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UCLA Queer Studies Conference 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011
9:30 AM - 7:30 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. 

[9:30 – 10:00 BREAKFAST]                                      


10:00 – 11:15                                                  Royce 164
The Runway of Life: Fashion Design, Performance, Transitional Logic

Tania Hammidi, Diversity Studies, California College of Art

“Queer Fashion as Social Armor: Identity Formation, Self-Fashioning, and Everyday Life”
Parisa Parnian, Senior Designer Menswear Guess

“Swatch: The Dematerialization of a Wardrobe”
Aaron Valenzuela, M.F.A. candidate, University of California – Irvine


10:00 – 11:15                                                  Royce 162
Fashioning Solidarity

“Fashioning Trans Selves”
Elias Krell, Performance Studies, Northwestern University

"And the Walls Came Tumblr-ing Down? Internet Activism, Queer Identities, and Possibilities of Fashionable Resistance"
 Catherine Connell, Sociology, Boston University

“Outfitting the Outcast: Writing Fishnet Femifestos from Out Dark, Queer Closets”     
Shereen Inayatulla, English, York College CUNY


11:30 – 12:45                                                  Royce  164                 
The Williams Institute – Making Up Working Women: Enforcing Workplace Gender Norms Through Appearance Codes  
Jennifer C. Pizer, Legal Director and Arnold D. Kassoy Senior Scholar of Law, Williams Institute
Jody Herman, Public Policy Fellow, Williams Institute
Peter J. Cooper, Public Policy Fellow, Williams Institute


11:30 – 12:45                                                  Royce 162
Bodily Manifestations

“No Apologies: Discussing Public Hair in Public Spaces.  An application of Humor Theory and Relational Aesthetics”
Erin D. Coleman-Cruz, Art, Independent Artist
Finesse Coif
Bianca McGraw, Student Affairs, University at Buffalo
Lynnetta Coif

“Affective Fashion and Queer Becomings”
Stephen Seely, Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers University

“Anatomy’s a Drag: Leigh Bowery’s Birth Shows”
Kristen Galvin, Visual Studies, University of California - Irvine


[1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH - patio]


2:15 – 3:30                                                      Royce 162                              
Butch, Femme, and Beyond

“Boots, belts and bling: fashion and female masculinities in Kampala, Uganda”
Melissa Minor Peters, Anthropology, Northwestern University

“Appearance Can Be Deceiving: Butch Femme Styling and the Accuracy of Visual Cues”
Alix Genter, History, Rutgers University

“’Oh Baby, What Are You?’ Queer Dress and Harlem’s New Negroes”
Allison J. Hamilton, Philosophy, New York University


2:15 – 3:30                                                      Royce 164
Materializing Blackness

“Queer Assemblages and Irruptions of Blackness”
Rizvana Bradley, Literature, Duke University

 “Mi(red): Cotton, Black Self-fashioning, and the Gap (Red) Campaign”
Cecilio Stephanie Cooper, Performance Studies, University of California – Davis

“Queerly Clothed: The Queer Telepistemology of Clothing in Representations of Black Gay Men”
Alfred L. Martin Jr., Media Studies, University of Texas at Austin


2:15 – 3:30                                                      Royce 160
Self Iconography

 “The Prisoners”
Nissim Gal, Art History, University of Haifa

“Make it Work: Tim Gunn, Celibacy, and the New Queer Dandy”
Karli June Cerankowski, Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University


4:00 – 5:30                                                      Royce 164                  
Plenary II
Arthur L. Little, Jr., English, University of California – Los Angles

Mignon R. Moore, Sociology, University of California – Los Angeles

“Papi Time:  Guayaberas and the Fashioning of Latina Butch Temporality” 
Deborah R. Vargas, Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California - Irvine

Monica Miller, English, Barnard College


[5:30 – 6:00 RECEPTION - patio]


6:00 – 7:30                                                      Royce 314
QUEERTURE Fashion Show
with artistic director Tania Hammidi

Our present and future programming depends on generous donations from foundations, departments, and individuals.  Please make any donations payable to “U. C. Regents.” 

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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