Queer Studies Research Group -- “Disco Dionisos” (David Trullo 'New Pagans' 2005)

“Disco Dionisos”
(David Trullo 'New Pagans' 2005)

Since 2006, and with support from UM’s Center for the Humanities, the Queer Studies Research Group has brought together scholars whose research and creative interests focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies. All participants maintain a commitment to interdisciplinarity and global perspectives. Faculty and graduate students from the University of Miami and Florida International University take an active role in the group. Departmental affiliations include Anthropology, Art History, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures (including linguistics), Religious Studies, and Sociology. We, of course, welcome members from other fields of the humanities and social sciences, as well as advanced undergraduates. 

The group gathers approximately three times per semester to consider recent scholarship in queer studies. These discussions are complemented by visits from prominent academics in the field. One not need be a member of the Queer Studies Research Group to attend these talks. The group's most recent event was Katrina Karkazis’s visit to UM on April 27, 2012.  Her talk, entitled “Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes,” addressed how the sports world has grappled with the question of sex variance in the wake of the controversy over South African runner Caster Semenya.

View the special issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online on "Thinking Queer Activism Transnationally," guest edited by Brenna Munro and Gema Pérez-Sánchez: 

Abstract for Queer Studies Special Issue

If you would like your name added to the listserv or information about readings from past meetings, please let us know; email Pamela Geller (p.geller@miami.edu).

Queer Studies Research Group Reading List

Queer Studies Bibliography (2010)




Wed Oct 18, 2017 from 12-1:30pm
Merrick Building, MLL Conference Room, MB 210-02

Reading excerpts from Carlos Decena’s book Tacit Subjects.‌

Decena, Carlos. 2011. Tacit Subjects: Belonging and Same-Sex Desire among Dominican Immigrant Men. Durham, NC: Duke University Press [excerpts]

Beliso-De Jesus, Aisha. 2014. Santería Copresence and the Making of African Diaspora Bodies. Cultural Anthropology 29(3):503-26.

Martínez-San Miguel, Yolanda. 2011. Female Sexiles? Toward an Archaeology of Displacement of Sexual Minorities in the Caribbean. Signs 36(4):813-36.

Allen, Jafari S. 2015. Erotics in Media Res: Topping Caribbean Studies from the Bottom? Small Axe 19(1):159-68.


Queer Studies Research Group Co-Convener -- Brenna Munro

Brenna Munro – Fall 2015

Assistant Professor of English


Pamela Geller – Spring 2016

Assistant Professor of Anthropology