Queer Places, Practices, and Lives:
A Symposium in Honor of Samuel Steward

Schedule at a glance

[expanded version below]

- download the updated program here -

Friday, May 18

8:15 - 2:15 Registration

9:00 - 10:45 Session 1
       1.1 Cinematic Skin, Sickness, Style
       1.2 Exile, Erotics, Eucharistics
       1.3 Queer Encounters in Libraries and Archives: Collections, Classifications, and
            Affectionate Connections

       1.4 Queer Lives, Queer Times
       1.5 Reconstructing Queer Histories
       1.6 Regionalism, Radicalism, Terrorism
       1.7 Sights and Sounds of Queer Popular Culture

11:00 - 12:45 Session 2
       2.1 Chicago + LA: Queer of Color Sexual Genealogies and Political Legacies
       2.2 Homes, Homelessness, Historic Houses
       2.3 National Boundaries, Queer Bodies
       2.4 Queer Communities, Families, Spaces
       2.5 Queer Theories, Tragedies, Opacities
       2.6 Queer Visualities
       2.7 Remembering Sam: Friend, Author, Tattoo Artist

12:45 - 2:30 Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:15 Lunch Session
            Activist Epistemologies and Emerging Artivisms

2:30 – 4:30 Plenary I
            At the Intersections: Migrancies, Intimacies, Gestures

5:00 – 6:15 Welcoming RemarksKeynote Address
            A Biographer’s Journey: The Challenges and Rewards of Rediscovering Samuel
            M. Steward and His Archive

6:15 – 8:00 Reception

Saturday, May 19

8:15 - 9:00 Registration & Breakfast

9:00 – 10:45 Session 3
       3.1 Archives, Technologies, Pedagogies
       3.2 Materializing Queer Histories
       3.3 Performing Queer Bodies
       3.4 Poetry, Pederasty, Retrosexuality
       3.5 Racial Crossings
       3.6 Sites of National “Queers” and Crises

11:00 - 12:45 Session 4
       4.1 Graphic Men: Pulp, Pedagogy, Porn
       4.2 Modernist Moments and Movements 
       4.3 Neoliberal Times
       4.4 Pained Bodies, Masochistic Pleasures
       4.5 Rural/Regional Lands and Lives
       4.6 True Blood? Queer Kinship

12:45 - 2:30 Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:15 Lunch Session
       Archives & Special Collections: A Roundtable Discussion

2:30 – 4:15 Session 5
       5.1 Gay Stewardship: Aesthetics, Subjectivity, and the Trouble With Queer
       5.2 Historicizing Gay Print Cultures
       5.3 Memory, Memorial, Testimonio
       5.4 Midwest Histories, Rhetorics, and Activisms
       5.5 Transmedia, Transreal
       5.6 Queer Geographies

4:30 – 5:30 Afternoon Reception

5:30 – 7:30 Closing Remarks & Plenary II
             In the Archives: Performance, Publics, Punk, Porn

Expanded schedule

Friday, May 18

F 8:30 - 2:15       Lower Level, Ohio Union


9:00 - 10:45       Lower Level Meeting Room

1.1 Cinematic Skin, Sickness, Style

T. Kenny Fountain, Case Western Reserve University
            Affective Sex: Skin, Sensation, and Shortbus

Les Tannenbaum, Ohio State University
            Style as Politics in Tom Ford’s A Single Man

Scott St. Pierre, Oklahoma State University
            If I Only Had a Braaaaaaain: Sick, Sex, and L.A. Zombie

Chair: Yana Hashamova, Ohio State University

9:00 - 10:45       Cartoon Room 2

1.2 Exile, Erotics, Eucharistics

Norman Jones, Ohio State University
            Queer Catholicity? A Transnational Perspective

David Francis, Harvard University
            The Hermeneutics of a Queer Secret: Reading the Works of Two Latin American
            Writers in Exile

Martin Joseph Ponce, Ohio State University
            Queer Epistolary Erotics in Diasporic Filipino Literature

Kale Fajardo, University of Minnesota
            Gulo in the City: Filipino Queer Transnational Aesthetics of (Political) Disorder and
            (Gender) Trouble in Manila During the Marcos Dictatorship

Chair: Judy Wu, Ohio State University

F 9:00 - 10:45       Maudine Cow Room

1.3 Queer Encounters in Libraries and Archives: Collections, Classifications, and
      Affectionate Connections

Emily Drabinski, Long Island University
            Queering Library Classification

Alana Kumbier, Wellesley College
            Teaching the Archive: The Queer Zine Archive Project and Queer Archival Praxis

Mara Williams, University of Oregon
            Saving Our Promiscuity: Archiving Queer Zine History through Affection.

