QGrad 2009

Published: April 26, 2016


Friday and Saturday, October 9-10, 2009
314 Royce Hall, UCLA
Program Overview
Friday 1:00
Concurrent Panels
Williams Institute Panel
Plenary Panel
Saturday 8:30

Light Breakfast
Concurrent Panels
Concurrent Panels
Workshop on Archives
Panel on Archives
General Information
1:00-2:20 Girlhood: Queer Liminalities 
Moderator: Lee Edleman, English, Tufts University“Horse-Crazy Girls: Alternative Embodiments and Queer Socialities”
Natalie Hansen, Literature/Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz“Impersonal Attachment: Villette and the Possibilities of Queer Intimacy”
Brian Malone, Literature, UC Santa Cruz“‘Whose Hunger Matters?’: A Queer Approach to Eating Disorder Research, Treatment and Outreach”
Lauren Clark, Collegium Program Assistant and Writing Coordinator, Honors Collegium, Ohio State University
Moderator: Paul Amar, Law and Society Program, UC Santa Barbara“Yesterday Will Make You Cry: Prison Sex in the Eyes of the State”
Elizabeth Steeby, Literature, UC San Diego“A Briefcase Filled with Paper: The Transgender Body and the Medical Experience”
Heather Wollin, Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work“Tearoom: From Police Surveillance to Queer Resistance”
Curran Nault, Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin
2:30-3:45 The Williams Institute – Recent Scholarship Focused on Policies Affecting the LGBT Community
Moderator: Naomi Goldberg, Peter J. Cooper Public Policy Fellow, The Williams Institute“Parent, Child and Family Outcomes in Gay and Lesbian, and Straight Adoptive Families: Implications for Child Welfare Policy and Practice”
Devon Brooks, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Ian Holloway, MSW, MPH, Doctoral Candidate, School of Social Work School of Social Work University of Southern California“Migrants or Myth? Educational and Residential Experiences of Rural Central Appalachian Sexual Minority Young People”
Christopher Stapel, Doctoral Candidate, University of Kentucky

“Transgender Economic Health Survey”
Masen Davis, Executive Director, Transgender Law Center

4:00-5:30 Plenary Panel
Moderator: Robert Diaz“The Travels of Disaffection: Care Labor, Affect, and the Filipino Queer Diaspora”
Martin F. Manalansan IV, Anthropology, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign”The Part That Nas No Part”
Elizabeth Povinelli, Anthropology & Gender Studies, Columbia University

“Against Survival: Queerness in a Time That’s Out of Joint”
Lee Edelman, English, Tufts University

5:45-7:00 Reception
LGBT Center
9:00-10:30 Deprovincializing the Orient 
Moderator: Elizabeth Povinelli, Anthropology & Gender Studies, Columbia University“More Than Just Homophobia: Nationalism and the (Mis)reading of Masculinities in Colonial India”
Kama Maureemootoo, Centre for the Study of Theory, Culture and Politics, Trent University“‘Josh’ and ‘Firaq’: Defying the Queer Urdu Canon”
Shad Naved, Comparative literature, UCLA

“MSM: The Lives of a Category”
Tom Boellstorff, Anthropology, UC Irvine

Victorian Qe(e)ries 
Moderator: Joseph Bristow, English, UCLA“Poets, Lovers and Pet Owners: Triangulations of Intimacy in Michael Field’s Whym Chow, Flame of Love”
Sarah Kersh, English, Vanderbilt University“The Queer Scotsman and the Lavender Earl: John Davidson in the 1890s”
Neil Hultgren, English, California State University – Long Beach

“Queer Hydes: Coporeality and Narrative in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case”
Ryan D. Fong, English, UC Davis

Is Asexuality Queer?
Moderator: Sandra Harding, Departments of Education and Women’s Studies, UCLA“(Dis)Connections between LGBTQ and Asexual Politics: The Example of Same-Sex Marriage”
Kristin Scherrer, Social Work and Sociology, University of Michigan“The New ‘New Virginity’: The Asexual Movement and the Sex Wars”
Megan Milks, Literature and Creative Writing, University of Illinois at Chicago

“What’s at Stake in an Asexual Identity?: The Asexual Movement and Queer Politics”
Karli Cerankowski, Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University

10:30-12:00 Splitting Identity
Moderator: Martin F. Manalansan IV, Anthropology, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign“Defying Heteronormativity(?): Muxe Politics of Representation”
Kevin G. McDonald, Comparative Literature, UCLA“‘Gay or Asian’? Virginia Tech’s Narratives of Normativity and Nation in LGBTQ Press”
Margaret Rhee, Comparative Ethinc Studies, UC Berkeley“Trans Immigrants, Law, and the Limits of Marriage”
Kate Drabinski, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Tulane University

“Tikkun Olam, Tikkun Atzmo (Repairing the World, Repairing the Self)”
Sarah Burghauser, Writer, Los Angeles, CA

The Queer Vicissitudes of Hip Hop Expressive Culture 
Moderator: Mitchell Morris, Musicology, UCLA“No Homo: Negotiating Racialized Sexual Surveillance in Hip Hop”
Marisol LeBrón, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University“I’m a Flirt”
Laurence Ralph, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

“‘Where I come from, gay people were like aliens …’: The queer vicissitudes of hip hop lyricism”
Michael Ralph, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

“‘We Don’t Wear Tight Clothes’: Gay Panic and Queer Style in Contemporary Hip-Hop”
Joel Penney, The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania


1:45-3:45 Archive Workshop
Facilitator: Dalena Hunter, Librarian, UCLA Bunche Center for African American StudiesSpeakers: Varions panelists from queer/marginalized archives
4:00-5:30 Archive Panel
Moderator: Ondine Chavoya, Williams College“Recovering a Cyclone in Aztlan: Sexuality, Material Culture and Chicano Archives”
Robb Hernandez, Department of American Studies, University of Maryland“Queer Nation-Los Angeles Archives”
Luz Calvo, Queer Nation Collection, California State University, East Bay
5:30-7:30 Reception
Haines North balcony, near Haines 193
General Information

This year’s LA Queer Studies Conference is the successor to the QGrad conferences held annually at UCLA beginning in 1999. Although we no longer limit the conference to graduate students, we always encourage substantial graduate student participation, since one of the goals of the current format is to foster the exchange of ideas between graduate student and faculty scholars.

The conference is free and open to the public.


Royce Hall is located on the UCLA campus.
For directions to and maps of UCLA click here.

Parking is available in UCLA Parking Structure 4 at a cost of $9 per day. From Sunset Boulevard, enter campus by turning south onto Westwood Plaza, then proceed straight ahead to Structure 4. There is an information booth as you enter where you can purchase a parking ticket. Please let them know you are attending the LA Queer Studies Conference in Royce Hall. Since Structure 4 can get quite busy, we recommend that you leave extra time for parking


The LA Queer Studies Conference 2009 is organized by the UCLA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program with generous support from

the David Bohnett Foundation, the Gill Foundation

and the UCLA Division of Humanities, Division of Social Sciences, Graduate Division, Asian American Studies Center, Chicano Studies Research Center, Center for the Study of Women, Office of Faculty Diversity and Development, the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, and the departments of Anthropolopgy, Art History, Asian American Studies, Comparative Literature, English, Film, Television, and Digital Media, French and Francophone Studies, Germanic Languages, Musicology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies