QUEER AND NOW: RETHINKING QUEER THEORY IN THE HUMANITIES A Symposium Sponsored by The Center for the Humanities and Organized by the Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective Friday, March 7, 1:30-5:30 PM, College Library 2252Â A-B (Media Labs) The Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective is a new national working group of first-year and early career queer theory professors working to transform, and expand, the scope of sexuality studies in the humanities.Â Queer and NowÂ brings together the eleven members of the collective and UW faculty working in the fields of LGBT studies, gender and womenâs studies, and literary and cultural studies to explore the cutting edge of work in contemporary queer theory. The symposium will consist of two parts. Part I,Â Keywords at a SwerveÂ (1:30-3:30), will explore keywords in contemporary queer theory as well as critical responses to those keywords by young scholars whose work takes up, reinvents, or deviates from the central terms of the field. Part II Making a Queer Scene: Conversations in Queer Theory (4:15-5:30) will consists of a series of break-out groups, or roundtable discussions. Each break-out group will be co-facilitated by a member of the collective and a UW faculty member who will lead a discussion around two competing or analogous terms that have animated debates in both queer theory and the humanities more broadly. These include Race/Performance; Queer Reading/âDoing a Readâ; Disability/The Body; Transgender/Anti-Identitarianism. We ask that faculty and graduate students sign up for specific roundtables in part II. For more information and a detailed schedule, or if you would like to participate in one of the roundtable discussions, please e-mail Ramzi Fawaz (Assistant Professor of English) atÂ email@example.com. The Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective:Â Kadji Amin (Stony Brook University), Katie Brewer Ball (Wesleyan University), Ramzi Fawaz (UW Madison), Zakiyyah Jackson (University of Virginia), Uri McMillan (UCLA), Amber J. Musser (University of Washington, St. Louis), Roy Perez (Willamette University), Jennifer Row (Boston University), ShantÃ© Smalls (University of New Mexico), Jordon Stein (Fordham University), Damon Young (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor). Participating UW Faculty:Â Leslie Bow (English), Jill Casid (Art History), A. Finn Enke (History and Gender, Womenâs and Sexuality Studies), Aida Hussen (English), Ellen Samuels (Gender, Womenâs and Sexuality Studies and English). Queer and Now: Rethinking Queer Theory in the Humanities FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 1:30-5:30pm College Library 2252Â A-B (Media Lab) Part I:Â Keywords at a Swerve 1:30-3:45Â Temporality: Intro to Keyword: Aida HussenÂ Swerve: Â Jennifer Row, âAt a Loss for Time: Erotic Velocities and Queer Desires.â Negativity: Intro to Keyword: Damon Young Swerve: Amber Musser, âHow to Really Feel Bad: Adding Flesh to Negativity.â Aesthetic: Intro to Keyword: Jill Casid Swerve: Uri McMillan, âPerforming Objecthood.â Affect: Intro to keyword: Jordan Stein Swerve: Kadji Amin, âAffective Histories.â 3:45-4:15 Coffee break Part II:Â Making a Queer Scene: Conversations in Queer Theory E-mail Ramzi Fawaz (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up for a discussion group 4:15-5:30 RaceÂ /Â Performance: ShantÃ© Smalls & Katie Brewer Ball Queer ReadingÂ /Â âReadingâ: Ramzi Fawaz & Roy PÃ©rez DisabilityÂ /Â The Body: Ellen Samuels & Leslie Bow TransgenderÂ /Â Anti-identitarian: A. Finn Enke & Zakiyyah Jackson Â
If you’re in the Madison, WI area this weekend, please join us Friday for Queer and Now!