Chair: Alex Jenkins, Ohio State University

 F 9:00 - 10:45       Barbie Tootle Room 

1.4 Queer Lives, Queer Times

Jordana Greenblatt, Queen’s University
            Queer/Theory/Life/Writing: Queer Friend-Love in Roland Barthes by Roland
            Barthes and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s A Dialogue on Love

Emily Rutherford, Princeton University
            J. A. Symonds and the Making of Male Homosexual Identity

Kadji Amin, Columbia College
            Untimely Genet

Wendy Moffat, Dickinson College
            Generation: E. M. Forster’s American Circles

Chair: Sandra Macpherson, Ohio State University

F 9:00 - 10:45       Cartoon Room 1

1.5 Reconstructing Queer Histories

Suzanne Ashworth, Otterbein College
            History, Sexuality, and Subjectivity in Julia Ward Howe’s The Hermaphrodite

Rebekah Edwards, Mills College
            This is Not a Girl: Affective Productions of Criminal Embodiment

Daniel Lang/Levitsky, Independent Scholar
            Scraps and Studs: Queer Collections on Paper and in the Flesh

Shane Vogel, Indiana University
            Divorce, American Style: The Letitia Ernestine Brown Trial and the
            Performativity of Race

Chair: Mytheli Sreenivas, Ohio State University

F 9:00 - 10:45       Suzanne M. Scharer Room

1.6 Regionalism, Radicalism, Terrorism

Billy Hébert, Concordia University
            Radical Queer Spaces of Montreal: In Search of Safety, In Search of Meaning

Omari Weekes, University of Pennsylvania
            “You Must Change Your Life”: Queering the Spatial Cartographies of Sexuality
            and Power in Let the Dead Bury Their Dead

Jennifer Purvis, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
            Unpacking the Fear of Penetration with Terrorism Studies, Queer Theory, and
            Feminism: Heterosexist Patriotism and Recent Anti-Immigrant Legislation

Chair: Lilia Fernandez, Ohio State University

F 9:00 - 10:45       Ohio Staters, Founders Room

1.7 Sights and Sounds of Queer Popular Culture

Nick Wolak and Lindsay Hearts, Evolved Body Art, Columbus

Jillian Hernandez, Rutgers University
            Raunch as Queer Pedagogy in Peaches and Yo Majesty

Chris Belcher, University of Southern California
            “I can’t go to an Indigo Girls concert, I just can’t”: Glee’s Shameful Lesbian Musicality

Chair: Blake Wilder, Ohio State University

F 10:45 - 11:00            Cartoon Room Lobby

Coffee break

F 11:00 - 12:45       Maudine Cow Room

2.1 Chicago + LA: Queer of Color Sexual Genealogies and Political Legacies

Kai Green, University of Southern California
            Looking for U & Longing for Us: How Black Queer Los Angeles Re-members Itself

Craig Willse, College of Wooster
            Race, Sex, Space, and Work: Sociology and “The Homeless”

Rhaisa K. Williams, Northwestern University
            And Your Sidewalks Will Lead Straight to Me: How Black Queer Youth Stake
            Claim to Chicago’s Boystown

Freda Fair, University of California, Los Angeles
            Queer of Color Affective Labor Value and Cave’s “Soundsuits”

Chair: Chris Lewis, Ohio State University

11:00 - 12:45       Suzanne M. Scharer Room

2.2 Homes, Homelessness, Historic Houses

Stephen Vider, Harvard University
            “A Peculiar Talent”: The Interior Decorator, Homosexuality, and the Home
            After World War II

Joseph DeFilippis, Portland State University
            Homeless Shelters as Queer Places

