Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The DC Queer Studies Symposium


The DC Queer Studies Symposium
A Two-Day Conference at the University of Maryland
April 17-18, 2008, College Park, MD

Free and open to the public

Visit our website here.

DC Queer Studies is a group of faculty from schools in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area formed in 2006 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. The symposium is the first public scholarly event organized by the group. Its aim is to showcase the work of faculty and graduate students who are helping to make the national-capital area a leader in interdisciplinary sexuality studies.

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.

Thursday, April 17 offers presentations by graduate students in area schools and a keynote address by Roderick A. Ferguson, associate professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota and author of Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (University of Minnesota, 2004). Friday, April 18 features a full day of faculty papers, roundtables on key words in sexuality studies, and group discussion around the elegant mahogany table in the Crist Boardroom at the Riggs Alumni Center. The symposium is free and will include two receptions as well as a light breakfast and lunch on Friday.

We invite you to join us for any or all of the two day's events. Due to limitations on space and our desire to create a seminar-type atmosphere on Friday, however, we ask that you register in advance for that day only. We also hope that you will be able to stay with us for the entire day on Friday, though we understand that may not be possible in every case. Click here to access a pre-registration form. If you would like to attend on Friday, please fill out the form and return it by e-mail to lgbts-dcqueers@umd.edu or by fax to 301.314.2529. We will contact you if Friday fills up and we are unable to honor your registration request.

Sponsors: University of Maryland (Department of English, LGBT Studies Program, Office of Undergraduate Studies); American University (College of Arts and Sciences); Georgetown University (Department of English); the George Washington University (Columbian College of Arts and Sciences)

Event Coordinator: Marilee Lindemann, University of Maryland, with the assistance of Mel Michelle Lewis, graduate assistant to the LGBT Studies Program, University of Maryland

Planning Committee: Christina Hanhardt, University of Maryland; Dana Luciano, Georgetown University; Robert McRuer, George Washington University; Madhavi Menon, American University

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