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Queer Studies

Faculty Coordinators: Christine Varnado (Global Gender and Sexuality Studies) and Margaret Rhee (Media Study)

The first Queer Studies course was taught at UB in 1971, a mere two years after the Stonewall riots, and the university continues to have strengths in this field across the humanities disciplines. The Queer Studies Research Workshop exists to cultivate intellectual exchange at UB among faculty and students who take human sexuality as a critical lens or object of inquiry, in every discipline and field.  Our mission is to continue, defend, build on, and publicize UB’s historic strength as an institution that generates cutting-edge queer scholarship, activist engagement, and cultural production.

Our workshop redefines “queer studies” as taking place not only in academia, but everywhere in public life.  One of the key pieces of UB’s institutional heritage that we work to repair is the network of connections between our campus and Buffalo.  Anyone who is analyzing, making visible, making art around, or agitating for the lives of queer, sexually non-conforming, and gender-non-conforming people is practicing a form of queer studies that this Research Workshop seeks to learn from.  We collaborate and co-sponsor events with partner organizations including the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project, the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archive of Western New York at Buffalo State Library, and UB’s own Palah Light Lab.

Upcoming Queer Studies Research Workshops

April 28 @ 12:30 pm | 1004 Clemens Hall
Queer Studies Research Workshop: Queer Works in Progress with Ted Triandos, “On Eroticism and Criticism’s Discursive Spaces, or Reading Rosalind Krauss’s Video Essay”

April 5 @ 12:00 pm | Capen 107 (Inside the Silverman Library)
Queer Studies and Performance Research Workshops Present: A Roundtable Conversation on Twelfth Night

March 4 @ 3:15 pm | 170 Academic Center (Ellicott Complex)
Queer Studies Research Workshop: Hidden Epidemics, Hidden People: HIV/AIDS, Black Queer Communities and Accounting for Missing Geographies

March 4 @ 10:00 am | 1004 Clemens Hall
Queer Studies Research Workshop: Black + Queer + Space + Sex + Social Life + HIV with Dr. Aaron Mallory

October 8, 2021 @ 11:30 am | 1004 Clemens Hall
Queer Studies Research Workshop *Work in Progress* talk, “Refusing Erasure: Nugent, Fire!!, and the Legacies of Queer Harlem,” Sam King-Shaw (GGS)

April 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm | Zoom
New Books in Dialogue: Early Modern Queer Studies – Christine Varnado + Joseph Gamble on The Shapes of Fancy: Reading for Queer Desire in Early Modern Literature

March 5, 2021 @ 2:00 pm | Zoom
Palah Light Lab Workshop: Eli Claire, “Brilliant Imperfection: Writing About Our Bodyminds”

October 12, 2018 @ 11:30 am | See detailed schedule
Global Gender Studies Symposium: “Radical Histories, Radical Futures: Buffalo on the Vanguard of Feminist and Queer Thought”

October 31, 2018 @ 3:30 pm | 1030 Clemens
Queer Studies Research Workshop: Work-in-Progress talk by Anne Marie Butler, “The Matter of the Body: Queer Considerations of Contemporary Tunisian Women’s Art”

October 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm | 306 Clemens Hall
Juxtapositions Lecture Series: Jeffrey Masten, “Christopher Marlowe’s Queer Futures: Edward and Richard, the Second”

See Past Queer Studies Events »

Click here for the Queer Studies Research Workshop archive page.

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