Thinking Queer Activism Transnationally | Schedule | Panelist Bios

 

Spring 2014


Friday, April 11, 2014
9:00am - 7:00pm

CAS Gallery/Wesley Foundation
1210 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Map to CAS Gallery

Free and open to the public

Registration required

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Click the links below to listen to the podcasts for each panel:

iTunes image icon for podcasts Panel I: Hybridity, Flexibility, and Organizing: Postcolonial Strategies

iTunes image icon for podcasts Panel II: New Forms of Protest: Queer Youth, Queer Regions

iTunes image icon for podcasts Panel III: Homonationalisms and Their Dissenting Others: Queer Statelessness

iTunes image icon for podcasts Panel IV: Counter-narratives: Taking on “Tradition” and “Religion”


Queer Youth Activism
Follow-Up Conversation


Saturday, April 12, 2014
10:00am - 11:30am

Student Activities Center
Third Floor, Activities Room North
Brunch provided
Parking Map

Free & Open to the Public


Sponsored by SAVE


Confirmed Speakers:

Paul Amar, University of California, Santa Barbara
Rafael de la Dehesa, City University of New York - Staten Island
Kenyon Farrow, Organizer, Communications Strategist, and Writer
Raquel (Lucas) Platero Méndez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Graeme Reid, Human Rights Watch
Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law
Maurice Tomlinson, Lawyer and Journalist
Ruth Vanita, University of Montana

Organized by the Queer Studies Research Group:
Pamela Geller (Anthropology), Brenna Munro (English),
Gema Pérez-Sánchez (MLL), and Steven Butterman (MLL & WGS)

Cosponsored by Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Modern Languages and Literatures’ Carter Fund, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Civic and Community Engagement, American Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies, and Africana Studies Program


This symposium will bring together scholars and activists who work on queer and transgender issues to discuss what effective transnational activism might look like. How can action be taken to address LGBTQ needs across borders without engaging in what Teju Cole has called the ‘white-savior industrial complex,’ and without exacerbating the very questions of sovereignty that have made LGBTQ rights in the global South such a politicized contemporary issue? What new connections and modes of intellectual and strategic exchange might be established between activists and scholars that could invigorate transnational projects and make LGBTQ lives better? What should ‘internet activism’ become in an era of both instant virtual connectedness and radical inequality? What about the borders of class, race, and gender within the U.S.? This forum for re-thinking global queer politics at the intersection of activism and academia is aimed at shifting the public conversation, and engaging with students and the wider local community. The follow-up conversation on Saturday will be a more informal discussion focused on queer youth activism here in Miami and the intersections between the local and the transnational.