Black Queer Sexuality Studies - Graduate Student Conference (full schedule)
The first Princeton University Black Queer Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Conference will feature 16 presentations of original scholarship and conclude with a keynote address by Professor Kara Keeling. This one day conference will highlight scholarship interrogating the intersections between blackness and queerness.
Sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, Center for Human Values, Davis Center for Historical Studies, Department of History, Graduate School, Lewis Center for the Arts, LGBT Center, Program in American Studies, and Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies
8:30 am - 9:00 am: Registration
9:00 am - 9:20 am: Welcome/ Opening Remarks
9:30 am - 10:50 am: Panel One - Conceptualizing Identities/ Desires
• Jamal Batts (American Studies, California State University: Fullerton): "'Faggots and Dope': Gil Scott-Heron and the Post-Home Life of Queer Black Desires."
• Octavio Gonzalez (English, Rutgers University): "Reginald Shepherd's 'Misfit Minority' Politics."
• Kristina Butler (Social Work, University of Washington): "Effects of Racial Discrimination on Intimate Partner Relationships among LGBT People of Color."
• Heather Vermeulen (African American Studies/ American Studies, Yale University): "‘Always Privily Carryed Corn’: Lordean Erotics in the Diaries of Thomas Thistlewood (Vineyard Penn, 1750-1751)."
11:00 am - 12:20 pm: Panel Two - Literary Queerings
• Emily Owens (African and African American Studies, Harvard University): "Considering Suicide, Living Forever: The Many Incarnations of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf."
• Lydia Nelson (Performance Studies, University of Texas- Austin): "Queering the Dozens: Langston Hughes's ASK YOUR MAMA."
• Kristyl Dawn Tift (Theatre and Film Studies, University of Georgia): "Queering the Politics of Black Respectability: Plays of the Black Arts Movement."
• Gabrielle LaVon Royal (English, New York University): "Terror of the Room, Trauma of the Body: Deconstructing White Privilege in James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room."
12:20 pm - 1:20 pm: Lunch, Schultz Dining Room
1:30 pm - 2:50 pm: Keynote Address
• Professor Kara Keeling (University of Southern California): “Queer Times and the Black Radical Imagination”, with an Introduction by Professor Wallace Best (Princeton University).
3:00 pm - 4:20 pm: Panel Three - Global and Domestic Geographies
• Elizabeth Thompson (English, George Washington University):"Queer Commitments: Marriage, Polyandry, and Black Feminine Desire in Caribbean Maroon Communities."
• Kai Green (American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California): "Towards a Black Queer Geography: The Struggle Over the Uses of Erotic in a Time of Crisis."
• Michael Yarbrough (Sociology, Yale University): Not the Performer but a Stage: State Law and Marriage in Two South African Communities."
• Carla Moore (Gender Studies, Queens University): "Only Who Can Undastan’ It Cross It: The (Im)possibility of Queerness in the Jamaican Dancehall."
4:30 pm - 5:50 pm: Panel Four - Historical Genealogies
• Cookie Woolner (History and Women's Studies, University of Michigan): "'Have We a New Sex Problem Here?' The Early Great Migration and the Emergence of African American "Women Lovers."
• David Green (American Culture, University of Michigan): "The Fictions of Marsha P. Johnson...or Are They? Black Queer History, Literature, and the Archive of Friendship."
• Carol Lautier (American Studies, George Washington University): "‘If He Says He’s Black’: James Tinney and the Performance of Post-Civil Rights Black, Queer and Christian Identities."
• Shana Russell (American Studies, Rutgers University-Newark): "Queerly Visible: The History of Radical Queer Activism at Rutgers-Newark."
5:50 pm - 6:00 pm: Closing Remarks
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm: Closing Reception, Shultz Dining Room
Location: Robertson Hall
Date/Time: 10/20/12 at 08:00 am - 10/20/12 at 7:00 pm
Department: LGBT Center