John Anderson, Emerson College
            Between the Closet and the Open Secret: Charles Hammond Gibson and
            Maurice de Mauny Talvande

Chair: Haley Swenson, Ohio State University

F 11:00 - 12:45       Cartoon Room 2

2.3 National Boundaries, Queer Bodies

Cricket Keating, Ohio State University
            State Homophobia, National Identity, and the Politics of Decolonization

Lakshmi Padmanabhan, Georgetown University
            “Becoming Queer”: The emerging figure of the Indian LGBT body

M. Shadee Malaklou, University of California, Irvine
            Queering Iran: Economics of Sexual Quarantine

Rachel Lewis, University of Connecticut
            Bound By Desire: Queer Re-Imaginings of Sexual Citizenship and Asylum in
            Monica Enríquez’s Fragments of Migration (2008) and Un/binding Desires (2011)

Chair: Debanuj DasGupta, Ohio State University

F 11:00 - 12:45       Lower Level Meeting Room

2.4 Queer Communities, Families, Spaces

Scott McKinnon, University of Technology, Sydney
            Queer Uses for Cinema Spaces: Movie theatres and the history of a gay male

Don Romesburg, Sonoma State University
            Locating Where She Comes From: Autobiography, History and
Queer Transracial Family

Daniel Hurewitz, Hunter College
            Visiting the Sins of the Fathers: Exposing the Histories of Gay Sex Criminals 
            and their Prosecutors

Chair: Lisa Cravens-Brown, Ohio State University

F 11:00 - 12:45       Ohio Staters, Founders Room

2.5 Queer Theories, Tragedies, Opacities

Sara Eddleman, SUNY, Buffalo
            Neither Broken Nor Fixed, but Always Breaking: Avoiding the Tragic in
            Contemporary Queer Tragedies

Christina León, Emory University
            Queering Opacity

C. Heike Schotten, University of Massachusetts, Boston
            Queers, Terrorists, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Futurelessness of
            Queer Politics?

Chair: Julie Cyzewksi, Ohio State University

F 11:00 - 12:45       Barbie Tootle Room

2.6 Queer Visualities

Andrew Shelton, Ohio State University
            Ingres, peintre des hommes

Meredith Raimondo, Oberlin College
            Falling Ill: Sickness, Queer Embodiment, and Graphic Memoir

Mark W. Turner, King's College
            Inside Out: Forrest Bess’s Queer Alternative

Chair: Jennifer Suchland, Ohio State University

F 11:00 - 12:45       Cartoon Room 1

2.7 Remembering Sam: Friend, Author, Tattoo Artist

Michael Williams, Friend of Sam Steward and Executor of his Estate
            Remembering Sam

Aren Aizura, Rutgers University; Emmett Ramstad, Artist
            Ungilting the Gold Star Gay: Sam Steward, Emmy Curtis and Trans Homoeroticism

Mica Hilson, Indiana University
            The $tud and the Clones: Samuel Steward, Elitism, and the Democratization
            of Phallic Masculinity

Todd Honma, University of California, San Diego
            “Like Carrying Owls to Athens”: The Aesthetic Intimacies of Phil Sparrow

Chair: Linda Mizejewski, Ohio State University

F 12:45 - 2:30     Lunch Break

F 1:00 - 2:15     U.S. Bank Conference Theater

Film/Activism Discussion: Activist Epistemologies and Emerging Artivisms

Co-organized by Debanuj Dasgupta and Ally Day (Ohio State University) and sponsored by the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective (DISCO) Graduate Caucus with funding from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, this lunchtime session will screen the work of two artists and filmmakers: Kaitlin Meelia’s and Danielle Connor’s Play in the Gray and mónica enríquez-enríquez’s Escrito and Un/binding Desires. A discussion with feminist scholar and activist Guisela Latorre (Ohio State University) will follow. Latorre’s conceptualization of artivism (art as activism) will serve as the theoretical apparatus around which audience members can ask questions of Connor and enríquez-enríquez. The session will highlight newer modes of imagining inclusive spaces and modes of knowledge production which interrogate and redefine relationalities of race, class, gender, sexuality, citizenship status, and ability.

