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Queer Islands? Gay Caribbean Arts & Literature Conference (Chicago)
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Posted by:Mar 30th 2005, 01:26:43 pm
Fig Tree News TeamFor the past six years, has posted news of local and regional productions, writing competitions, film and television auditions, and related cultural conferences for the interest of local artists, actors, producers, writers and directors.

This particular conference has an exceptional lineup as well, and has been getting terrific press throughout the Caribbean and North American press markets.
Posted by:Mar 30th 2005, 09:08:26 am
kristiAnd where would the relationship be between this conference and ? Call me stupid but I don't get it.
Posted by:Mar 29th 2005, 01:23:35 pm
Fig Tree News TeamQueer Islands?
Caribbean LGBTQ Writers & Community
April 15-16, 2005

The University of Chicago Lesbian and Gay Studies Project is pleased to
announce a two-day symposium exploring the art and activism of queer Caribbean
writers and artists. This symposium--the first academic gathering devoted
entirely to same sex-loving writing from the region--is motivated by the
unprecedented blossoming of queer Caribbean literature in the last decade, as
LGBT literature from Jamaica, Trinidad, Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Suriname
has debuted to international audiences and acclaim. We aim to bring these
literary voices together to consider in their own words how art and activism
bridge Caribbean, queer, and community identities.

The symposium will open Friday night with a literary reading and book signing
followed by a symposium on Saturday to be held on the University of Chicago
campus. The event opens conversation between novelists, spoken word artists,
activists, and singers who consider how their art and activism bring together
Caribbean, queer, and community identities. Discussing intersections between art and gay rights organizing, immigrant rights activism, language politics,
publishing markets, song and dance, popular culture, and recovered histories,
the panels look at the complexity of LGBTQ Caribbean literary undertakings at
and as a crossroads with sexual and racial, local and global issues.

Friday Evening: 4/15/05 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Literary Reading and Book Signing to be held at Women and Children First, 5233
N Clark Street, Chicago.

Saturday All day: 4/16/05 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Symposium to be held in Social Sciences Room 122 on the University of Chicago

9:30 am
Opening Remarks

10:00 - 11:45 pm
Panel 1: "The Words for It: Queer Identity, History, and Language; Art and


Makeda Silvera, Jamaica/Toronto, on literature and uncovering lesbian history

Emanuel Xavier, Puerto Rico/New York, on literature and diaspora

Aldo Alvarez, Moderator

12:00 - 1:00 pm
Lunch Break

1:15 - 3:00 pm
Panel 2: "Art and Activism: Writing Gay/Human Rights"


Thomas Glave, Jamaica/New York, on writing and his work with JFLAG

Matt Richardson, Curacao/Oakland, on varieties of queer activism (anti-war,
civil rights)

Cathy Cohen, Moderator

3:15 - 5:00 pm
Panel 3: "Acting Gay: Performance and Popular Culture"


Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Trinidad/New York, on Caribbean music and the New York
performance scene

David Murray, Toronto, on queer man's performance in Barbados and Martinique

Natasha Barnes, Moderator

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago Lesbian and Gay Studies Project (LGSP),
with assistance from the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture
(CSRPC) at the University of Chicago.

For more information, contact the Lesbian and Gay Studies Project at
(773)834-4509 or

The Center for Gender Studies
University of Chicago
5733 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
773-702-9936 (ph)
773-834-2000 (fax)

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