Friday May 19th 2023

  • 8:15am - 9:00 am
    Check-in / Breakfast

    Location: Royce 306

  • 9:00 am - 9:20am
    Opening Remarks

    Location: Royce 314

  • 9:30am - 11:00am
    Panel Session 1
    Panel 1a:What’s Queer about Culture?(Royce 306)
    Respondent: Patty Gone, Doctoral candidate, Performance Studies, UCLA

    Pallavi Rudraraju, “Dragging the Classics: A Vivacious Read of Classical Indian Dance”

    Megan Wicks, “Queering the Narrative: What Fan Activity Can Tell Us About Truth in Fiction”

    Brendan Drake, “Heartbreak Feels Good in a Place Like This: Tracking Queer Sociality in Contemporary Dance and Performance.”


    Panel 1b: Aesthetics, Politics, Solidarity (Royce 314)
    Respondent: Sa’ed Atshan, Associate Professor, Emory University

    AJ Kurdi, “Contested colonialiti(es): the transnational production of a Lebanese queer political space.”

    Diaa Alsersawi, “The Fi’dai and the Queer: Palestine and the Aesthetics of Queer Worldmaking”

    Aiza Khan, “Khwajasira Alternatives: Queer Subjectivity, Kinship, and Solidarity under Precarity”

  • 11:10am - 12:40pm
    Panel Session 2
    Panel 2a: Trusting Spaces (Royce 306)
    Respondent: Tamika Butler, Doctoral candidate, Urban Planning, UCLA

    Ravindu Ranawakam “Nocturnal Afterlives: South Asian Trans Rebirth and Temporality in Queer Nightscapes”

    Cass Wood, “Queering Urban Architecture: Preserving Cisheterosexism Through the Hostile Built Environment “

    Balakrishnan Raghavan, “Cruising the Performative: Staging Utopia Through ‘At Odds With Even Love’”

    Panel 2b: Scrambling the Archive (Royce 314)
    Respondent: Josephine Ong, Doctoral candidate, Gender Studies, UCLA

    Yas namazie, “Between Spectacular and Invisible: Charting abolitionist futurities of trans of color information work”

    TengChao Zhou, “Archiving Gay Chinese Literature as Generative Art on the Blockchain”

    Gunindu Sithunada Abeysekera, “Returning the Ga(y)ze: A Recreation and Reflection of Lionel Wendt’s Queer Sri Lankan Photographs”

  • 12:40pm -1:30pm

    Location: Royce 306

  • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
    Performance: Balakrishnan Raghavan, At Odds With Even Love

    Location: Royce 314

  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Panel Session 3
    Panel 3a: Suturing Borders (Royce 306)
    Respondent: Lynette Dixon, Doctoral candidate, Gender Studies, UCLA

    Lalu Esra Özban, “Screening in Solidarity: Pink Armenia & Pink Life QueerFest Beyond Borders and Censorship”

    Michael Harrington, “Wish Death ‘Pon Me: The Gangster’s Queer Signification”

    Dominic Bocci, untitled paper

    Panel 3b: Queer(y)ing Care (Royce 314)
    Respondent: Lauren Baczewski, Doctoral candidate, Human Development & Psychology, UCLA

    Angelina Cayabyab, “Fighting for Queer Liberation: Reproductive Justice and Neoliberal Market Incentives in a Post-Roe Environment.”

    Dena Gohari, “‘They Thought It Was an Obsession’: Trajectories and Perspectives of Autistic Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adolescents”

    Shivani Dave, “QTPOC Relationality as Praxis for Politicized Trust”

  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
    Coffee Break

    Location: Royce 306

  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Keynote Presentation, Dr. Sa’ed Atshan, Emory University

    Location: Royce 314

  • 5:45pm - 8:00pm
    Reception, Closing Remarks, and performance by Brendan Drake

    Location: Fowler Museum Courtyard