DCQS 2018 TRANS(form)ing Queer

TRANS(form)ing Queer: The 11th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium

Friday, April 13, 2018
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

Full schedule available at go.umd.edu/trans18schedule
or view the Symposium poster/program

How does queer studies transform when we place transness at its center? In a daylong series of conversations about the history, present, and future of the overlapping, intersecting, but also often conflicting fields, we bring together scholars and artists to chart new directions for queer and trans studies. What forms of knowledge production might dictate or influence future political, academic, or artistic configurations – whether mergers, transformations, or the death of queer and transgender studies for something more radical?

In 2004, Susan Stryker wrote: “If queer theory was born of the union of sexuality studies and feminism, transgender studies can be considered queer theory’s evil twin.” In 2018, with the institutionalization of queer studies unevenly complete and transgender scholarship and politics rising in academic and media prominence, what relations (kinship or otherwise) between queer and trans knowledges are emerging? What breaks have become apparent? Given its 11-year history, we see the DC Queer Studies Symposium as a particularly important place to provide space for these fields and to engage, interrogate, and highlight their ongoing evolution at a time of renewed political urgency. Thus, the symposium will be a space not only to reflect, but also to chart new directions for queer and trans studies.

Confirmed plenary speakers include: Aren Aizura (University of Minnesota), micha cárdenas (University of Washington-Bothell),  Matt Richardson (University of Texas-Austin), and Jeanne Vaccaro (University of California-Davis).

Detailed schedule of panels and presentations at go.umd.edu/trans18schedule
or view the Symposium poster/program

8:00 – 8:30am – Registration check-in/Welcome (light breakfast)
8:30 – 9:45am – Concurrent Sessions #1
10:00 – 11:15am – Concurrent Sessions #2
11:30am – 12:45pm – Concurrent Sessions #3
12:45 – 2:00pm – Art Practice Session
12:45 – 2:00pm – Lunch sandwich buffet
2:00 – 3:15pm – Concurrent Sessions #4

3:30 – 5:00pm – PLENARY #1 – TRANS-AESTHETICS (ASL interpreting services provided)
micha cárdenas, Trans of Color Poetics and Algorithmic Analysis
Jeanne Vaccaro, Out of Distracted Vision: Workaday Diagnosis, Psychedelic Sexology, and the Handmade Aesthetics of Transgender

5:15 – 6:45pm – PLENARY #2 – TRANS-GENEALOGIES (ASL interpreting services provided)
Aren Aizura, Unrecogniabile, Unknowable: On the Refusal of Trans Knowledge Production
Matt Richardson, Expanding the History of Black Feminism


LaMonda Horton-Stallings (Women’s Studies, University of Maryland); Alexis Lothian (Women’s Studies, University of Maryland); Iván Ramos (Women’s Studies, University of Maryland)


Department of Women’s Studies, University of Maryland; College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland; LGBT Equity Center, University of Maryland


All symposium events will be held in Tawes Hall : 7751 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD 20742.

Tawes Hall (building # 141 on the campus map) is located on the north end of campus next to Lot 1, the Benjamin Building, and the Art-Sociology Building. See a Google map of Tawes Hall and nearby parking lots here.

PARKINGFull visitor parking information can be found here

The most convenient visitor parking is located at Union Lane Garage – located between the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Center for Campus Life and Cole Field House. Current rates at this facility are $3.00 per hour, with a $15.00 per day maximum.

Another option is the Stadium Drive Garage – Located adjacent to Byrd Stadium, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the Riggs Alumni Center. Current rates at this facility are $3.00 per hour, with a $15.00 per day maximum.

After 4:00 p.m., visitors may park without a permit in the surface lot (Lot 1) by Tawes Hall.


For detailed directions to the University of Maryland campus, including by car and by rail, please visit http://www.cvs.umd.edu/visitors/maps.html


The Washington, DC area has an extensive bus and subway system (metro). The Metrobus and the Metrorail extend well into the College Park area.

You can visit the metro website or call (202) 637-7000 for ride information. You can use the metro trip planner to get directions, based on your start and end points and the time you wish to arrive.

The University of Maryland is located on the green line, College Park/UM metro stop. You can take the free Shuttle-UM, a taxi, or walk about 15 minutes to the campus (with an additional 15 minute walk to the symposium site).


Capital Cab: (301) 322-8877
Yellow Cab Company: (202) 544-1212
Yes Taxi: (410) 500-6659


For downloadable campus maps, please visit http://www.transportation.umd.edu/maps.html