maryland will run the second DC Queer Studies Symposium. Papers, presentations, poetry readings and a reception will occur on Maryland's College Park campus.

The graduate presentations on Friday address several vital areas in queer studies. One of the earliest presentations examines lesbian performance art and its efforts to "speak truth to power." Later, while one paper details the parameters of heteronormativity another examines the invisibility of queers in the recent past (1960s and 70s).

The first afternoon features queer writers reading their works and ends with Judith Halberstam on queer negativities.

The final day includes queer histories, and analysis of poets such as Emily Dickinson and performers including Ethel Waters. Most intriguing to me is a paper that features the queerness of Hip Hop.

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Marilee Lindemann | March 24, 2009 10:07 AM

Thanks so much for the plug, Brett. We are very excited about the symposium, which will bring together faculty and grad students from schools all over the DC area. Your link is actually to a post about last year's symposium. The DC Queer Studies blog should be updated later today with more details on this year's event. You might check back and update your link this afternoon. Thanks again!

Marilee Lindemann
Director, LGBT Studies Program, U of Maryland

John Shields John Shields | March 24, 2009 1:00 PM

Thanks for the heads-up, its on my calendar - as well as my partners (who is a professor at UMD).