The College of Wooster to Host Global Queerness Conference

International LGBTQ conference will be held Oct. 4-7 on campus

September 28, 2012 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster will host “Global Queerness: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Human Rights in the 21st Century,” a four-day conference, Oct. 4-7. This interdisciplinary event is intended to provide a forum for the exchange of information and to encourage new ways of engaging with LGBTQ issues in both a national and international context. The conference is designed for scholars, students, creative writers, human rights advocates, performance artists, and individuals from all areas of expertise and society to establish a dialogue that will engage themes of queer identity, belonging, race, gender, and human rights.

The program includes addresses from several speakers, including the Friday evening keynote address from Cherríe Moraga, a pioneering playwright and scholar in the fields of feminist, lesbian, and gay studies. Her plays, poetry, essays, and publications have received international recognition. Among her awards are a 2007 United States Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature, a 2008 Creative Work Fund Award, and a 2009 Gerbode-Hewlett Foundation Grant for Playwriting.

On Friday afternoon E. Patrick Johnson, professor of performance studies and African American studies at Northwestern University, will perform his one-man show, “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales.” In addition, award-winning lesbian comedian Marga Gomez will give a comedic performance about the intersections of sexuality and latinidad on Saturday evening, titled "Marga Gomez: The Best Queer Comic in the World."

In addition, there will be scholarly panels, roundtable discussions, a queer international film screening, a forum with queer athletes, and a celebration to conclude the conference. Panel topics include “Transgendered Identities; Queering Race in the U.S.,” “Queer Media and Technology,” “Global Queer Cinema,” “Queer Theatre and Performance as Social Critique,” “Queer Justice and Equality in the U.S,” “New Directions in Queer Literary Critique,” “Queer Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.,” “Queer Filmmaking,” “Queer Turns in Pop Culture and Celebrity,” “Queer Literature and Writing,” “Queer Interventions Across the World,” “The Queer Campus Experience,” “Queer Film Across the Globe,” “Queer Health and Well-Being,” “Queering the Visual Arts,” and “Queer Movements and Activism in a Global Context.”

The conference is made possible by the following College of Wooster sponsors: the Office of the President, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Communication, the Department of English, the Department of History, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Wooster Inn.

For more information about the conference, please contact the organizers: Jimmy A. Noriega, Abigail Adams, or Ahmet Atay.