*Complimentary box lunches will be provided in the foyer outside of the U.S. Bank Conference Theater to those who made the request on the registration form.

F 2:30 - 4:30        U.S. Bank Conference Theater

Plenary I     At the Intersections: Migrancies, Intimacies, Gestures

Nayan Shah, University of California, San Diego
            Queerly Transient

Roderick Ferguson, University of Minnesota
            Reading “Intersectionality”

Juana María Rodríguez, University of California, Berkeley
            Queer Gestures in Mambo Time

Eithne Luibhéid, University of Arizona
            (Un)bounding Distinctions Between Citizens and Migrants Through Sexualities
            and Intimacies

Chair: Shannon Winnubst, Ohio State University      

F 5:00 - 5:15       Faculty Club, Main Dining Room

Welcoming remarks

Joseph Steinmetz, Executive Dean of Arts & Sciences

Debra Moddelmog, Professor of English; Co-Coordinator of the Sexuality Studies Program; Director of DISCO (Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU)

F 5:15 - 6:15       Faculty Club, Main Dining Room

Keynote address

Justin Spring, Independent Scholar
            A Biographer’s Journey: The Challenges and Rewards of Rediscovering Samuel
            M. Steward and His Archive

F 6:15 - 8:00       Faculty Club, Main Dining Room


Saturday, May 19

S 8:15 - 9:00       Lower Level, Ohio Union

Registration and Breakfast

S 9:00 - 10:45       Suzanne M. Scharer Room

3.1 Archives, Technologies, Pedagogies

Daniel Marshall, Deakin University; Zeb Tortorici, Stanford University
            Archiving Pleasures: Histories of Sexualities, Genders, and Archives

K.J. Rawson, University of Kentucky
            Toward a Digital Transgender Archive

J. Briggs Cormier, Ohio State University
            The internet as a performance site

Jill Smith, Ohio State University
            Queering Technology Behind Closed Doors: Risk and Revelations in an English
            Language Arts Classroom

Chair: Amanda Rossie, Ohio State University

S 9:00 - 10:45       Maudine Cow Room

3.2 Materializing Queer Histories

Aaron Lecklider, University of Massachusetts, Boston
            “Dey all queer here”: Working-Class Politics and Homosexuality in American

Marika Cifor, Simmons College
            Unnatural Intimacies: Deviance, Sexuality and the Historical Relationships of
            Lesbians and Prostitutes in the United States, 1935-1965

Nathaniel Mills, California State University, Northridge
            Samuel Steward, Eldridge Cleaver, and the Practice of Materialist Sexual History

Scott Herring, Indiana University
            Hoarding Queering: On Late Life Steward

Chair: Tayo Clyburn, Ohio State University

S 9:00 - 10:45       Lower Level Meeting Room

3.3 Performing Queer Bodies

Melissa Wilcox, Whitman College
            Activism and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Performance, Parody,
            Religion, and Resistance

Michael J. Morris, Ohio State University
            twincest/body fluids/fluid bodies

Julian Carter, California College of the Arts
            Dancing a Queer Life: Trans Bodies in the Folds of Time

Chair: Jess Ziegenfuss, Ohio State University

S 9:00 - 10:45       Tanya Rutner Room

3.4 Poetry, Pederasty, Retrosexuality

George Henson, University of Texas, Dallas
            Bom-Crioulo: Latin America’s First Pederastic Novel, or Can Aleixo Come out
            and Play?

Dacia Holliday, University of Utah
            Flirting With the World: Empowering Indigenous Women’s Sexual Identities
            Through Erotic and Love Poetry

David B. Green, University of Michigan
            Afro-Haitian Poetics: The Life and Writings of Assoto Saint

Nishant Shahani, Washington State University
            Queer Retrosexualities and the Politics of Reparative Return

Chair: Tory Adkisson, Ohio State University

S 9:00 - 10:45       Barbie Tootle Room

3.5 Racial Crossings

Trystan Cotten, Cal State U, Stanislaus
            Snatch My Blackness! Race, Space, and Materiality in Trans Migrations of
            the Africa Diaspora

Dredge Kang, Emory University
            Eastern Orientations: Middle Class Gay Desire for “White” Asians in Thailand

