Brett Abrams

DC Queer Studies

Filed By Brett Abrams | March 20, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Media, The Movement
Tags: lesbian, poetry, queer, queer theory, theory, university

Have you wanted to bone up on your queer studies lately? Curious to see how queer theory applies to current politics in the U.S. and worldwide? DC offers that opportunity next month.

On April 17 and 18th, graduate students and faculty from American University, George Washington, Georgetown and University of Maryland will run the second DC Queer Studies Symposium. Papers, presentations, poetry readings and a reception will occur on Maryland's College Park campus.

The graduate presentations on Friday address several vital areas in queer studies. One of the earliest presentations examines lesbian performance art and its efforts to "speak truth to power." Later, while one paper details the parameters of heteronormativity another examines the invisibility of queers in the recent past (1960s and 70s).

The first afternoon features queer writers reading their works and ends with Judith Halberstam on queer negativities.

The final day includes queer histories, and analysis of poets such as Emily Dickinson and performers including Ethel Waters. Most intriguing to me is a paper that features the queerness of Hip Hop.
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Glad to let people know about this fine event.