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Information about the UC Davis Queer Studies Graduate Symposium

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2007 Queer Studies Graduate Symposium
University of California, Davis
"Queerness and Violence"

The war on terror has become the monolithic face of violence in dominant cultural discourse at
the same time that hate crime legislation has been positioned as a marker of progress for the
gay rights movement. Both of these moves create an obsession with safety while simultaneously
ignoring other violences, such as police violence, domestic violence, the prison industrial
complex, and violences produced by medical establishments, that continuously take and harm
lives. This symposium seeks to interrogate the ways queerness and violence function together in contemporary as well as historical practices, and puzzle out creative possibilities for transformation and resistance.

Symposium Schedule:

Friday June 1, 2007
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Garrison Room, Memorial Union
UC Davis
LUCY CORIN: Author Reading and Reception

Come hear author Lucy Corin
(Assistant Professor, UC Davis, Creative Writing) read from her novel
Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls.

Saturday June 2, 2007
Olson Hall

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast, coffee, registration

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Opening Address
Symposium Co-Chairs Cynthia Degnan (English), Toby Beauchamp (Cultural Studies), and Cathy Hannabach (Cultural Studies)

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
Legal Echoes of Bodily Violence
“Queer Contagion: Racial Sight, Violence and the Gay Panic Defense.” Laura Grappo, Yale University (American Studies)
“Productive Violence: How ‘Non-Fiction’ Narratives About Violence Shape Practices.” Laurel Westbrook, University of California, Berkeley (Sociology)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Fantasy, Resistance, and the Performance of Queer Rage
“Nationalist/Heteronormative Violence in China and the Politics of Queer Fantasy: Some Notes on East Palace, West Palace.” Alvin Ka Hin Wong, University of California, San Diego (Literature)
“Strategies of Real and Imaginary Violence in Doric Wilson’s The West Street Gang.” Zachary A. Dorsey, University of Texas, Austin (Theater and Dance)

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Disciplining the Queer and U.S. Racial Politics
“‘Critically Queer’: Toward a Theory of Homo-Colonialism and Homo-Imperialism in 20th Century U.S. Racial Politics.” Vanita Reddy, University of California, Davis (English) and Victor Mendoza, University of California, Berkeley (English)
“Death (Row) on Display: Capital Punishment as Queer Violence in The Execution of Wanda Jean.” Courtney Marshall, University of California, Los Angeles (English)

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch (Provided)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Keynote Address by Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Rutgers University
“In Retrospect: Terrorist Assemblages and Homonationalism in Queer Times”

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Perverting National Borders
“Painful Perversities: Shock Therapy and the Psychopathology of Late-Soviet Dissent.” Anastasia Kayiatos, University of California, Berkeley (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
“‘Ani G’eh Bisrael’: Zionism and the Use of Gay Rights.” Tallie Ben Daniel, University of California, Davis (Cultural Studies)
“Infectious Body: State Violence and the Politics of Representation/Visibility in Current China.” Fei Shi, University of California, Davis (Comparative Literature)

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Homotopia: Film Screening and Director’s Talk
Directors Eric Stanley (University of California, Santa Cruz; History of Consciousness) and Chris Vargas (filmmaker and independent scholar)

5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Closing Remarks
Co-chairs Cynthia Degnan, Toby Beauchamp, and Cathy Hannabach

For more information, email Cathy Hannabach, Toby Beauchamp, and Cynthia Degnan at If you would like to request disability accomodations (including ASL interpretation) or children’s activities, please email by 20 May 2007.
This event is free and open to the public. Visitors may be interested in a campus map and in the Davis wiki page for more information about the campus and community.

The 2007 Queer Studies Graduate Symposium is sponsored by the following UC Davis departments and organizations:
The Queer Research Cluster
The LGBT Resource Center
The Cross-Cultural Center
The Graduate Student Assembly
The Cultural Studies Graduate Group
The Department of English

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