DC Queer Studies Conference

The DC Queer Studies Symposium
A Two-Day Conference at the University of Maryland
April 17-18, 2009, College Park, MD

Free and open to the public
Visit our website here.

For those of you who attended last year’s inaugural symposium, this year’s will be similar but even more grand. We have a full two-day schedule this time around.

Friday, April 17 begins with quickanddirty V: A Graduate Queer Studies Symposium and will feature papers by students from American, Georgetown, George Washington, and Maryland. Friday afternoon, thanks to the efforts of Maryland poet and PhD student Julie Enszer, we will have a poetry reading featuring Regie Cabico, Reginald Harris, and Richard McCann placing their work in conversation with writers from pre-Stonewall queer literary history. At 4:30, Judith Halberstam will deliver the symposium’s keynote address, “Queer Negativities.” The day will conclude with a reception.

Saturday, April 18 will be a full day of faculty paper sessions on a broad range of subjects (titles and presenters below). The symposium will conclude with an evening of celebration and conviviality at Marilee Lindemann and Martha Nell Smith’s home in Takoma Park. We’ll have a reception and dinner and, if we’re lucky, some quality time under the stars.

We hope you will be able to join us for any or all of these festivities. A condensed version of the schedule is below. We will have a more complete version up on the symposium web site in the next couple of weeks. For those of you not familiar with the Maryland campus, rest assured the web site will have detailed information about parking and building locations.

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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, though we understand that may not be possible in every case. If you would like to attend on Saturday, you can request a registration form by sending an email to: lgbts-dcqueers@umd.edu. Please fill out the form and return it by e-mail to lgbts-dcqueers@umd.edu or by fax to 301.314.2529.

The DC Queer Studies Symposium
A Two-Day Conference at the University of Maryland
April 17-18, 2009, College Park, MD

Free and open to the public

Friday, April 17, 2009
Riggs Alumni Center and McKeldin Library, University of Maryland

9:30 – 10:00 AM

Registration and Welcome (Riggs Alumni Center)

quickanddirty V: A Graduate Queer Studies Symposium
Presentations by graduate students from American University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and University of Maryland

10:00 – 11:15 AM
Concurrent Graduate Symposium Sessions

Speaking Truth to Power: Lesbian Performances, Politics, and Production (Chaney Library)

Amy Washburn, University of Maryland
Julie R. Enszer, University of Maryland
Maria Vargas, University of Maryland

Deviant at the Core: Reading Queerness in Iconic Texts (AAI Conference Room)

Caroline Sidman, Georgetown University
Melissa Yinger, American University
James Goodwin, University of Maryland

11:30 – 12:45 PM

Concurrent Graduate Symposium Sessions

Heteronormativity: Seductions and Subversions (Chaney Library)

Mary Elizabeth Bazemore, University of Maryland
Reed Cooley, George Washington University
Maria Velazquez, University of Maryland

Paranoia, Trauma, and Laughter: Combating Queer Invisibility in the 1960s and 1970s (AAI Conference Room)

Lisa Chinn, Georgetown University
Yee-Hang Tam, Georgetown University
Rebecca Krefting, University of Maryland

1:00 – 2:15 PM
Lunch on own

2:30 – 4 PM
Queer Writers Read
McKeldin Library 6137, Special Events Room

Regie Cabico, Reginald Harris, Richard McCann

4:30 – 6:30 PM
Keynote Address and Reception
McKeldin Library 6137, Special Events Room

Queer Negativities
Judith Halberstam, University of Southern California, English/Gender Studies

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Benjamin Banneker Room, Adele Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland
(Seating for Saturday events is limited, so pre-registration is required. Contact lgbts-dcqueers@umd.edu for information.)

9:30 – 10:00 AM
Registration and Coffee

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Faculty Paper Session: Queer Pasts

Falstaff’s Fairies: Queer Ravishment in Shakespeare’s Windsor, Holly Dugan, George Washington University

History as Quick Cash: The Female Husband and the Pregnant Man, Mandy Berry, American University

What It Feels Like for a Grrrl: Susan and Emily Dickinson, Martha Nell Smith, University of Maryland

“Where’s That Partner of Mine?”: Ethel Waters and the Management of Black Queer Desire, Samantha Pinto, Georgetown University

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Buffet Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 PM
Faculty Paper Session: Constructing Queer Knowledges

Period Cramps, Madhavi Menon, American University

My Love for Hip Hop Is In Its Queerness, Jeffrey McCune, University of Maryland

Queer Transdisciplinarities, Katie King, University of Maryland

2:30 – 3:00 PM

3:00 – 5:00 PM
Faculty Paper Session: Sex, Sexuality, Politics

Creating Kenyan Intimacies, Keguro Macharia, University of Maryland (that’s me!)

Men Get Lean and Mean, Women De-Clutter: Weight Loss, Heteronormative Temporality, and the Thin Contract, Abby Wilkerson, George Washington University

LAUREL: The Irony of Lesbian Identity?, Christina Hanhardt, University of Maryland

Left Melodrama, Elisabeth Anker, George Washington University

7:00 – 10 PM
Reception and Dinner
(Off campus. Please RSVP, by April 3, for the dinner when you register for the symposium.)

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.

I will be at the African Literature Conference from Wednesday to Friday, so will miss the first day, but will be back Friday evening.

6 thoughts on “DC Queer Studies Conference

  1. Keguro: I am SO SORRY I’m going to miss you at U of MD!:( The library has an all-day event on Saturday, so I’m going to miss your presentation — and you won’t be there Friday!? Man, what are we going to do?:)

    “Break a leg” with your paper on Saturday, and hope you have a good time in VT.

    take care


  2. Holy crap, you go to Maryland? I am prolly going to go there for my PhD in Transnational History (they do not have an African history program proper). My family lives in VA so I plan to live rent free for five years :)

  3. Reggie,

    We shall have to plan something, now that I live on your side of the country.


    Yes, I “go” to Maryland, on the train, to teach my students. I am a student only insofar as I keep learning, but I do have my “papers,” and a job.

  4. You’ll dazzle at both conferences, I’m sure; the African Studies one blew me away! If I could be beamed into the audience of a good portion of those panels I would gladly accept whatever noise/distortion effects the process entailed. And then to catch you *and* Mr. Harris down at the Maryland event–that would be rich living, in the best way.

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