Queer Studies Interdisciplinary Research Group

Queer Studies“Disco Dionisos”
(David Trullo 'New Pagans' 2005)

Since 2006, and with support from UM’s Center for the Humanities, the Queer Studies Research Group has brought together scholars whose research and creative interests focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies. All participants maintain a commitment to interdisciplinarity and global perspectives. Faculty and graduate students from the University of Miami and Florida International University take an active role in the group. Departmental affiliations include Anthropology, Art History, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures (including linguistics), Religious Studies, and Sociology. We, of course, welcome members from other fields of the humanities and social sciences, as well as advanced undergraduates. 

The group gathers approximately three times per semester to consider recent scholarship in queer studies. These discussions are complemented by visits from prominent academics in the field. One not need be a member of the Queer Studies Research Group to attend these talks. The group's most recent event was Katrina Karkazis’s visit to UM on April 27, 2012.  Her talk, entitled “Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes,” addressed how the sports world has grappled with the question of sex variance in the wake of the controversy over South African runner Caster Semenya.

View the special issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online on "Thinking Queer Activism Transnationally," guest edited by Brenna Munro and Gema Pérez-Sánchez: 

Abstract for Queer Studies Special Issue

If you would like your name added to the listserv or information about readings from past meetings, please let us know; email Brenna Munro (bmunro@miami.edu).



FALL 2018

Tuesday, October 2nd, 3:00pm - 4:00p.m
Center for the Humanities Conference Room
— Julia Serano, “A Trans Woman Manifesto” and “Chapter 7: Pathological Science: Debunking Sexological and Sociological Models of Transgenderism.” In The Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. Seal Press, 2007. Pp. 11-20; 115-160.

Thursday, October 25th, 12.30pm - 1:45pm
MLL Conference Room (MB 210-01)
— Lisa Duggan, "The Full Catastrophe”
— Masha Gessen, "An NYU Sexual Harassment Case Has Spurred a Necessary Conversation about #metoo.
— Chris Newfield, "Humanities Graduate Education After Avital Ronell.”
— Andrea Long Chu, "I Worked with Avital Ronell. I Believe Her Accuser.”



Thursday, January 24, 12:30-2:00pm
Location TBA
— Alpesh Kantilal Patel's "Productive Failure: Writing Queer TRansnational Sourh Asian Art Histories"

Wednesday, February 13, 12:30-2:00pm
Location: Center for the Humanities Conference Room
— Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui: The Avowal of Difference: Queer Latino American Narratives

Wednesday, March 6, 12:30-2:00pm
Location: Center for the Humanities Conference Room
Recent articles by Heather K. Love "Queer,” Transgender Studies Quarterly 1.1-2 (“Keywords in Transgender Studies,” 2014): 172-176. [This is a short keyword essay]

Pamela Geller – Spring 2019

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Gema Pilar Perez Sanchez

Associate Professor of Spanish


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