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Queer Disruptions III
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Queer Disruptions III

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This will be the third year of Queer Disruptions (QD3), and this year an international slate of esteemed scholars, activists, and artists will convene to celebrate GLQ’s 25th anniversary and to reflect on the seminal conference Black Nations/Queer Nations from 1995.

Prior to the start of the conference, we invite you to a concert performance by queer Colombian sound artist Ana Maria Romano on Wednesday, February 27, organized by the Department of Music and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. The performance will serve as an opening to what is sure to be a dynamic and enriching discussion during QD3.

This program is hosted by the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Council at Columbia University in the City of New York and sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion.

Additional support provided by the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, the Center for the Study of Social Difference, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and the Program for the Study of LGBT Health.



Pre-Conference Programming | Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019

Here and Queer in Networked Space: A conversation with Zach Stafford and Jack Halberstam
moderated by Mark Hansen

5:00-6:30 pm
Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Pulitzer Hall, ground floor

Ana Maria Romano Concert and Discussion
Free and Open to the Public
7:30pm (doors at 7:15)
Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 West 129th Street, between Broadway and 12th Avenue

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019

 4pm-6pm The Forum

Black Nations/Queer Nations
Kendall Thomas (Columbia Law School), moderator
Cathy Cohen (University of Chicago)
Chandan Reddy (University of Washington)
Rinaldo Walcott (University of Toronto)

 6pm-8pm The Forum
Conference Reception

Friday, March 1, 2019

 10am-11:30am | The Forum

NYC Queer History and Theory
Tey Meadow (Columbia University), moderator
Kenyon Farrow (Independent Writer/Activist)
Katherine Franke (Columbia Law School)
George Chauncey (Columbia University)

 11:30am-12:45pm | The Forum

 1pm-2:30pm | The Forum

Queer Art/Queer Theory
Tavia Nyong’o (Yale University), moderator
Iván Ramos (University of Maryland, College Park)
Xandra Ibarra (Independent Artist)
Kara Keeling (University of Chicago)

 3pm-4:30pm | The Forum

Queer/Trans Intersections
Vanessa Agard-Jones (Columbia University), moderator
Marquis Bey (Cornell University)
Dora Silva Santana (John Jay College – CUNY)
Aren Aizura (University of Minnesota)
Boychild (Independent Artist)

 8:30pm-10:30pm | KGB Bar, The Red Room (85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003)

Trans/gression: An Evening of Performance
Curated by Kiyan Williams
Performances by Linda Labeija and NIC Kay

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Queer Studies: Here, There and Elsewhere Conference
10:00 AM10:00

Queer Studies: Here, There and Elsewhere Conference

Graphisme: Guillaume Lavezzari - glavezzari.com

Graphisme: Guillaume Lavezzari - glavezzari.com

The Center for the Study of Social Difference working group Queer Theory: Here, Now, and Everywhere presents: Queer Studies: Here, There and Elsewhere conference at the Columbia Global Center in Paris, France.

This conference brings scholars together from France and the US to discuss queer theory, race, nation and immigration in Columbia’s Global Center in Paris. In the wake of a fierce “anti-gender” movement in Europe, queer theory has been characterized as a foreign import, as an American imperialism promoting ideas fundamentally antithetic to French political culture.

What fantasies of contagion and reproduction lie at the heart of this French (conservative) version of “queer theory” and what is the actual state of queer theory in the French academy today?  The goal of this conference is to bring together French and American scholars to reflect on these questions, exchange ideas, and foster collaborations. In fact, in the US, scholars working under the banner of “queer theory” or “queer studies” comprise a wide-ranging group of thinkers with projects that range across numerous fields including disability studies, the politics of austerity, militarism and masculinity, urban planning, transgender surgeries in a global frame, queer diasporas, immigration, sex work, racial capitalism, state violence and so on. Most significantly perhaps, US based scholars have been vigorous in opposing the notion of a “global gay” or of a singular model of gender, sexuality and desire, and have even critiqued the cultural imperialism inherent in both the circulation of queer theories globally and the circulation of queer bodies within circuits of sexual tourism. Perhaps the most significant difference, moreover, between European based queer theory and US based queer studies has less to do with marriage and the family and more to do with race. Perhaps the most important version of queer theory that should travel to Europe, then, is the work of queer scholars studying race, ethnicity and migration. This conference facilitates exchanges between and across communities of scholars at a time of global political crisis.

Friday December 7:

10am – 10:30 am: Introductions
Arnaud Esquerre (IRIS - EHESS)
Jack Halberstam (Columbia University)

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Panel one: Race and The Making of France

Moderator: Tina Campt (Barnard College)

Todd Shepard (Johns Hopkins University): “The ‘Arab Revolution’ and ‘Revolutionary Homosexuality’ in France’s Postalgerian 1970s”

Camille Robcis (Columbia University): “National Reproduction in the French Gay Marriage Debates” 

Françoise Vergès (Collège d'études mondiales): “Race and the Making of France Yesterday and Today”


12pm to 2pm: LUNCH


2pm to 3:30pm
Panel two: Feminisms, Trans and Gender Theories
Gil Hochberg (Columbia University)

Amélie Le Renard (CNRS, CMH): "A Feminist Postcolonial Approach of White Heteronormativity: Queer Perspectives on Structural Advantages and Distinction"

Emmanuel Beaubatie (IRIS - EHESS, Ined): "A Gender Perspective on Sex Change: The Effects of Sexism and Heteronormativity on Trans Individuals' Trajectories and Experiences in France"

Dominique Grisard (University of Basel, Switzerland), “Pink and Blue Gender Trap or Transgender Revolution? Entangled Discourses of Gender in Childhood Today”


4pm to 5:30pm
Panel three: Queer Cultural Production in an Age of Crisis
Elizabeth Ladenson (Columbia University)

João Gabriell (Marseille): "Trans Revolutionary Politics in Neoliberal Times" 

Damon Young (University of California, Berkeley): “Melodramas of Subjectivity (James Baldwin, Lyle Ashton Harris, Ming Wong)”

Salima Amari (Cresppa, Université de Lausanne), "Lesbians from Maghrebian Immigration: Familial and Sexual Trouble"

Jack Halberstam (Columbia University): Conclusions

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