Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Interdisciplinary symposium

New Directions in Rural Queer Studies

November 6 – 7, 2010
Indiana Memorial Union
Indiana University Bloomington

On Saturday November 6th and Sunday 7th, Indiana University will host a two-day, interdisciplinary symposium called “Queering the Countryside: New Directions in Rural Queer Studies.” This event, co-organized by Indiana University faculty members Mary L. Gray and Colin R. Johnson, will include a day-long public conference on Saturday, November 6th, and a series of concurrent, faculty-led writing workshops on Sunday morning in which selected participants will be given the opportunity to share their work-in-progress with visiting scholars and other symposium participants.

Confirmed speakers for Saturday’s conference include:

Marlon Bailey (AAADS and Gender Studies, Indiana)
Mary Pat Brady (English and Latino/a Studies, Cornell)
Mary L. Gray (Communication and Culture, Indiana)
John Howard (American Studies, King’s College London)
Colin R. Johnson (Gender Studies, Indiana)
E. Patrick Johnson (African-American Studies and Performance Studies, Northwestern)
Scott Herring (English, Indiana)
Gayle Rubin (Anthropology and Women’s Studies, Michigan)
Mab Segrest (Women’s and Gender Studies, Connecticut College)

Please mark your calendar for this event. Please also take a moment to visit the conference website ( to learn more about what we have planned.

Indiana University graduate students who have topically or thematically relevant work that they would like to share in the context of one of Sunday’s concurrent, faculty-led writing workshops are invited to submit an initial proposal to the conference organizers no later than Friday, August 27, 2010. Please include the title of the piece you would like to workshop, a 150 word abstract, and a 1 – 2 page CV in your communication and direct it via email it to Mary L. Gray ( and Colin R. Johnson ( Papers that are chosen to be work-shopped will be pre-circulated to faculty commentators and other workshop participants in advance of the symposium itself, so you must be prepared to submit a completed draft of your essay no later than Friday, September 24, 2010. Those who are interested in submitting a proposal can visit the “Workshop” page on the conference website for additional information.

This event is co-sponsored by The College Arts and Humanities Institute, The Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, The Department of Communication and Culture, The Program in Cultural Studies, The Department of English, The Department of Gender Studies, The Department of History, The Program in Latino Studies, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, the Office of the Vice President for the International Affairs and the University Graduate School.