College of Liberal Arts

Queer(ing) Futures, Queer Futurity: CWGS Graduate Symposium with Keynote Speaker, Juana María Rodríguez

Friday Mar 31, 2017 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM | GWB 2.206

24th Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies

Graduate Student Conference

The University of Texas at Austin

Friday, March 31, 2017

All events will be in GWB 2.206.

 Keynote is free and open to the public.

The Center for Women's & Gender Studies (CWGS) annual graduate conference offers students at any recognized university the opportunity to share their research in women's, gender, and/or sexuality studies with the students and faculty affiliates of CWGS, The University of Texas at Austin community, and CWGS community partners.  This year, the Annual CWGS Conference will be held as a symposium, with 3 panels of students whose work complements that of the keynote speaker. In moving from a conference to a symposium, CWGS aims to open, rather than constrict, the format of the event.

CWGS's 2016-2017 Symposium theme is “Queer(ing) Futures, Queer Futurity”:
Who is allowed to take up space—literally and figuratively—in the future? How do race, nation, and sexuality relate to future cultural imaginaries? What is the future of queer studies? What work is queer studies accomplishing in the twenty-first century? What is the relationship between language, queerness, and futurity? How does language shape, or otherwise effect, perceptions of queer futurity? Who is imagined to exist in the future? What is the relationship between queer communities, digital communities, and activism? What are the generative possibilities of the Internet, as a digital space?

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•    9:00-10:00: Drag Yoga with Jackalin Paradise (Kewal Hausmann)
•    10:30-12:00: Performance of the queer radicalized body panel
                - Adam Aziz
                -Lario Albarran
                -Alaina Monts
                -William Mosley
•    12:15-1:45: Lunch, Juana María Rodríguez  keynote
                -“’The Amazing Past’ or Feeling lo femenino”
•    2:00-3:30: Queering the Archive panel
                -Candice Lyons
                -Abe Heath
                -Amy Vidor
                -Lindsey Davis
•    3:45-5:15: Queer Pedagogy: Hegemonic Masculinities, Feminist Interventions panel
                -Giorgia Shields
                -Jessica Rubin and Meg McKeon
                -Emily Johnson
                -Briyana Clarel
•    5:30-6:00: “A Conversation with LaWhore Vagistan” (Kareem Khubchandani)

Drag Yoga with Jackalin Paradise (9:00am-10:00am)
Start your day with an invigorating yoga practice and meditation taught by Jackalin Paradise (Kewal Hausmann), the only Drag Queen yoga therapist on planet Earth! All levels are welcome to join in, just be ready to move and have a great time in this unique opportunity to dive into the study of yoga, meditation, self-study, and empowerment!

Keynote: Juana María Rodríguez “The Amazing Past” or Feeling lo femenino (12:15pm-1:45pm)
This presentation investigates how visual documentation transforms our affective encounters with Latina sexualized embodiment. Using the biographical archives of a San Francisco transgender activist, Adela Vazquez, it asks what does seeing tell us about the subjective experiences of the life stories we encounter textually? And how does the embodied presence of the speaking subject of auto/biography hover over captured visual depictions of their lives?

“A Conversation with LaWhore Vagistan” (5:30pm-6:00pm)
In “A Conversation with LaWhore Vagistan,” LaWhore will alternate between performing musical numbers, primping and getting ready, and taking questions.   

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Radio-Television-Film, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Support for Dr. Juana María Rodríguez's keynote event is provided by the Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship in Liberal Arts.  

Juana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU Press, 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU Press 2014) which won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize at the Modern Language Association and was a Lambda Literary Foundation Finalist for LGBT Studies. Her work has been published in academic journals internationally and she has been featured on NPR’s Latino USA,, Canadian News Network, and Cosmopolitan for Latinas. She is currently working on a book on visual culture and Latina sexual labor.


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