Pre-Conference Event
Artist Talk: Dread Scott
Regis Center for the Arts, 405 21st Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
For more information:

117 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

9:00-10:00 (on-going)


Panel 1: Best Thing I Never Had: Queer Investments in Institutions of Power
Moderator: Kale Fajardo

  • Myrl Beam, University of Minnesota, “Cruel Attachments: Non-Profits, Trauma, and The Production of Queer Community”
  • Sam Stiegler, University of British Columbia, “Failing to Fund, Or Funding Failure?: Seeking Donations for Queer and Trans Youth”
  • Tom Sarmiento, University of Minnesota, “‘Here Lies Love’: Queer (Filipina/o) (American) Attachments to Imelda Marcos”

Panel 2: Countdown: The Place and Time of “Modernity”
Moderator: Roderick Ferguson

  • Tanja Aho, University of Buffalo, “Sharing Alliances: Late Capitalism Meets Queercrip Temporalities.”
  • Angel Lemke, Union Institute & University, “Go Where Something Happens: Queer Temporality and Rural Poverty.”
  • Shana Ye, University of Minnesota, “Feeling Modern?: Queer Attachment to the Neoliberal Futurity in Postsocialist China.”
  • Kong Pha, University of Minnesota, “Unsettling Worlds: The Politics of Hmong, Refugees, and Queer Racialization.”

Lunch: 12:45-1:45

Panel 3: Drunk In Love: Investments in the State
Moderator: Jigna Desai

  • Nicholas Clarkson, Indiana University, “Investments in Citizenship: Homonationalism, Transsexual Patriotism and Biopolitics.”
  • Jen Hughes, University of Minnesota, “Same-Sexeceptionalism in Iceland: Affective Counternarratives to Media Pinkwashing during Economic Recovery”
  • Santhosh Chandrashekar, University of New Mexico, “Affect vs. Effect: (Trans)national Sensibilities, Indian Queer Formations, and the Work of Capitalist Globalization”

Keynote Address: Professor Robert McRuer
“El Edificio de Enfrente/The Building across the Way: Crip Displacements and Queer/Crip Horizons”

117 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Panel 1: Beautiful Liar: Attachments to the Nation
Moderator: Lisa Park

  • Sona Kazemi, York University, “Able-nationalism and Disability in The Canadian Context Through a Borderless Narrative Aiming to Deconstruct Canadian Immigration and Citizenship Borders”
  • Hsiao-Wen Chen, University of Missouri, “Sentimental Queer: Emotion, Gender, and National Belonging in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando”
  • Elizabeth Williams, University of Minnesota, ““Awakened by a Shriek: Desire, Contamination, and Consumption in Colonial Kenya, 1900-1960”

Panel 2: Video Phone: Performing Queer Visual Culture
Moderator: Jane Blocker

  • Stephen Molldrem, University of Michigan, “#BBBH/Bareback Brotherhood: Digital Labor, Gay Male Subjectivity, and Queer Counterpublicity Online”
  • Molly Lewis, George Washington University, “Dispossessions of the Queer Present, Mandela as “Scene” of the South African Past”
  • Andrew Marcum, University of New Mexico, “Queerness, Disability, and Visual Culture: A Crip/Queer Approach.”

Lunch: 1:15-2:30

Panel 3: Get Me Bodied: Bodies in/and Space
Moderator: Melinda Lindquist

  • Kristen Stoeckeler, University of Minnesota, “‘Against Fascism, Knees to Shoulders’: Choreographic Contestations and LGBT Spatial Tactics in Istanbul’s Gezi Park Demonstrations.”
  • Courtney Mitchel, Indiana University, “Race, Relationality, and Digital Embodiment: The Internet Art of Mark Aguhar”
  • Majida Kargbo, Brown University, “Excessive Vision(s): Wangechi Mutu’s Hyphenated Bodies.”

Closing Remarks: 3:30-3:45


Registration is Open!

Registration for Attachments: Queer Investments in Capital and Globalizations is now open! All events are free; we ask that all those intending to attend register for our records: Attachments Registration

(Attendees will also be able to register at the door, but if you plan on coming, please sign in online!)

Call for Papers

Attachments: Queer Investments in Capital and Globalizations

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
March 6-8, 2014

Organized by the Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies

Sponsored by the Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies

With keynote speaker, Robert McRuer, Professor of English, George
Washington University. Professor McRuer will be presenting on his latest
book project on “cripping global austerity politics.” McRuer is the author
of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability and co-editor of Sex
and Disability.

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies invites proposals
for our second conference, “Attachments: Queer Investments in Capital and
Globalizations,” at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. The
conference will be a two-day series of conversations in race, ethnic,
queer, sexuality, gender, and disability studies, attending to the
affective and economic investments in and resistance to financial, sexual,
cultural, legal, political, national, and global economies. We invite
papers which extend recent debates about homonationalism and “slow death”
to consider the ways in which queer attachments to and resistance of
capital, globalization, and the state trouble dominant notions of progress.
We encourage presenters to consider the multitude of ways in which
investments and attachments can be or have been made queerly: investment in
communities, in institutions, in movements, in “the future,” in
citizenship, as well as time and monetary investments; and attachments to
debt, relationships, dreams, contracts, medicine/medical interventions, to
prosthetics, identities, to cultural and political obligations, to
liberalism, radicalism, and so on.

We hope to create a vibrant space for intellectual exchange with an
emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship. We welcome submissions from
graduate students from a wide range of fields, including gender and
sexuality studies, ethnic studies, American studies, geography, history,
education, media and communication, sociology, and cultural studies, among

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

Affect, attachments, and investments

Immigration, citizenship, and diaspora

Empire and colonialism

Labor: sexual, affective, activist, academic, etc.

Production and consumption of media, aesthetics, and culture

Race, place, and identity

The politics of idleness, unproductivity, and failure

Kinship, family, and coalition

Consumption, consumer culture, and tourism

Neoliberalism and biopolitics

-Industrial complexes: military, non-profit, prison, and medical

Disability and crip politics

Post-humanism, animality, and technoscience

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words and a brief bio of no more than
100 words to by NOVEMBER  1, 2013. Conference
applicants will be notified by December 1.

TRAVEL GRANTS for presenters will be available, sponsored by the Steven J.
Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies. We will award up to three travel
grants of up to $500 each. More details will be available upon acceptance
to present.

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies (GIGSS) is a
group of graduate students from all disciplines and all levels who are
committed to creating new opportunities for interdisciplinary conversation
and research in sexuality studies at the University of Minnesota.

The Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies, named for the late
University of Minnesota alumnus, is dedicated to the advancement of GLBT
scholarship across the University and in the broader Twin Cities community.