Victor Mendoza, University of Michigan
            Negroes Gone Native: American Intimacies, Colonial Fantasies

Chair: Kim McKee, Ohio State University

S 9:00 - 10:45       Ohio Staters, Founders Room

3.6 Sites of National “Queers” and Crises

Niharika Banerjea, University of Southern Indiana
            Critical collaborative ethnography and women loving women in Kolkata: Methods
            and political imperatives

Benzi Zhang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
            A Passage to China: The Sublime Figure of Brotherhood

Juwon Lee, Ohio State University
            Korean Realities, Western Ideologies, and The King and the Clown

Rustem Ertug Altinay, New York University
            Sex, Masculinity, Power and Honor: Reading Ataturk in the Memoirs of Riza Nur

Chair: Taneem Husain, Ohio State University


S 10:45 - 11:00            Lower Level, Ohio Union

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:45       Tanya Rutner Room

4.1 Graphic Men: Pulp, Pedagogy, Porn

Rick H. Lee, Rutgers University
            From Personal Ads to Communal Living: Pedagogy, Literacy, and Sexual Utopia
            in Bert Shrader’s Gay Tutor

Steven Ruszczycky, University at Buffalo
            Pornography and the Police: John Rechy and Samuel Steward

James Sanders, Ohio State University
            An Obscene Diary Reexamined

Chair: Karl Whittington, Ohio State University

S 11:00 - 12:45       Maudine Cow Room

4.2 Modernist Moments and Movements

Benjamin Kahan, Louisiana State University
            The Walk-in Closet: Towards an Etiology of Sexuality

Cody St. Clair, Ohio State University
            Domino Dancing: The Queer Epistemology and Metaphysics of Nugent’s Ellipsis
            in “Smoke, Lilies and Jade”

Cookie Woolner, University of Michigan
            “Never No Wells of Loneliness in Harlem”: African American “Lady Lovers”
            and Sexual Knowledge in 1920s New York

Brian Glavey, University of South Carolina
            Queer Theory and the Avant-Garde

Chair: Sarah Dunlap, Ohio State University

S 11:00 - 12:45       Ohio Staters, Founders Room

4.3 Neoliberal Times

Natalie Oswin, McGill University
            Queer time, global space: the a/synchronies of migrant labour

Mary Thomas, Ohio State University
            Neoliberalism and its discontents

Shannon Winnubst, Ohio State University
            Is Queer Theory Neoliberal?

Chair: Andrea Breau, Ohio State University

S 11:00 - 12:45       Suzanne M. Scharer Room

4.4 Pained Bodies, Masochistic Pleasures

Corie Hammers, Macalester College
            Collective Pain and Future Becoming: BDSM as Queer Sociality

Deborah Kuzawa, Ohio State University
            Sick with what?: Bob Flanagan, Alt-Sex, Aesthetics, and Disability

Rostom Mesli, University of Michigan
            Out of Hiding? Daniel Guérin and the impossible linking of masochism and politics

Jennifer Burns Levin, University of Oregon
            Why Sam’s Masochism Matters

Chair: Nicole Engel, Ohio State University

S 11:00 - 12:45       Lower Level Meeting Room

4.5 Rural/Regional Lands and Lives

Carol Mason, University of Kentucky
            Bruce Goff: A Rural Contemporary of Samuel Steward

Tyler Schmidt, Lehman College
            The “Night Blooming” of Robert Hayden: Queer Poetics and Reticent Regionalism

Chair: Ally Day, Ohio State University

S 11:00 - 12:45       Barbie Tootle Room

4.6 True Blood? Queer Kinship

Meredith Lee, Ohio State University
            Who’s Your Daddy? Queering Tattoo History Through the Life of Phil Sparrow

Meg LeMay, Ohio State University
            Spilling Queer Blood in 27 Rue de Fleurus: Race and Species in Monique
            Truong’s The Book of Salt

Victoria Carroll, King’s College
            (Un)Familia: Blood Bonds or Viral Kinship in the Works of Gil Cuadros

Hoang Tan Nguyen, Bryn Mawr College
            “Wer” Aesthetics and the Remaking of Kinship in Tanwarin Sukkhapisit’s
            Insects in the Backyard (2010)

Chair: Leila Ben-Nasr, Ohio State University

S 12:45 - 2:30     Lunch Break

S 1:00 – 2:15       Buckeye Reading Room, Thompson Library

Archives & Special Collections: A Roundtable Discussion

This roundtable will consider collecting, selling, recovering, and preserving queer materials and archives, with a special emphasis on archives related to Samuel Steward.

