Lecture Series

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program at the University of Maryland is pleased to announce the schedule of events for the Spring 2015 lecture series.

QUEER SPECULATIONS: Thirteenth Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

What if? And what then? The time and space of gender, sexuality, race, and empire are shaped by acts of speculation: both financial speculation on “futures” markets and the speculative imaginaries that invent, theorize, imagine, and enact different kinds of worlds. Queer theory, politics, and life have always engaged in speculative practice, demanding we attend to forms of kinship, politics, gender, sex, and sociality that exceed the logics of assimilation. In recent years, attention has turned both to the ways in which some queer formations can reinforce the logics of speculative capital, and to the work of speculative cultural production in imagining different, deviant worlds. This year’s lecture series invites you to join discussions about the speculation about queer bodies, objects, feelings, pasts, futures, utopias, dystopias, and transformations as our invited speakers tackle such questions as: What is speculative about queerness? How does queerness interrupt, reframe, reinterpret different forms of speculation?

All events are free and open to the public. Off-campus visitors may find directions to campus and information about parking here.

ADDITIONAL EVENTS TO BE ANNOUNCED

JUANA MARÍA RODRÍGUEZ
Friday, April 17, 2015

Juana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also affiliated faculty with the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance studies; the Berkeley Center for New Media; the Center for Race and Gender; and the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures. Professor Rodríguez is the author of two books, Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003) and Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings (NYU 2014) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She is currently working on a third book project that considers the intersection of age, sexuality, race and visual culture.

Note: This is the keynote event for the DC Queer Studies Symposium, “Queer Speculations," April 17, 2015, at the University of Maryland.

Q&A and reception to follow each lecture.

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