2017 Queer Places, Practices & Lives Symposium

Queer Places, Practices, and Lives III

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

May 12-13, 2017


Queer Places, Practices, and Lives III

Welcome to the third incarnation of the Queer Places, Practices, and Lives conference! The inaugural conference was held in 2012 and drew inspiration from the life of OSU alum Samuel Steward (B.A., M.A., Ph.D., 1927-34), a college professor, tattoo artist, visual artist, gay erotic novelist, and sexual researcher whose donation to the OSU English Department provided financial support and whose legacy the symposium sought to honor. The second iteration took place in 2014 and carried forward the aim of fostering cross-disciplinary conversations and connecting various publics. We are pleased to continue this tradition of bringing together diverse scholars, activists, students, educators, and community members involved with LGBTQ studies, culture, and politics.

We are especially fortunate to be able to feature queer and trans of color scholarly and activist work through our keynote events: an opening address by Dr. Mel Y. Chen, Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California-Berkeley and author of the award-winning book Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (2012); and a screening of the documentary MAJOR! (2015) followed by a conversation with the subject of the film, queer trans movement visionary Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, who will be joined by Ohio activists for Black trans women’s liberation Elle Hearns and Wriply Bennet.

To register, please fill out the registration form. All events, except the reception, are free and open to the public; attendance at the reception, while free, requires pre-registration.

We ask all attending the conference and keynotes to please help us keep our spaces tobacco-free and scent-free to reduce chemical exposure and injury. For more details on our accessibility guidelines and accommodations, see our accessibility statement.

We hope that you have a generative and rewarding experience!