Queer Faculty Symposium
Queer Faculty Symposium Series
The purpose of the QFS Series is to highlight work that is furthering the visibility of queer issues in the academy as well as to showcase the work of queer and ally faculty across The Claremont Colleges.
Check back next semester for information about the 2013 - 2014 QFS. In the mean time, you can read about past events in the series.
In the 2012 - 2013 school year, the QRC hosted four QFS events, look below for titles and descriptions of each talk!
“Thinking Queer from bananas to immigrant rights”
Wednesday, April 24th from 4:15 - 5:30 PM at The QRC
“Thinking Queer from bananas to immigrant rights”with Professor Suyana Portillo, Assistant Professor of Chicano/a-Latino-a Transnational Studies at Pitzer College:
This talk will took participants on an immigrant journey into the transnational world of Central Americans, from Los Angeles to Honduras and back. It will explore how the export economy of bananas, LGBTTI human rights in Honduras, and immigrant rights in Los Angeles intersect in the 21st Century.
ABOUT PROFESSOR PORTILLO
Professor Portillo's research interests include Gender and labor history in the Americas; Central American immigrants and migration; Honduras and Hondurans in the US; Central American transnational social movements; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender human rights in Central America. Recent publications include: "'Outing' Honduras: A Human Rights Catastrophe in the Making," North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) Report on the Americas, vol.45, no.3 (October 2012), "The Los Angeles May Day 'Queer Contingent' and the Politics of Inclusion," Huffington Post, May 5, 2012, and "Honduran Immigrants," Ronald H. Bayor, ed., Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2011.
Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!
“Marriage Equality, Feminism, and the Supreme Court”
Wednesday, April 17th 2013 at The QRC
“Marriage Equality, Feminism, and the Supreme Court” with Professor Audrey Bilger, CMC For the past four years, CMC Literature Professor and Faculty Director of the Center for Writing & Public Discourse, Audrey Bilger has been writing and reporting on marriage equality with particular attention to the feminist implications of the public debate and rights struggle. Her co-edited anthology, Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage (Seal Press 2012) is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Anthology, and she has been covering marriage equality in the courts for Ms. magazine and on the Ms. blog. Professor Bilger will discuss the recent Supreme Court hearings, the anthology, and the role of feminism in the marriage equality movement.
"Queer Mozlandia: Morrissey, Los Angeles, and Ozomatli's 'Gay Vatos in Love'"
Wednesday, April 3rd 2013 at The QRC
Profe Melissa Hidalgo is an Assistant Professor in English and World Literature at Pitzer College. She teaches classes in Chicana/o literature and cultural production, desire and literature, and sports, and always through queer, feminist, and race-conscious lenses. Her research interests include queer Chicana/o-Latina/o performance and literature, gender/sexuality/queer studies, cultures of schooling and education in the U.S., and popular music fandom.
“Mozlandia: Mapping Morrissey Fanscapes in Los Angeles and Beyond,” which focuses on the cultural phenomena of Morrissey fandom in general, and his Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Mexicana/o fans in particular. "Mozlandia" analyzes the culturally transgressive, racialized, and queer spaces co-constituted by British singer and music icon, Morrissey, his fans, and the communities they create in Los Angeles and throughout the Southwestern US-Mexico Borderlands.
"Reading Queer Documentary: Paris is Burning, Wildness, and the Crisis of the Real"
Thursday, November 8th 2012 at the IAC Library
831 N. Dartmouth Avenue, CGU Campus
The QRC joined with Claremont Graduate University's "Thursdays at the HRC" to bring QFS to CGU for the first time in its history! Professor Eve Oishi, Ph.D., of CGU's Department of Cultural Studies will be speaking at the Institute for Antiquities in Christianity Library.
This talk examines two documentaries about queer and transgender people of color separated by two decades: Paris is Burning (1991) and Wildness (2012) in order to better understand the way that queer sexuality, race and gender function in relation to documentary conventions of reality and “realness.” A comparison of the two films also enables a consideration of the ongoing formation of an imagined queer community from the late 1980s through 2012 and the ways in which its subjects are interpellated through new forms of activism and theorizing as well as through media representation and production.
Sponsored by The QRC, the CGU Department of Arts and Humanities, and The Queer Graduate Union.