Lecture Series

The Department of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland proudly presented the following events for the Spring 2015 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender lecture series.

QUEER SPECULATIONS: Thirteenth Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

Queer Speculations

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?

Deep Time, Dark Time: Kara Walker’s Anarchaeology

5:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015
Francis Scott Key Hall 0106

Tavia Nyong’o is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at New York University. He writes, researches and teaches critical black studies, queer studies, cultural theory, and cultural history. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009), won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies. Nyong’o has published articles on punk, disco, viral media, the African diaspora, film, and performance art in venues such as Radical History Review, Criticism, TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Women Studies Quarterly, The Nation, and n+1. He is the co-editor of Social Text.

Colloquium with TAVIA NYONG’O
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015
Taliaferro Hall 2110

Can't attend Professor Nyong'o's lecture Thurs. March 12 at 5pm? Or, just want MORE! This event follow's Professor Nyong'o's talk from the previous day and is an opportunity for students and faculty to gather in a more intimate and informal setting for more extended discussion of the issues raised in the lecture. We hope you'll join us to continue the conversation about queer speculations--all are welcome!

Investing in the Cruel Entrepreneurial University

5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Marie Mount Hall 1400

Miranda Joseph is Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. She uses the tools of cultural studies to explore the relationship between economic processes and social formations. Her recently published book, Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism (Minnesota, 2014), explores various modes of accounting (financial, juridical and managerial) as they are deployed to create, sustain and transform social relations. Joseph has also published a series of essays, drawing on her institutional leadership experiences, addressing the projects of Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies and Ethnic Studies in journals such as GLQ, Feminist Formations, and Social Politics. Her first book, Against the Romance of Community (Minnesota, 2002) describes the mutually constitutive relationship between community and capitalism.

RAMZI FAWAZ, “Stepford Wives and Female Men: The Radical Differences of Female Replicants"
SHANTÉ PARADIGM SMALLS, “Superheroes, Queerness, and Anti-Blackness: Storm, Django, and Michael Brown”

3 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Note: This is the PLENARY for the DC Queer Studies Symposium, “Queer Speculations,” April 17, 2015 at the University of Maryland

Ramzi Fawaz is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His forthcoming book, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press: Fall 2015), received the 2013 Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship award for best first book manuscript in LGBT Studies. His research has been published in American Literature, Callaloo, and Anthropological Quarterly, and his essay on the aesthetics of AIDS cultural production appears in GLQ's special issue On the Visceral (January 2015). His current project treats the aesthetic and cultural politics of women's and gay liberation since the 1970s. Fawaz is also co-organizer, with Damon Young, of the Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective, a national working group of early-career queer studies scholars in the humanities. 

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is Assistant Professor of English at St. John’s University. Her current research uses critical race theory, hip hop studies, and queer theory to consider how New York City hip hop music, visual art, and film offers “queer articulations” or race, gender, and sexuality. Smalls is co-editor of “All Hail the Queenz: A Queer Feminist Recalibration of Hip Hop Scholarship,” a special issue of Women & Performance with Jessica Pabon and has publications published or forthcoming with Oxford University Press, Lateral, Criticism, and American Behavior Scientist.

Feeling Queerly, Knowing Otherwise

5:00 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015
Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

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

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. She is one of the founding members of the Haas Institute's Center for a Fair and Inclusive Society's LGBTQ Citizen Cluster, and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty & Staff for the University of California. 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 quandaries of representing racially gendered violence, pleasure, and trauma in visual culture.

Co-sponsors: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND Office of Diversity & Inclusion; Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies; departments of American Studies, Anthropology, and English; Asian American Studies Program; LGBT Equity Center AMERICAN UNIVERSITY Department of Literature GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY Department of EnglishTHE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY departments of American Studies and English

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