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Queer CUNY This Saturday!

Queer CUNY VIII: The Twilight of Queerness?
Saturday, December 1st
Hunter College, West Lobby
10am-6pm

The conference will commence in the West Lobby of Hunter College (entrance on the SW corner of 68th and Lex).

To get a sneak peek of the scheduled panels, click
10am- Coffee, Breakfast and Introductions
Opening Remarks: Antonio Aquino, Queer Student Union, Hunter College

Taylor Black, Director, Queer CUNY VIII

Rupal Oza, Director, Women and Gender Studies Program, Hunter College

11am- Session 1

Panel A: Making Queer Media, Then and Now


For decades, queer media has spanned everything from riot grrrl record labels to campy 'zines. These mediums interact with mainstream media and capitalist business models in divergent ways, spawning different visions of the creative potential of avowedly queer media. This panel explores the range of possibilities and challenges that characterize queer publishing, music ventures, and independent youth media.

Moderator: Richard Goldstein, Hunter College.

Panelists: Gina Mamone, President and CEO of Riot Grrrl Ink, Alternative Capitalisms and Radical Queer Media.

Amanda Moscoso, Global Action Network, Cultural Criticism and Material Fashioned by Queer Youth of Color.

Les Simpson, Founder and Editor of My Comrade and creator of NYC DragSensation Linda Simpson, Revolutionary Gay Media.

Panel B: Visual Pleasure

Queer art can create opportunities for experiencing aesthetic pleasure, (dis)articulating sexuality-based identities, and creating new visual cultures across national borders. The power of queer visual culture is not grounded so much in the identity of the artist as in these multiplicitous creative possibilities. This panel will explore art's queerly generative power by examining mediums as diverse as transnational feminist art, voguing performances, and gender-variant porn.

Moderator: David Gerstner, College of Staten Island.

Panelists: Morty Diamond, Director of Trannyfags and Trans Entities, A Personal Look Into One Transman’s Journey Into Erotic Arts.

Jon Freeman, Tufts University, Dancing to Disidentify: Voguing, Queer of Color Critique, and Neoliberalism.

Eleanor Whitney, Co-Editor of riffRAG, Pushing Boundaries: Contemporary Queer Visual Culture Across Cultures and Mediums.


12:30pm-Lunch

Thomas Hunter Hall, 5th Floor


1:00pm- Session 2

Panel A: Queering Pedagogy


Moderator: Loren Krywanczyk

Panelists: Jes Battis, Trans/Scripts: Collecting the Work of Queer Grads.

Marty Fink, Queer Admin: Coming out Day and Other Pedagogical Surprises.

Loren Krywanczyk, Queering Pedagogy as a First-Year Public School Teacher.

Seth Clark Silberman, How To (And Why You Should) Teach Queer Theory.

Panel B: Real Live Freaks: Representing Deviance in Pop Culture

Popular representations of sexual deviance have created a vast and titillating taxonomy of purported perversion and degeneration. Some of these pop phenomena are powered by moral panic: witness the proliferation of attention to the gay male meth addict or the straight white sex offender. Others emerge from a liberal logic of genteel tolerance and curiosity, as seen in talk-show television or best-selling memoirs. The presentations below engage critically with this voyeuristic spread, offering fresh perspective on just who is targeted as queer and how.

Moderator: Rosalind Petchesky, Hunter College

Panelists: Taylor Black, Hunter College, Perverted Justice: Shifting Landscapes of Control and the Contemporary War on Sex Predators

Kate Bovich, NYU, Devious Passing: An Experiment in How the Other Half Lives

Sassafras Lowrey, author of From GSA to Marriage: Stories of a Life Lived Queerly, Modern Freak Shows: Transgender Representations on Oprah 2003-2005.

Benjamin Persky, CUNY Graduate Center, The Quintessential Gay Drug: HIV/AIDS, Crystal Methamphetamine, and the Instant Bottom.

Workshop: Queer Networking in New York City

The aim of this workshop is to create a network of students, community organizers and people with similar interests, in order to build a strong, academic, queer community in New York City and the Tri-State area.

Moderators: Antonio Aquino, Queer Student Union, Hunter College.

Kristina Cooper, Lesbians Rising, Hunter College.


2:30pm- Session 3

Panel A: Intelligibility and Transgression


Queerness signifies both an aberration from and resistance to the norms of sex and gender. Often, this task of recasting social norms is seen as incompatible with strategies that work more intimately with normative political structures or identities. This panel will aim to examine and problematize this facile opposition, with presentations examining bisexual invisibility, monster ethics, sovereignty and ‘necropolitics,’ and the politicization of gay male subjectivities.

Moderator: E. Glasberg, Princeton University.

Panelists: James Arnett, CUNY Graduate Center, Zombie Politics: A Vision of Post-Queer Collectivity

Brent Calderwood, CUNY Graduate Center, Queer Liberation? No Thanks, We’ll Pass.

Jennifer Mitchell, CUNY Graduate Center, Oh Boy -- or Girl: Hypothetical Bisexuality.

Oli Stephano, Vassar College, Monster Ethics: Beyond No Future.

Panel B: Local Strategies, Global Resistance

Queer political tactics might be said to focus on the formation of novel alliances and the undoing of colonizing political logic and practices. Nevertheless, queer politics walks the line between replicating and displacing these totalizing schemas. What does this edge look like in both local and transnational political organizing? This panel will explore and critique movement building and "queer community" from a variety of perspectives.

Moderator: Paisley Currah, Brooklyn College.

Panelists: Emi Kane, NYU, Critiquing Queer Diaspora Theory.

Thea Quiray Tagle, GABRIELA and UC-San Diego, (Queer) Love in a Time of War, or why talk about queer Filipina/Americans when there are soldiers dying for our freedom?

Leigh Thompson, TransMasculine Community Network, Challenging Static Notions of an LGBT “Community.”

Julian Wolfe, Sylvia’s Place, Fitting At-Risk Queer Kids of Color into the Community.

Workshop: Alternatives to Marriage

A practical and inspired discussion about queer kinship, headed up by folks from the Alternatives to Marriage Project (AtMP), a national nonprofit organization advocating for equality and fairness for unmarried people, including people who are single, who choose not to marry, cannot marry, or live together before marriage.

Moderators: Jennifer Gaboury, Hunter College.

Katie McDonough, Hunter College.


4:30pm-Keynote Address by Lisa Duggan

West Lobby

Lisa Duggan, Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director, American Studies Program at NYU, is the author of Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity and Twilight of Equality: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics and the Attack on Democracy. She is also co-author with Nan Hunter of Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture.

5:30pm-Reception

West Lobby

Please contact QueerCUNY@gmail.com with any questions.
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