In 2006, a group of faculty from schools in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area formed to discuss new works in the field and to exchange, support, and cultivate new ways of engaging with LGBT/Queer/Sexuality Studies across the disciplines and across institutions. That group, the DC Queer Studies Consortium, was integral to the inception of the first DC Queer Studies Symposium in 2008.

The 2016 symposium will be held on April 22, 2016 at Tawes Hall, the University of Maryland, College Park. The event will be a daylong series of conversations on the theme “Queer Beyond Repair.” The day will culminate with a keynote address by Kathryn Bond Stockton, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Utah. Stockton is author of Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer” (2006) and The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century  (2009), both finalists for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies. She is also the author of God between Their Lips: Desire between Women in Irigaray, Bronte, and Eliot (1994).

The symposium will also feature a plenary session on Surplus Life and Queer Death with Eric A. Stanley, co-editor of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (2011/2015) and Craig Willse, author of The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States (2015). For more information see the 2016 Lecture Series.

Click on the tabs above for more information about the 2016 theme and for instructions for paper and panel abstract submissions.


“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, ormust 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.


0900 – 0930

REGISTRATION, First Floor Foyer, Tawes Hall


0930 – 1045 



Panel 01.1     Relationalities I     (Tawes Hall 3252)

GILA ASHTOR, Queerness Reparative or Irreparable: Rethinking the Link Between Relationality and Transformation, Tufts University/Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

ASHLEY T. SHELDEN, Against Reparation: Barbara Johnson’s Queer Love, Kennesaw State University

JOHN GARRETT GILMORE, All American Eunuch: Faulkner and ‘The Ultimate Slave’, University of California, Irvine

Moderator: CHRISTINA WALTER, University of Maryland, College Park


Panel 01.2    Colonialisms / Nationalisms     (Tawes Hall 3250)

C. HEIKE SCHOTTEN, Decolonizing Desire: Queer Theory and the War on Terror, University of Massachusetts, Boston

KHALID YAYA LONG, ‘Our Manhood, Our Living, Black Manhood’: Malcolm X, Queerness, and the Mourning of a Legacy, University of Maryland, College Park

ANNA STORTI, The Glorification of Mixed-Race as Reparations | M!xedness Beyond Repair, University of Maryland, College Park

Moderator: MICHELLE ROWLEY, University of Maryland, College Park


Panel 01.3     Queer Family     (Tawes Hall 3134)

BEANS VELOCCI, The Fatal Brink: Death and the End of Childhood in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Yale University

JOY HAYWARD-JANSEN, Queer Black Childhood in K. Sello Duiker’s Thirteen Cents, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

MARTHA ERTMAN, Partial Parenthood, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Moderator: ASHWINI TAMBE, University of Maryland, College Park


Panel 01.4     Victorians: Beyond Repair?     (Tawes Hall 3248)

MICHAEL HARWICK, How to do Things With Shame (in Victorian Britain), Ohio State University

MEG DOBBINS, Towards a Queer Political Economy: Sentimental Fiction, the Victorian Miser, and Capitalist Currencies, Washington University in St. Louis

EMILY LYONS, Monstrous Forms: Evolution and Queer Time in The Picture of Dorian Gray, University of Arizona

Moderator: JASON RUDY, University of Maryland, College Park


1100 – 1215



Panel 02.1     Relationalities II     (Tawes 3252)

NATALIE PRIZEL, A Very Short History of Reparative Sex: 1865-Present, Yale University

DAVID K. SEITZ, The Pain of Integration: Melanie Klein, Race, Sex, and the City, University of Toronto

J. BRENDAN SHAW, Traveling to ‘Dark Places’: Race, Touch, and Sadomasochism, Ohio State University

Moderator: ASHLEY T. SHELDEN, Kennesaw State University


Panel 02.1     Abolition of Beyond: Queer Desire, Black Radicalism, and the Limits of the (Ir)Reparable     (Tawes 3250)


CHRISTOPHER CHAMBERLIN, Infecting History: ‘Race Prejudiece’ in the Psychoanalytic Clinic (1940 to 1970), University of California, Irvine

