On March 3 - 4, 2006, the Women's History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY will present our Eighth Annual Conference in Honor of Women's History Month.
Keynote speaker: Amber Hollibaugh, Senior Strategist at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and author of My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home
More than ever before, queer sexuality is a central issue in American politics and a subject of national debate. LGBT communities are more visible than ever, more vocal, and in some locales more successful in struggles for civil liberties and equal rights. At the same time, efforts to ban same-sex marriage make headway, sexual hate crimes grow more savage, and many liberals retreat from the politics of sexual freedom. Against this backdrop, both LGBT activists and scholars in queer studies confront new questions about theory, strategy, and tactics. What direction should activism take in a country that has become increasingly hostile to queer politics? How do media representations of LGBT communities affect political alignments? How do race, gender, and sexuality intersect in queer identities? What can today's activists learn from queer history?
The conference Dangerous Desires will explore these and related questions. We invite scholars, artists, writers, and activists to submit proposals for pertinent papers, readings, workshops, and performances. Proposals for full panels are especially welcome.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Queer Theory and LGBT History
The Marriage Debate
Class and Race in LGBT Movements
Transgender and Transsexual Identities
The Pornography Wars
Queer Politics Versus Assimilation
LGBT Youth issues
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