Queertopia 2019: LGBTQ+ Media Cultures

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Queertopia 2019: LGBTQ+ Media Cultures

Entering its 12th year, Queertopia is an annual LGBTQ+ academic conference organized by Northwestern University’s Queer Pride Graduate Student Association. The conference features research across disciplines and fosters critical dialogue on topics related to gender and sexuality. Queertopia is an opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduates, activists, organizers, and community practitioners to build intellectual community. This year, the conference will explore the theme of LGBTQ+ Media Cultures, featuring scholarship from a wide range of disciplines on the topic of LGBTQ+ media, communication, and technology. Topics we will explore include LGBTQ+ representation across media platforms, the role of media in social change, queer technologies, the role of media in health and identity development, and learning with new media.  Queertopia features a morning keynote speech by Fran Tirado, Deputy Editor of OUT Magazine, co-host of Food 4 Thot, and one half of Hello Mr.

The conference also features a film screening and panel discussion of Happy Birthday, Marsha.  about iconic transgender artist and activist Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson and her life in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. The post-screening panel will be moderated by Aymar Jean Christian, (Assistant Professor of Communications at NU and founder of OTV - Open Television). He will be in conversation with Julian Glover (PhD Candidate, Dept of African American Studies, NU), Bea Cordelia (writer, filmmaker, and NU alumna), and Chase Joynt (Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago). This event and reception are free with registration, which includes breakfast, lunch, coffee, and food & drink at the reception. Check back soon for the schedule of events and event accessibility information.
A huge thanks to the sponsors at Northwestern University that make it possible to host this conference. Primary Sponsors The Graduate School Multicultural Student Affairs Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences Contributing Sponsors Department of African American Studies  Department of Anthropology Department of English Gender & Sexuality Studies Program Global Health Studies Program Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing Department of Performance Studies Department of Philosophy Rhetoric and Public Culture Department of Radio/Television/Film Department of Spanish & Portuguese SPAN: the Sexualities Program at Northwestern Department of Sociology Department of Theater NU Women's Center .

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