National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Joto Caucus
Women's Studies Department at University of
"Towards a Queer Homeland:
Bridging Communities and Resisting Hate"
November 9-10, 2007
In an era where factors such as globalization, anti-immigrant sentiments, war, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of hate based on gender and sexuality resonate in queer peoples' lives, this conference hopes to generate community by fostering dialogue between students, scholars, activists, and professionals. Whether through academic scholarship, activism, artistic expressions, or community organizing and outreach, we dream of a queer homeland where human, women's, trans, and queer rights have no impediments. As the inaugural conference of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Joto Caucus, we seek to provide a safe space where participants can relate to one another in resisting the legacies of oppression queer ethnic individuals face and celebrate in the many forms of empowerment our queer predecessors have taught us. While this conference is sponsored by a predominately Queer Chicano caucus, we welcome participation from all queer communities struggling to create a space of equality, equity, safety, inclusiveness, and empowerment regardless of ethnic background, gender orientation, or nationality.
In the spirit of the above mentioned objective we invite abstracts/ proposals for workshops, panels, and roundtables from graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and community members, activists, and professionals. Rather than fostering a purely academic space, this conference encourages interactive workshops, presentations, and dialogues that encourage self-empowerment among community members.
The conference will provide a forum for activism and scholarship that contributes to and informs (directly and indirectly) the queer Chican@/Latin@ queer communities. We also encourage participation from community organizations who would like to present their work as we engage in authentic dialogue between/through activism and scholarship. Themes or topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
Art interventions Immigration
Identity Mental health
Public health Queer youth
Race, class, gender Literature
Safe sex practices Community outreach
Queer communities Herstory/History
Transgender rights Queerstory
Film Human/Queer/Women's Rights
Law LGTBQI studies
Postcolonial Studies Globalization Studies
Mentorship Violence intervention and resistance