CFP: After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and Scholarship

After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and Scholarship

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Conference Date: October 1-2, 2016 | Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

  • Lisa Duggan (New York University)
  • Mignon Moore (Barnard College)
  • Sean Strub (The Sero Project; Founder, POZ Magazine)
  • and others to be announced soon!

Proposal Deadline: May 7, 2016

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution provides same-sex couples the civil right to marry. After the ruling, rainbow memes and #lovewins hashtags flooded the internet. But in addition to the celebration, we also began to hear more about what activists and academics have been saying for decades—that LGBTQ politics is about #morethanmarriage.

The marriage equality campaign has been criticized for limiting LGBTQ political mobilization within a narrow “homonormative” framework, making invisible all of the many pressing issues that impact diverse LGBTQ-identified individuals. Since the ruling, donations to some LGBTQ organizations have declined, and longstanding organizations have shut down.

There is an urgent need for a major public conversation about this turning point in LGBTQ politics. This conference will convene such a conversation, raising the profile of the countless similar conversations already unfolding among activists, funders, and academics in order to explore possible agendas for LGBTQ politics and scholarship after marriage.

The two-day conference will feature plenary roundtable conversations among both established and rising figures in LGBTQ politics and scholarship. The conference will also feature break-out sessions for which we are currently accepting proposals. We invite proposals for traditional academic presentations, less formal roundtable contributions, as well as wholly constituted panels, roundtables, and workshops.

We especially encourage submissions that grapple with the future of LGBTQ scholarship and/or politics from intersectional and critical perspectives. We ask all submissions to respond in some way to the specificity of this moment: How does the arrival of legal marriage equality reshape—or not—the issue you propose to discuss?

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Queer Kinship
  • Queer Parenting
  • Queer Communities
  • Healthcare
  • Poverty
  • Education
  • Policing and Incarceration
  • Violence
  • Polyamory
  • Trans* Justice
  • Socioeconomic Class and Queer Issues
  • Queer People of Color
  • Funding LGBTQ Work
  • LGBTQ Politics outside the U.S.
  • Societies without Legal Marriage Rights
  • Local vs. National Political Strategies
  • Lessons Learned from Marriage Campaign

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 7, 2016

Submit questions and proposals via email to conference

Proposals for individual submissions should include:
An abstract of 500-1,000 words, which should include a brief description of the presentation’s content and format (academic presentation, informal roundtable contribution, etc.), and a rationale for inclusion in this conference. This should be accompanied by a short biography of the presenter (100 words or less).

Proposals for wholly constituted panels, roundtables, or workshops must include:
A brief description of the session as a whole (150 words or less), and an abstract of no more than 500 words for each proposed presentation. Each abstract should include a brief description of the individual presentation’s content and format. Please also provide each presenter’s biography (100 words or less). This proposal should also include a rationale for inclusion of this panel/roundtable/workshop in the conference.

For wholly constituted panels, roundtables, and workshops we strongly encourage collaboration between activists and academics.

Submit your proposal here

Check back in September 2014 for updates.

More Information

For inquiries about CLAGS in general, please contact Executive Director James Wilson or the CLAGS Office general e-mail address. For inquiries about events, please contact Events Coordinator Benjamin Gillespie.

Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America

Award-winning photographer Molly Landreth will present her images of queer life in America and engage in a conversation with Art History Professor James Saslow at The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies on September 30. The images reveal themes of love and survival, creative forms of gender expression and the ever changing anatomy of a family.

Download Molly Landreth Press Release here.

Molly Landreth, recipient of the Robert Giard Fellowship for her multi-platform visual survey Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America, will present images from the project and engage in a freewheeling conversation about it with art historian Professor James Saslow of Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Describing her grant-winning project, Ms. Landreth says that Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America is “a multimedia archive and a journey through a rapidly changing community and the lives of people who offer brave new visions of what it means to be queer in America today.”

Molly Landreth’s work has been featured in the New York Times’ Lens Blog, Time Magazine’s LightBox, Le Monde, The Guardian, and The Advocate. She is a freelance photographer based in Seattle, Washington, and she is on the faculty of The Photographic Center Northwest.

James Saslow is Professor of Renaissance Art and Theatre at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Professor of Art History at Queens College, CUNY. His first book Ganymede in the Renaissance helped open the field of art history to serious consideration of the role of homosexuality and gender in the art and society of the early modern period. His most recent book, Pictures and Passions: A History of Homosexuality in the Visual Arts received two awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation. Saslow is currently working on a memoir of the early decades of gay and lesbian culture in the United States.

More Information

For inquiries about CLAGS in general, please contact Executive Director James Wilson or the CLAGS Office general e-mail address. For inquiries about events, please contact Events Coordinator Benjamin Gillespie.

Event Information Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America takes place on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) in room C198, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Seat reservations can be done at: More information:
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Images See PDF.

Martin Duberman, 2012 Kessler Award Recipient

The prestigious Kessler Award is an annual lectureship given to a scholar who has produced a substantive body of work that has had a significant influence on the field of GLBTQ Studies. The 2012 awardee is prominent historian, playwright, Professor Emeritus, and CLAGS’s founder, Dr. Martin Duberman. The event will include a lecture given by Prof. Duberman, as well as keynotes given by several distinguished guest speakers TBA.

Read more on our events page, and don’t forget to attend and share the Facebook event.

RSVP Required

Thank Yous

Thank you all of our friends who came last night to hear James Wilson talk to Charles Busch about his life, work, and liaisons with famous Hollywood actresses. For more information about our events, go to the Events page.

Fellowships Application Deadlines Postponed

Because of Hurricane Sandy, the deadlines for three of our Fellowships have been changed to December 15:

  • The Martin Duberman Fellowship
  • The Joan Heller-Diane Bernard Fellowship, and
  • The Robert Giard Fellowship

For more information, go to the Fellowships page. There, you can read more about the application process.

Charles Busch in conversation at the Graduate Center

Renowned New York performer, playwright, director, and drag extraordinaire Charles Busch discusses his astonishing career in the theatre and on film, as well as the changes he has seen in LGBTQ performance over the last four decades. Moderated by CLAGS Executive Director James F. Wilson.

RSVP Required, email Read more on our events page, and don’t forget to attend and share the Facebook event.

One More Queering the Frame Seminar The Semester

It is not too late! You can still attend Queering the Frame: Transgressive Performance & the Possibility of Freedom. Transgressive art shocks, titillates, enlightens and, perhaps most importantly, provides a space of inclusion for marginalized or neglected communities. At this vital moment, the role of queered bodies in transgressive art has become increasingly threatened and equally necessary. We will use the city as a canvas for our research. Read more under Events on the website.

RSVP Required, email Read more on our events page, and don’t forget to attend and share the Facebook event.

Canadian Queer Performance Artist Nina Arsenault performs and speaks at the Graduate Center

Trans performer, playwright, and writer Nina Arsenault, along with queer performance scholar J. Paul Halferty (University of Toronto) will discuss the development of Arsenault’s bodily and performance aesthetics in the Canadian queer performance landscape. Arsenault will perform excerpts from her repertoire of critically acclaimed artistic works as well as showcase some of her new performance projects.

RSVP Required, email Read more on our events page, and don’t forget to attend and share the Facebook event.

Fall Newsletter ’12 is Out

We have now published the newsletter for Spring 2012, available for download here (pdf).

Memberships and Fellowships Intern

We are looking for Memberships and Fellowships interns. We would be happy to work with colleges to create internships for which students receive class credit. Read more on the Internships page, or contact