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Queer Camaraderie

A symposium celebrating the launch of LGBTQ Studies at UT
January 25-26, 2018
CLA 1.302B

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Camaraderie. Cabaret. Comadres. Colleagues. Coteries. Conversation. Collaboration. Collectivity. These are some of the keywords that have guided the development of this symposium. To celebrate the launch of the LGBTQ Studies Program at UT, we invited our faculty affiliates to partner with someone of their choosing to organize a panel or an event. symposium boom pink The resulting program is an eclectic mix – part gay cabaret, part lesbian potluck – but one that thus represents some of the many things we do and the wide-ranging affiliations, friendships, and networks that we share across and beyond UT. Many of our guests are returning to us from previous visits, some are former colleagues, and we are also signaling our connections with the still new departments of African and African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, as well as the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, all of which have made queer scholarship and recruitment a priority.

Our focus on “queer camaraderie” is also marked by a strong emphasis on work that combines the scholarly and the creative, the performative and the discursive, and that is attuned to the affective dimensions of queer intimacies. We hope this program will signal some of the future directions for an LGBTQ Studies Program grounded in our collegial and collaborative associations, which are one of our sources of power in the face of oppressive institutions. These informal cross-campus affiliations have long sustained the LGBTQ Research Cluster out of which the Program emerged. And while we now have more institutional support and affirmation, especially through our ties with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, these more personal connections will remain one of our strengths as we go forward in creating and fostering an LGBTQ-friendly and gender-inclusive campus, as well as one committed to racial justice.

The program includes a range of formats -- panels, conversations, and performances – and will also include opportunities over breakfast and lunch for smaller-scale discussions of politics, pedagogy, and professions.

Sponsored by:  LGBTQ Studies Program, Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship in Liberal Arts, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the Graduate School, Department of English, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.


Thursday January 25

6:00-7:00pm     Reception and Opening Remarks                   
7:00-7:30pm     The Critical Polyamorist 100s by Kim TallBear
7:30-9:00pm     Flesh: A Performance Lecture and Conversation with Xandra Ibarra (La Chica Boom) and Laura Gutiérrez

Friday January 26

9:00-10:00am     Breakfast (with political feelings discussion)

10:00-11:30am   Queer Arousals in Contexts of Racialized Harm by Ernesto Martínez (with Julie Minich and Karma Chávez)
11:45-1:00pm    Awkwardness: A Conversation by Joshua Javier Guzmán and Chad Bennett

1:00-2:30pm     Lunch (with small discussion groups)

2:30-4:00pm     The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora by Rod Ferguson (with Lyndon Gill and Omi Tinsley)                          
4:15-5:15pm     Tipi Confessions: A Research-Creation Laboratory by Kim TallBear (with Ann Cvetkovich)
5:15-6:00pm     Wrap-up discussion of pedagogy, politics, professions, and institutions