“Punks, Bulldaggers, And Welfare Queens,” Twenty Years Later: A Celebration Of The Scholarship Of Cathy Cohen
“Punks, Bulldaggers, And Welfare Queens,” Twenty Years Later:
A Celebration Of The Scholarship Of Cathy Cohen

Tenth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium

Friday, April 21, 2017, 8:30am-6:45pm
University of Maryland, College Park, Ulrich Recital Hall (1121), Tawes Hall


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 dcqs@umd.edu

Visit the symposium website at http://wmst.umd.edu/cohen

Keynote by Cathy Cohen
Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and former chair of the department. She has served as the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education and is the former Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. Cohen is the author of two books: Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (Oxford University Press 2010) and The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press 1999) and co-editor with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (NYU, 1997). Her work has been published in numerous journals and edited volumes including the American Political Science Review, GLQ, NOMOS, and Social Text. Cohen is principal investigator of two major projects: The Black Youth Project and the Mobilization, Change and Political and Civic Engagement Project. Her general field of specialization is American politics, although her research interests include African-American politics, women and politics, lesbian and gay politics, and social movements.
Speakers include:
• Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman, English, African and Afro-American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University
• Marlon Bailey, Women’s and Gender Studies, Arizona State University
• Darius Bost, Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University
• Kenyon Farrow, Treatment Action Group
• Chandra Ford, Community Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
• Dayo Gore, Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies, University of California, San Diego
• Sarah Haley, Gender Studies and African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
• LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland
• Jonathan Lykes, Black Youth Project, DC
• Nic John Ramos, American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
• C. Riley Snorton, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University
• Lester Spence, Political Science, John Hopkins University
Symposium Schedule:
8:30-9:00am Light breakfast
9:00-9:15am Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15-10:45am Panel 1 - The Politics of Community Health
11am-12:30pm Panel 2 - Black Freedom Movements
12:30-2:00pm Lunch on your own
2:00-3:30pm Panel 3 - Black Sexualities
4:00-5:30pm KEYNOTE by Cathy Cohen
5:45-6:45pm Reception

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

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