ERIK HOLLIS, Figuring the Angry Inch: On Transnormativity, the Black Femme, and the Fraudulent Phallus, The George Washington University

ADRIÁN I.P.-FLORES, Remnants of Antigone: On Suicide and the Limits of Queer Possibility, University of Arizona

Moderator: LA MARR JURELLE BRUCE, University of Maryland, College Park


Panel 02.3     Reinventions I     (Tawes 3134)


WAN-CHUAN KAO, Trans Reparative Pastoralism, Washington and Lee University

MARQUIS BEY, Black Queerness and Trans Bodies, Cornell University

MICHELLE H. S. HO, Spaces of Potentiality: Queer Socialities in Tokyo’s Drag Cafes, Stony Brook University

Moderator: YUMI PAK, California State University, San Bernardino


Panel 02.4     Sex, Data, and the Law     (Tawes 3248)


TOM ROACH, SCOTUS Interruptus: Raiding Rentboy.com in the Wake of Obergefell v Hodges, Bryant University

LARS MACKENZIE, The Afterlife of Data: Identity, Capitalism and the Surveillance of Gender Transition in Credit Reporting, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

LINDSEY GREEN-SIMMS, Love in the Time of the Internet: The Affective Modes of Nigerian Literary Responses to the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, American University

Moderator: ALEXIS LOTHIAN, University of Maryland, College Park


1215 – 1330

LUNCH, Tawes Hall 2115


1330 – 1445



Panel 03.1     Death and Survival     (Tawes 3134)


SARAH YAHYAOUI, Death as a Feminist Reclamation: Rereading Le centre blanc, McGill University

JAMES McMASTER, Revolting Self Care: Mark Aguhar’s Abject Aesthetics of Existence, New York University

ANDY EICHER, Prevention as Treatment: Truvada and the Queer Neoliberal, Stony Brook University

Moderator: MERCEDES BAILLARGEON, University of Maryland, College Park


Panel 03.2     Queer Loss and Memory     (Tawes 3248)

TIFFANY BALL, Weak Grief, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

DINA MUHIĆ, Ending The Never-ending Story: Traumatic Amnesia, Compulsive Retelling, Therapeutic Forgetting, University of Oregon

MYRL BEAM, Closing Time: On Loving and Losing Queer Non-Profits, Virginia Commonwealth University

Moderator: MARILEE LINDEMANN, University of Maryland, College Park


Panel 03.3     In/Non-Human     (Tawes 3250)

COLIN R. JOHNSON, Creature Comforts, Indiana University Bloomington

AMY GROSHEK, Inverted Flowers, Cuckolding Corn, and Interspecies Rape: The Irreparable, Extramodern Ethos of Resistant Reproductivity, University of Wisconsin-Madison

CHRISTOPHER J. LEE, Why Queers Love Astrology, Brown University

Moderator: ZAKIYYAH IMAN JACKSON, George Mason University


Panel 03.4     Reinventions II     (Tawes 3252)

LIBBIE RIFKIN, ‘Say Your Favorite Poet in the World is Lying There’: Eileen Myles, James Schuyler, and the Shared Estrangement of Care, Georgetown University

PAMELA VANHAITSMA, The Pedagogical Erotics of Romantic Friendship Beyond Repair, Old Dominion University

YUMI PAK, From Cast the First Stone to Yesterday Will Make You Cry: Queering Blackness Here, Now, and Beyond, California State University, San Bernardino

Moderator: MARTHA NELL SMITH, University of Maryland, College Park


1500 – 1630 



ERIC A. STANLEY, Death Drop: Becoming the Universe at the End of the World, University of California, Riverside

CRAIG WILLSE, Queer Life ‘After’ AIDS, George Mason University

Moderator: BOBBY BENEDICTO, University of Maryland, College Park

1700 – 1830

KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall


KATHRYN BOND STOCKTON, Impure Thoughts and All They Birth: What Does the Dildo of the Future Look Like?, University of Utah


1830 –

RECEPTION, Second Floor Lobby, Tawes Hall


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 (at) umd.edu. Put “Submission for Queer Beyond Repair” in the subject line of your message. For more information, contact JV Sapinoso at sapinoso (at) umd.edu. Selected participants will be notified by February 19, 2016. All symposium events are free and open to the public.


