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UCLA Queer Studies Conference 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
306 & 314 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This year’s conference will explore and exploit issues of fashion, queerly construed. We have invited a wide range of questions and panels on subject topics as drag, female masculinities, male femininities, queer making and self-fashioning, cloning and styling, and, of course, the culture and politics of the fashion industry itself.  Questions of class, economics, history, ethnicity, race, (im)migration, geography, exploitation, and sublimation are at the forefront of our query.  We seek to know what might be a new analytic or interdisciplinary methodology through which to attend to multiple registers of fashion. 


10:00 – 11:15                                                  Royce 314
Against the Grain

“Refashioning Queer Counter Culture: Liquid Sky’s Avant-Trash Aesthetics and the Detritus of the President”
Corella Di Fede, Visual Studies, University of California – Irvine

“Synthetic  Spectacles, Excessive Embodiments: Nicki Minaj and Eccentric Black Performance”
Uri McMillan, African-American Studies and Women’s Studies, University of California – Los Angeles

“Lady Gaga’s Fashion: ‘The Monster’ as a new gender”
Rachel Jordan, English, California State University of Northridge


10:00 – 11:15                                                  Royce 306                              
Latina/o Excess:  from Synthetic nails to textual resistance

“Chongalicious Style: The Queer Politics of Latina Girls’ Sexual-Aesthetic Excesses”
Jillian Hernandez, Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers College

“Dirty Girl, Clean Dress?: The Dressing of the Queer Latina Body in Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’ Dirty Girls Social Club”
Gabriel Mayora, English Literature, University of Florida

“Camping the Self: Manuel Ramos Otero’s ‘Hollywood Memorabilia’ and the Aesthetics of Opaque Resistance”
Christina León, Comparative Literature, Emory University


11:30 – 12:45                                                  Royce 314
Drag Race: Fashioning Queer Masculinities through Corporeal Drag

“Manifest Faggotry: The Imperial Court System and the Queer Jingoism of the Western Metropole”
Katie Horowitz, Rhetoric, University of California - Berkeley

“The Gesture of Difference: “Bad” Drag in the Neoliberal City”
Ivan Ramos, Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California – Berkeley

“Dragging the Museum: Pussy-Cunt Realness and Voguing in the White Box”
Ariel Osterweis Scott, Performance Studies, University of California - Berkeley

“Turn this Mother Out! Techniques for Black (Male) Re/Dress”
Naomi Bragin, Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California – Berkeley

11:30 – 12:45                                                  Royce 306
Women of Color Performing Gender as Public and Counter-Public Spectacle

“Jenny Shimizu’s Online Traces: An Empty Signifier Overwriting Normativity”
Vivian Chin, Ethnic Studies, Mills College

“Fashioning the (Mighty) Real”
Rebekah Edwards, English, Mills College

“’Sir, You Have just Done the Unthinkable’: Black Butch and Transmasculine Performance as Queer Gender Rebellion in the East Coast ‘Girl Ball’ Scene”
Ajuan Maria Mance, English, Mills College


[1:00 – 2:45 LUNCH – on your own]


3:00 – 4:15                                                      Royce 314                  
The Williams Institute – Trans Black Identities in the United States  
Kylar W. Broadus, Business Law, Lincoln University

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D., Award-winning filmmaker of “Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen”
C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Women of Color Policy Network, NYU Wagner School of Public Service
Marisa Richmond, Ph.D., President, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition


3:00 – 4:15                                                      Royce 306
Techno-Queer Self Fashioning: Digital Theory by Digital Praxis

“The Real and the Fake: Asian American Digitality, Drag Kings, & ‘All of Me’”
Margaret Rhee, Ethnic Studies, University of California – Berkeley

“Borrowed Time: Fan Video and Queer Temporality through a Cylon Digital Remix Machine”
Alexis Lothian, English, University of Southern California

“Please Select Gender: Video Games and Butch Expression”
Amanda Phillips, English, University of California – Santa Barbara

“Wearable Electronics as Femme Disturbance: Sex Positive Community Responses to Gendered Violence”
Micha Cardenas, Interdivisional Media Arts and Practice, University of Southern California

4:30 – 6:00                                                      Royce 314                              
Plenary I
James Schultz, Germanic Languages, University of California – Los Angeles

"From Posing Straps to Strapping Poses: Making Masculinity Fashionable in the Post-War Era"
Michael Bronski, Women’s and Gender Studies, Dartmouth College

"Failure as Queer Style"
Jack Halberstam, English, American Studies, and Ethnicity and Gender Studies, University of Southern California

"Always True to You Darlin' in My Fashion: Queer Musicality and Disciplinarity"
Karen Tongson, English and Gender Studies, University of Southern California


[ 6:00 – 7:30 RECEPTION – LGBTQ Resource Center] 


Cost : Free and Open to the Public

Catharine McGraw McGraw
(310) 206-1145

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

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