Starting Date: 02-11-2005
Ending Date: 02-13-2005
Santa Barbara, California
United StatesGenderQueer / QueerGenders
Conversations Among Artists, Activists & Academics
February 11, 12, and 13, 2005
GenderQueer/QueerGenders is a multidiscplinary, multimedia co nference that will take place in Santa Barbara, CA, this coming February. It will be a forum for people who’ve been thinking about queerness and gender from different places (institutions, geographic locations, identities) and through different means (performance, scholarship, organizing , cultural politics, etc). The confere nce will bring together artists, scholars and activists as equal contributors to conduct workshops, exhibit and perform art, and present academic research. A priority of this conference is to reflect the diversity and complexity of gender expressions and the meanings gender has in different racial and cultural locations. To that end, we particularly encourage proposals by and for people of color, working-class people, and people with disabilities.
GenderQueer/QueerGenders will be a forum for discussing the multiplicity of queer gender identities as they are experienced and expressed simultaneously with race, region, class, access, ability and other identities. One catalyst for this project has been our collective frustration with the lack of certain critical discourses about intersections of genders and sexualities. Specifically, we are concerned about the limited discourse on “emerging” queer genders including, for example, queer femininities, heterosexual queers, and the ways that gaps like these overlap with existing silences about race, class and privilege. We fear that these discourses are sometimes overshadowed by homogenizing “conventional” narratives of genderqueer and transgender communities. We hope to create a space to theorize a wider range of queer genders more fully representative of our identities, communities, and political/artistic work.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CONFERENCE WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING EVENTS:
-community art project
-evening of performances
-keynote speaker series
-drag cabaret night
Geographical Scope: Regional