Registration is FREE and OPEN to the public. On-line registrations will be accepted until April 18.

To register, please fill out the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.



The main University of Maryland College Park address is: 7965 Baltimore Ave College Park, MD 20740

All symposium events will be held in Tawes Hall (building # 141 on the campus map). Tawes 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. After 4:00 p.m., visitors may park without a permit in the surface lot (Lot 1) by Tawes Hall.

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.

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

Ground Transportation to/from Local Airports:

There are three large airports in the Washington metro area: BWI, Ronald Reagan National and Dulles.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)

Located in Maryland, this is the closest airport to College Park, and many airlines fly in and out of daily.

To College Park from BWI:
Catch the BWI Express from BWI Airport. There are two WMATA Bus Stops. One is located on the lower level of the International Pier and the other stop is located on the lower level of Concourse A/B. The B30 will pick you up outside at the bus shelter. Follow the signs that say Public Transit.This will take you to the Greenbelt metro stop. From there you can take the green line to the College Park-U of MD metro stop. At the College Park stop, you can take a taxi or Shuttle-UM to get to campus.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Also known as Reagan National or just National, this airport is very close to downtown DC and is the only airport located on the Metrorail system. It is located in Virginia, on the blue and yellow lines, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stop.

Getting from National to College Park:
Take the yellow Metrorail line in the direction of Mt. Vernon Square/7th St. Convention Center. Transfer at Gallery Place/Chinatown to the green line in the direction of Greenbelt and get off at College Park-U of MD. From there you can take a taxi or Shuttle-UM to get to campus.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Located in Dulles, Virginia, Dulles Airport is about 26 miles from downtown DC.

Getting from Dulles to College Park:
Purchase a ticket at the Washington Flyer Coach ticket counter located at Arrivals Door #4 in the Main Terminal. Travelers will also board the bus from this location. The buses depart approximately every 30 minutes but please listen for announcements for exact bus departure times. The bus will take you to the West Falls Church Metro stop, on the orange line. Take the train in the direction of New Carrollton. Transfer at Gallery Place/Chinatown to the green line in the direction of Greenbelt and get off at College Park-U of MD. From there you can take a taxi or Shuttle-UM to get to campus.


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.


To travel to campus from hotels located on Baltimore Avenue, we suggest one of the following buses: 83, 86, or C2. You can search for schedules and download them online. Or, use Google Maps to get bus directions.


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

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

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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

The Clarion Inn (0.5 mi. north of campus)
8601 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20742, 301.474.2800
The hotel provides shuttle service to both campus and the College Park Metro station.

The Comfort Inn and Suites (1 mi. north of campus)
9020 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740, 301.441.8110
The hotel provides shuttle service to both campus and the College Park Metro station.

The Days Inn College Park
9137 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20742, 301.345.5000

Super 8 Hotel College Park
9150 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740, 301.474.0894

Hampton Inn College Park
9670 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740, 301.345.2000

Holiday Inn Washington-College Park
10000 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740, 301.345.6700

Greenbelt Marriott
6400 Ivy Ln, Greenbelt, MD 20770, 301.44.3700

Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown
8506 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301.589.4899

Although not located in College Park, the Courtyard Marriot in nearby Silver Spring is conveniently located within walking distance of the Silver Spring Metro station. Symposium attendees take the metro from Silver Spring to the Fort Totten station (via the red line) and then from Fort Totten to the College Park Metro station (via the green line). Attendees can then take the UM Shuttle bus from the College Park Metro to campus. For assistance using the metro system, see WMATA Trip Planner

This hotel may be a good option for those traveling via Amtrak, as both the Union Station and Silver Spring Metro stations are located on the red line, providing transportation from Union Station to the hotel.

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