Tenth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium
Friday, April 21, 2017, 8:30am-6:45pmUniversity of Maryland, College Park, Ulrich Recital Hall (1121), Tawes Hall
KEYNOTE BY CATHY COHEN
Registration is FREE and OPEN to the public.
At the close of the 20th century, Cathy Cohen insisted that “…a truly radical or transformative politics has not resulted from queer activism.” She instead offered ideas about coalitions organized in the name of the “nonnormative” and “marginal” and based in an intersectional analysis of power that demanded a move beyond an assimilative LGBT agenda. Twenty years after the publication of Cohen’s “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?” the relevance of these words echo loudly in our current political era. Cohen’s call became the basis for important research and political work in regards to race, sexuality, and class. In celebration of that landmark essay, and her overall breadth of scholarship and activism, this symposium invites Cohen and a wide range of other scholars and activists to revisit the influence of her vision and to explore the question: What does transformative political activism look like in the 21st century?
The symposium is being organized by L.H. Stallings, Associate Professor of Women's Studies, University of Maryland and Christina Hanhardt, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Maryalnd. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the symposium website at http://wmst.umd.edu/cohen
All are welcome to join us for part or all of the symposium events as schedules allow. For more details, including information about each panel session, presenter bios, symposium location and travel information please visit http://wmst.umd.edu/cohen