Queer studies has remained an innovative field of study since its emergence from lesbian and gay studies, continuously re-conceptualizing its focus. What, then, lies in the future for queer studies? Queer Horizons, the nation’s first undergraduate queer studies conference, will gather students interested in the field of queer studies to imagine possible queer futures and understand their connections with the past. What have we learned from queer history, and how can we, as the next generation of scholars and activists, use that knowledge to contribute to future knowledge and praxis? Given the surge in recent scholarship concerned with queer futurity, how do we think about the future of queer politics and activism as well as the future of queer scholarship—what roles do we play in that process of envisioning the future? What lies on the horizon for LGBTQ communities, activists, and scholars?
Queer Horizons, the nation’s first undergraduate queer studies conference, will take place at the Stanford Humanities Center on April 30, 2011. Featuring Gayatri Gopinath (NYU) as keynote speaker and an opening address by Heather Love (UPenn), the conference will bring together undergraduates from across the country to discuss what lies on the horizon for queer studies. Panels include topics ranging from queer bodies, queer people of color storytelling, queer health and medicine, to a Faculty Round Table Discussion on the future(s) of queer studies featuring prominent queer studies scholars from Stanford and U.C. Berkeley. See schedule for additional information. The conference will also have presentations of queer art. Queer Horizons is free and open to the public. Meals provided to those who RSVP by April 15.