Queer Art History: A symposium

The last few decades have witnessed a proliferation of approaches and methods influenced by queer theory within the humanities. Simultaneously, both academics and the general public have become increasingly interested in “queer art” especially in the field of modern and contemporary art. Yet while scholars have assembled queer theory into an academic discourse and perhaps even a discipline, internal debates continually redefine the parameters and stakes of the term. However, the ways in which queer theory has and could further influence art historical methods and projects has yet to be properly explored, particularly within a transhistorical context. How does looking through the lens of queer theory shift our relationship to the object of inquiry? What is art history if history is queered? Moreover, how does queer theory relate to prior art historical engagements with gender and sexuality? This conference will offer a platform for many different voices to work through these and related issues. As we raise these questions, we also ask: What are the limitations or possibilities of ‘queer’ as it relates to analyses of race, economic position, and the political?

Program
Friday, March 1
6:30 – 7:45pm
Keynote lecture by Heather K. Love: “Underdogs: On the Deviance Studies Roots of Queer Theory”

7:45 – 9pm
Reception

Saturday, March 2
9:30 – 10 am
Breakfast and Coffee (for speakers)

10 – 11:45 am
Panel 1. Queer Objects (moderated by Kenneth E. Silver)

Jon Davies: “Sell Your Parents”
Laura Guy: “Lesbian Graffiti”
Hyoungee Kong: ” Exotic Fantasies and ‘Queer’ Desires: A Case Study of Fin-de-Siècle Japoniste Advertisements”
Brian Castriota: “Object Trouble: Constructing and Performing Artwork Identity in the Museum”
12am – 12:45 pm
Lunch (lunch will be provided for speakers only)

12:45 – 2:15 pm
Panel 2. Queer Methods (moderated by Malik Gaines)

David Sledge: “Forrest Bess and Queer Meaning”
Isha Yadav: “Mapping the future of Queer art in India: Comparative Study of Gaysi Zine Bazaar and Aravani Art Project”
Daniel Sander: “Between the Ground and the Sky”
Paul Hurley: “Interspecies sex: queering performance with nonhuman animals”
2:15 – 2:30 pm
Coffee and Cookies

2:30 – 4 pm
Panel 3. Queer Temporalities (moderated by Carolyn Dinshaw)

Ian Bourland: “Queer Futurity and the Second Life of the Image”
Nicholas Morgan: “Against Nature’s Queer Art History”
Lexi Bard Johnson: “Is a Lesbian Wearing a Dildo Queer?: Questioning the Capacity of Queerness”
Yujin Jang: “Oscar Wilde’s Affection for the Greek Past: A Queer Analysis of Affect and Temporality”
4pm – 5 pm
Reception

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