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UCLA Queer Studies Conference 2010

A two-day conference that focuses on trans issues broadly construed from specific transgender embodiment to the intellectual, social, political, racial, global, theoretical, philosophical etc. 'crossings' that happen in queer lives and queer discourses. Register to see Vaginal Davis' performance. For free reservation email the LGBTS department at:

Saturday, October 09, 2010
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
306 & 314 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

<  SATURDAY October 9th >

8:30 – 9:00
Light Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15                                        

Tough, Mad, and Sexy: Crossing Native American Space


Christopher Looby, English, University of California – Los Angeles


“A Topography of Indigenous Queer Desire: ‘The Toughest Indian in the World’ Confronts the Great Gay Migration”

Chris Belcher, English, University of Southern California


“Transnational as Trickster: Joy Harjo’s ‘In Mad Love and War’”

Anthony Moses Sanchez, English, University of California – Los Angeles


“Alive on the Page and Resistant: Native Queer Politics and the Sovereign Erotic in Qwo-Li Driskill’s Walking with Ghosts

Erin Erhart, English Literature, Brandeis University

9:00 – 10:15                                        
Scarred: Readings in Queer Shame


Steven Nelson, Art History, University of California – Los Angeles

“Marked: Whip Scars and Photography”

Jordy Jones, Independent Scholar


"Phantasmagoria:  The Queer Art of Temporality in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie."   Casey Henry, English, City University of New York


“Femme Identity, ‘Lowbrow Art,’ and Queer Punk: Theorizing Shame in

Michelle Tea’s Rent Girl”                                                                                                    

Patricia Nelson, English, University of Southern California


9:00 – 10:15                                                        

Queer Studies and Disability Studies


Helen Deutsch, English, University of California – Los Angeles

“They Look Like Us: The (In)Visibility of Sexual Deviance”

Cyd Cipolla, Women’s Studies, Emory University

“Disabled Eros?: Ambivalence, Anxiety and the Politics of Representation”

Megan Friddle, Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University

“Asexuality and Disability: Beyond a Relationship of Mutual Negation”

Kristina Gupta, Women’s Studies, Emory University

10:30 – 11:45                                      

Performing Blackness: From the Plantation to the Streets


Mignon Moore, Sociology, University of California – Los Angeles

“Queer Curatorship: Displaying the History of Race, Sex, and Power”

Jennifer Tyburczy, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Rice University


“Queer Feelings, Aesthetic Embodiments: Towards a Reconsideration of Adrian Piper’s

‘The Mythic Being’”

Uri McMillan, English/African-American Studies, University of California – Los Angeles


“Kinless or Queer: The Non/Existence of the Queer Slave in African American Literature”

Rebecca Balon, English, University of California at Irvine


10:30 – 11:45                                      

Beyond Conceptual Moves: Queer Approaches to Embodied Change


Susan Stryker, Gender Studies, Indiana University – Bloomington

“Movement Out of Context”

Julian B. Carter, Critical Studies, California College of the Arts


“Transgender Movement(s) and Beating the Straight Flush: DS+R’s Art of Trans-Washrooms”

Lucas Crawford, English and Film Studies, University of Alberta


“Transference Moves Me”

Marcia Klotz, English and Women’s Studies, Portland State University


“The Warm-Up”

Kelly Rafferty, Performance Studies, Arizona State University


10:30 – 11:45                                      

Let’s Get Serious: Talking Back to Queer Theory

Nizan Shaked, Art, Art History Area, California State University - Long Beach


“So, Is Art Queer Then?”

Donald Preziosi, Art History, University of California – Los Angeles


“When ‘The Economy’ is Sick: Queer Feminist Possibilities in Economic Bodies”

Evangeline M. Heiliger, Women’s Studies, University of California – Los Angeles


“We are Born In Flames: Queer Critiques of States and Revolutions”

Craig Willse, Center for Ideas & Society, University of California - Riverside


10:30 – 11:45                                      

The Queer Senses

"Muscles and Mascara: Spectacular Unreadability in Rechy’s Outlaw Aesthetics”

Alison Reed, English, University of California - Santa Barbara


“Quear: Signifiance and the Queerness of the Hearing”

Roshanak Kheshti, Ethnic Studies, University of California – San Diego


“Feeling Plastic: Soviet Pantomime and Queer-Deaf Phenomenology”

Anastasia Kayiatos, Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of California – Berkeley

11:45 – 1:00
1:15 – 2:30                                           
Plenary Panel

Paul Amar, Global and International Studies, University of California - Santa Barbara


Afsaneh Najmabadi, History and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard

Gayle Salamon, English, Princeton
2:45 – 4:00                                           
Trans–Speak: Weapons, Passions, Modernity


Sue-Ellen Case, Theater, Director of Center for Performance Studies, University of California – Los Angeles

 “Bodily Apocalypse: Trans Embodiment in Angela Carter’s The Passion of the New Eve

Margaret Galvan, English, City University of New York


“An Uneasy LGBT? Cooperation Between Male-Bodied Trans People and Homosexual Women in Weimar Germany”

Nancy Twilley, Germanic languages and Literatures, Washington University – St. Louis


“Queer Weapons: Revising Patriotism and the American Body in Frank Pierson’s Soldier’s Girl

Jessica Lee Mathiason, Comparative Studies in Discourse & Society, University of Minnesota

2:45 – 4:00                                           

Homos on the Ranch: Bears, Soldiers and the American Nation


Blake Allmendinger, English, University of California – Los Angeles

“Bearing the Nation: Regular Guys, Homo(inter)nationalism, and Queerness”

Joseph Coyle, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign


“Militarizing Queer Bodies: Heteronationalism and Homonationalism in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’”

Jennifer Kosakowski, Culture and Theory, University of California – Irvine

2:45 – 4:00                                           

Queer Utopianism, Multiculturalism, and the Im/possibility of Politicization in Neoliberal Canada


Rhonda Hammer, Women’s Studies, University of California – Los Angeles

 “Un/settling Questions about Research and Advocacy with Queer Refugees”

Sharalyn Jordan, Counseling Psychology, University of British Columbia


 “Migrant Intimacies: Networked Media, Mobilities and the Practice of Un/belonging for the Diasporic Queer Lives in Canada”

Dai Kojima, Human Development, Learning and Culture, University of British Columbia


“Made in Canada: Gay Rights and Post-Queer Articulations of Sameness”

Lori MacIntosh, Social, Culture and Politics in Education, University of British Columbia

4:15 – 5:45                                                           
6:00 – 8:00                            Free!                       Reserve now!!           at

Performative Lecture by VAGINAL DAVIS    

Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo--Black Screen Images, and the Notion of Freakiness



David Bohnett Foundation

Gill Foundation

UCLA Graduate Division

UCLA Asian American Studies Center

Center for Near Eastern Studies

Center for Performance Studies

UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy

The departments of—

Asian American Studies


French and Francophone Studies

Germanic languages

Women’s Studies


Cost : Free and Open to the Public

(310) 825-1455

Sponsor(s): , UCLA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

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