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Launch of the LGBTQ Studies Program

Fri, September 1, 2017
Launch of the LGBTQ Studies Program
Launch of the LGBTQ Studies Program

We are happy to announce that, after many years of planning, a new LGBTQ Studies Program will be launched in the 2017-18 academic year.  The Program will operate under the auspices of the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies and builds from the foundation established by the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster, which has provided programming and support for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates since its inception in 2004.  Over time, the Research Cluster has helped create the LGBTQ/Sexualities track of the WGS graduate portfolio, the undergraduate certificate and transcript-recognized minor, and the development of new curriculum, including WGS 303 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies and WGS 335 topics course in LGBTQ Studies.

The inaugural Director of the LGBTQ Studies Program will be Ann Cvetkovich, Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies.  Cvetkovich is a long-time faculty member at UT who works on affect, archives, and LGBTQ public cultures. Her books include An Archive of Feelings:  Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke, 2003) and Depression:  A Public Feeling (Duke, 2012), and she has been coeditor, with Annamarie Jagose, of GLQ:  A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (2004-2011).  Dr. Cvetkovich is writing a book about the current state of LGBTQ archives and the creative use of them by artists to produce counterarchives and interventions in public history.  She recently worked with students in her spring 2017 Queer Archives class to curate an exhibition of Harry Ransom Center collections called Coming Out of the Archives, which is on display at the HRC until the end of September.

Grayson Hunt is the new part-time Program Coordinator.  Grayson completed a PhD in philosophy at the New School for Social Research in NYC before beginning a postdoc at Bard College teaching political and feminist philosophy for the Bard Prison Initiative. Grayson’s current work explores the shared struggle of bisexual and transgender people, in particular the erasure and double standards that propel biphobia and transphobia. Before arriving at UT, Grayson taught at Western Kentucky University and started the university’s first transgender and non-binary student group. Grayson is currently the editor of the Newsletter on LGBTQ Issues in Philosophy for the American Philosophical Association.

With the increased visibility of the Program, we hope to support LGBTQ life on the campus, working in conjunction with organizations such as the Gender Sexuality Center, PEFSA (Pride and Equity Faculty Staff Association), the President’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Initiatives, and student LGBTQ groups.  Our aim will be to facilitate the vision for a gender-inclusive and LGBTQ-friendly campus laid out by the GSC.  

We will also be able to consolidate and expand our programming.  Our programming for the fall includes trans-genre artist Justin Vivian Bond in conversation with UT faculty (Thursday, Sept. 7, 7-9 p.m., CLA 1.302E), a partnership with PEFSA to showcase the work of RTF faculty member and filmmaker PJ Raval (Tuesday, Oct. 3, 12-1 p.m., CLA 1.302E), a book launch for Curran Nault’s Queercore:  Queer Punk Media Subculture (Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Cheer Up Charlies), and our end of semester Happy Hour in December.  We are also hoping to add more programming that features the work of our students.   

We will also host a major symposium as the official launch of the Program on January 25-26, 2018, which will feature invited visitors in partnership with UT faculty. Confirmed speakers thus far are Rod Ferguson (University of Illinois, Chicago Circle) and Ernesto Martinez (University of Oregon).  

Please visit the program's website

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