DCQS 2019 Reflections on Disidentifications at 20

Twelfth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium

Friday, March 29, 2019
Ulrich Recital Hall (1121), Tawes Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

Find the symposium poster here

In 1999, the queer theorist and performance studies scholar José Esteban Muñoz published the book Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. It remains one of the most influential works in queer theory and queer of color critique over the last two decades. The book brought together fields of study too rarely put into conversation – women of color feminisms, literary-critical theory, and histories of theater and performance – and developed a new framework for the concept of “disidentification” to address the dynamics of social exclusion and cultural production among queer people of color engaged in both experimental and popular culture. The 12th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium will bring together scholars and artists for a one day event dedicated to the legacy of this field-defining book.


All panels will be in Ulrich Recital Hall (1121), Tawes Hall

***Seating is limited and will be first-come, first-serve.***

9:30 – 10:00am – Light Breakfast Fare (First Floor Lobby, Tawes Hall)

10:00 – 11:45am

  • Welcome from Iván Ramos (Women’s Studies) and Christina B. Hanhardt (American Studies)
  • Moderator: Nancy Mirabal (American Studies)
  • Panelists: Karen Tongson (USC), Jennifer Doyle (UC Riverside), Ricardo Ortiz (Georgetown), Laura Gutiérrez (UT Austin)

12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch on your own

1:00 – 2:45pm

  • Moderator: GerShun Avilez (English)
  • Panelists: LaMonda Horton-Stallings (Georgetown), Deborah R. Vargas (Rutgers), C. Riley Snorton (U Chicago), Joshua Chambers-Letson (Northwestern)

3:00 – 3:45pm

  • Screening Disidentifications
  • Introduction Eva Hageman (Women’s Studies)

4:00 – 5:30pm

  • Introduction: Iván Ramos (Women’s Studies)
  • Conversation with Ricardo Montez (New School) and artists Carmelita Tropicana, Ela Troyano, Rebecca Sumner Burgos, and Nao Bustamante (University of Southern California)

5:30 – 6:30pm – Reception (Second Floor Lobby, Tawes Hall)


University of Maryland

Department of Women’s Studies / Designated Research Initiative Fund of the College of Arts and Humanities / Office of Undergraduate Studies / Department of American Studies / Center for Literary and Comparative Studies of the Department of English /  Asian American Studies Program/ U.S. Latino/a Studies Program / School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies / Critical Race Initiative of the Department of Sociology / Latin American Studies Center / LGBT Equity Center 

Georgetown University

Department of African American Studies / Department of English

This symposium was conceived by Iván Ramos (Women’s Studies) and organized with the assistance of Christina B. Hanhardt (American Studies) and former Assistant Director of Women’s Studies, JV Sapinoso.


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


The Marriott Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College
3501 University Blvd, East · Hyattsville, MD 20783, 301.985.7300

OTHER NEARBY HOTELS (listed in order of proximity to campus)

Best Western Plus (0.5 mi. north of campus)
8419 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740, 301.220.0505

Holiday Inn Express & Suites College Park-University Area (1 mi. north of campus)
9020 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740, 301.441.8110
The Holiday Inn Express provides shuttle service to both campus and the College Park Metro station from 7:30am-9pm and runs every 30 minutes.

Greenbelt Marriott
6400 Ivy Ln, Greenbelt, MD 20770, 301.441.3700
The Greenbelt Marriott has shuttle service 7am-9pm that runs at the top of the hour, by request.