D.C. Queer Studies
Each spring the department hosts a spring lecture or symposium to stimulate important conversations among the LGBTQ studies community in greater Washington, D.C.
In conjunction with the official start of the LGBTQ Studies Program at the University of Maryland in 2003 it began hosting an LGBT Studies Speaker Series. In 2006 a group of faculty from schools in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area formed to discuss new works in the field and to exchange, support, and cultivate new ways of engaging with LGBT/Queer/Sexuality Studies across the disciplines and across institutions. That group, the DC Queer Studies Consortium, was integral to the inception of the first DC Queer Studies Symposium in 2008. The DC Queer Studies Consortium has since dissolved, but the UMD Department of Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies Program have continued to organize a spring lecture or symposium.
2021: Queering Health/Care Speaker Series and Symposium
During spring semester of 2021, the LGBTQ Studies Program of the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is sponsoring a series of events dedicated to the queer politics of health and care. From its earliest days, queer theory has been invested in the politics of health, its emergence coinciding with the urgent demands of responding to the AIDS crisis. Academic queer studies was powerfully influenced by social movements’ acts of radical protest and collective care in the face of the stigmatization and abandonment of people with HIV/AIDS. And throughout the field’s many turns, a concern with the politics of the body has remained central, especially as queer scholarship intersects and overlaps with disability studies, critical race theory, and trans studies. Now, the impact of COVID19 is once again revealing the ways in which certain populations bear the brunt of unequal access to healthcare and essential social services, and non-state-based formations of care and support are once again emerging as a matter of urgent necessity. This series brings together scholars in queer and trans studies and related fields to think through the politics of the body and health at this moment.
View a slideshow of posters from previous events: