2016 THEME

“Queer beyond repair” evokes a double meaning. On one hand, it suggests that queerness itself is, has become, or can be a state of irreparability: that it must bear the burden of histories and structures of violence from which there is no final redress. In such a reading, repair appears, necessarily, as an impossible project. It asks us to account for queer practices—of sex, politics, reading, world-making—as modes of reprieve and endurance that must contend with the unshakeable legacies and foundational logics that undergird already consolidated fantasies of humanness, from imperial rule and anti-blackness, to the psychic and material structures of liberal politics itself. Such an account would require a reinscription of the satisfaction, if not pleasure, we receive from the survival of queer forms of life within a nexus of lives marked by past, ongoing, and potential experiences of irretrievable loss, dread, and death.

On the other hand, “queer beyond repair” also suggests that there is, can be, or must be a queerness beyond repair. It evokes potentiality: a queerness that is more than the making of room to maneuver, a reinvestment in a politics of transformation, if not the unmaking of a world in which survival—bare survival—has become, for so many, a desirable condition. This queerness insists on forms of reinvention, if not defiance, in excess of the states of decay we have inherited or the symptoms of disrepair we have learned to uncover. It asks us to be estranged from the present as is, even as we acknowledge the limit conditions set by our fear of or incuriosity about what might lie beyond life as we know it. The double meaning of “beyond repair” demands a questioning of deeply held convictions, at once political and theoretical, around amelioration and suspicion, hope and hopelessness, positivity and negativity, and the embrace or rejection of modes of living on made possible and held captive by damaged and damaging worlds.



    “How a Girl Becomes a Ship”

    24 FEBRUARY 2016
    Wednesday | 430 PM
    Marie Mount Hall 1400


    25 FEBRUARY 2016
    Colloquium with Christina Sharpe
    (open to all)
    Thursday | 11am-1pm
    Francis Scott Key Hall 2120


      “Being/Divided: Queerness, Psychoanalysis, and Ontological Negation”

      31 MARCH 2016
      Thursday | 430 PM
      Francis Scott Key Hall 0106


      1 APRIL 2016
      Colloquium with Lee Edelman
      (open to all)
      Friday | 11am-1pm
      Tawes Hall 2115


        “Impure Thoughts and All They Birth: What Does the Dildo of the Future Look Like?”

        22 APRIL 2016
        Friday | 5-630pm
        Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall
        (DC Queer Studies Symposium, Keynote Address)

        • CRAIG WILLSE

          “Queer Life ‘After’ AIDS”

          22 APRIL 2016
          Friday | 3-430pm
          Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall
          (DC Queer Studies Symposium Plenary)

          • ERIC STANLEY

            “Death Drop: Becoming the Universe at the End of the World”

            22 APRIL 2016
            Friday | 3-430pm
            Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall
            (DC Queer Studies Symposium Plenary)

            SYMPOSIUM CFP

            The 2016 DC Queer Studies Symposium will be held on April 22. We invite proposals for presentations addressing the theme “Queer Beyond Repair” from a variety of inter and transdisciplinary perspectives. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

            • queer theories of social, material, and symbolic death;
            • queer practices of survival and endurance, including methodological and aesthetic practices;
            • queer perspectives on anti-blackness, slavery, and colonial and imperial violence;
            • queer ecologies and ontologies of the posthuman, nonhuman, and inhuman;
            • reassessments of reparative and paranoid approaches in queer theory;
            • queer approaches to sovereignty, broadly construed

            Proposals for 15 to 20-minute presentations should include name, affiliation, e-mail address, title of paper, a 250-word abstract, and a 1-2 page CV. We also welcome submissions for 45 to 60-minute panels, but we may reorganize speakers due to the demands of scheduling. If you submit a panel, please include a panel title and a brief explanation of the panel rationale. Please send materials by e-mail attachment (Word or PDF only) by January 15, 2016 to DCQS@umd.edu. Put “Submission for Queer Beyond Repair” in the subject line of your message. For more information, contact JV Sapinoso at sapinoso@umd.edu. Selected participants will be notified by February 19, 2016. All symposium events are free and open to the public.

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