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Queer Studies Conference is April 10-11


The LGBT Center invites all members of the OHIO community, especially students from all levels of study to submit presentation proposals for the second annual Queer Studies Conference to be held April 10-11, in Athens, Ohio.

Organizers invite proposals that span the spectrum of queer thought and academic disciplines, including the creative, visual, and performing arts. Proposals can focus on academic inquiry, skills-development, social justice projects, and/or creative performance/expression—this conference is an excellent opportunity for all who participate to present their work, create community, and facilitate collaboration. 

Organizers welcome the participation of faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Athens community as potential presenters and as conference participants. It is an interdisciplinary conference and all fields of study are welcome.  
 
This year’s conference theme is "Ethically and Queerly Sexual ~ Creative Explorations of Gender, Ethics, and Sexuality." The conference will feature two keynote speakers, the first is trans-artist and activist Kit Yan who will open the conference with a workshop and performance on Thursday, April 10.

The second speaker is Kate Ott from Drew University, whose presentation is titled "OMG . . . Hook-ups . . . Co-habitation . . . Delaying Marriage?: What are Sexual Ethics for Emerging Adults? Ott's keynote will be held on Friday, April 11 and she will also be participating in the closing plenary panel.
 
Proposals should be sent to: Delfin Bautista at bautista@ohio.edu. Paper proposals should be no more than 300 words and list presenter's name, field of study, and institutional affiliation.  
 
Deadline for submitting proposals is Feb. 28. For those interested in contributing or displaying artistic or creative pieces, please contact Delfin to discuss submission details. Accepted proposals will be grouped based on similar themes or complementing themes; proposals will also be considered for individual presentations or workshops.
 
If selected, participants should submit their finished presentations, along with a $5 registration fee, by March 28. General registration for the conference will begin in March (registration fee for general participation is $10). Contact Delfin Bautista with any questions.