Brett Shingledecker, former co-owner of People Like Us Bookstore, Chicago

Justin Spring, Independent Scholar

Chair: Debra Moddelmog, Ohio State University

*Complimentary box lunches will be provided in the Buckeye Reading Room to those who made the request on the registration form.

S 2:30 - 4:15       Suzanne M. Scharer Room

5.1 Gay Stewardship: Aesthetics, Subjectivity, and the Trouble With Queer

Judith Roof, Rice University
            Shipʼs Steward, Sailing with Anger, Singing Un Chant dʼamour

Dennis W. Allen, West Virginia University
            Queer Subjects: Alison Bechdelʼs Fun Home

Chair: Robyn Warhol, Ohio State University

S 2:30 - 4:15       Tanya Rutner Room

5.2 Historicizing Gay Print Cultures

Justin Hanson, Ohio State University
            Inside The Body Politic: Examining the Birth of Gay Liberation

David Johnson, University of South Florida
            The Adonis Male Club:  Physique Magazines, Censorship, and the Making of
            the Gay Male Community

Lucas Hilderbrand, University of California, Irvine
            A Suitcase Full of Vaseline, or Mapping Gay Travel in the 1970s

Chair: David McVey, Ohio State University

S 2:30 - 4:15       Barbie Tootle Room

5.3 Memory, Memorial, Testimonio

Olivier Vallerand, McGill University
            Making Queer Lives Visible: Going Public with Elmgreen & Dragset

Sandra M. Cox, Shawnee State University
            Book of Memory: Poetic Responses to Hate Crimes in Walking with Ghosts
            by Qwo-Li Driskill

Deborah Miranda, Washington and Lee University
            Queering the Missionary Position: Sexual Outlaws in the California Indian
            Testimonio of Isabel Meadows

Chair: Anne Jansen, Ohio State University

S 2:30 - 4:15       Maudine Cow Room

5.4 Midwest Histories and Activisms

Gerald P. Mulderig, De Paul University
            The Bird Who “Knows All, Sees All”: Rhetoric and Identity in Samuel Steward’s
            Illinois Dental Journal Essays

Sabrina Starnaman, University of California, San Diego
            Queering Jane Addams: The Hull-House Museum and the Production of
            Sexual Space

Chair: Corinne Martin, Ohio State University

S 2:30 - 4:15       Lower Level Meeting Room

5.5 Transmedia, Transreal

Micha Cárdenas, University of Southern California
            The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities

Jian Chen, Ohio State University
            NOISE: Trans-Subversions in Global Media Networks

Chair: Maria Celleri, Ohio State University

S 2:30 - 4:15       Ohio Staters, Founders Room

5.6 Queer Geographies

Jih-Fei Cheng, University of Southern California
            Bathhouse Blues: Queer Memory, Geography, and the Lost-and-Found of a
            Los Angeles Bathhouse

Bobby Benedicto, Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Berlin
            The “Third World” City and the Racial Politics of Gay Globality

Chair: Kimberly Springer, Ohio State University

S 4:15 - 5:15       Lower Level, Ohio Union

Afternoon Reception

S 5:30 - 7:30       U.S. Bank Conference Theater

Plenary II     In the Archives: Performance, Publics, Punk, Porn

Susan Stryker, University of Arizona
            Cross-Dressing for Empire: Transgender Performance at San Francisco’s
            Bohemian Club, 1870s-1920s

Joseph Boone, University of Southern California
            Creating a Queer Archive in the Public Eye: The Case of Resad Ekram
            Kocu’s “Ansiklopedesi Istanbul”

José Esteban Muñoz, New York University
            Performing the Punk Rock Commons: Queer Germs

Tim Dean, University at Buffalo
            Sam Steward’s Porn Archives

Chair: Martin Joseph Ponce, Ohio State University