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The College of Arts & Sciences Center for the Humanities at the University of Miami and
the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures present

Trans Global
Global Trans

April 2, 2010
9:30 am - 6:30 pm

A one day symposium organized by the Queer Studies Research Group at UM
Admission to all sessions is free of charge and open to the public

This symposium brings together UM faculty and three ground-breaking interdisciplinary scholars who work on queer and transgender studies in different cultural contexts throughout the world, to speak about queer formations of gender. In particular, the symposium participants will address how transgender identities and queer sexualities intersect and diverge in different locales and how the globalization of culture and the politics of postcoloniality affect different imagined and lived gender rebellions.

University of Miami, College of Arts & Sciences
Merrick Building, 1st Floor
Scharling Family Patio, Judaic Studies Center

9:15 - 9:45 am

Complimentary Coffee and Continental Breakfast

University of Miami, College of Arts & Sciences
Merrick Building, Rm. 105
The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies Auditorium


9:45 - 10:00 am

Opening remarks by Brenna Munro and Gema Pérez Sánchez, organizers.


10:00 - 11:00 am

Panel I (UM Faculty)

Moderator: Laurie Shrage (Women's Studies and Philosophy, FIU)

  1. “Transnational Conversations in Migration and Queer Studies:
    Multimedia Storyspaces” Gema Pérez Sánchez (Spanish, UM)
     View Abstract
  2. “The Virgin of Flames: Trans-Global Inferno” Brenna Munro (English, UM)
     View Abstract

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Panel II (UM Faculty)


Moderator: Pamela Geller (Anthropology, UM)

  1. “Referring and Refereeing Alternative Sexualities: The Language of the
    GLBT Movement in Brazil Today” Steve Butterman (Portuguese, UM)
     View Abstract
  2. “Queering Desire in the Global South: Chamacos in Havana, Istanbul
    and Miami” Lillian Manzor (Spanish, UM)
     View Abstract

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Complimentary Lunch
Merrick Building, 1st Floor

Scharling Family Patio, Judaic Studies Center

University of Miami, School of Communications
Shoma Hall
3053 Wolfson Communications Building

1:30 - 2:30 pm

“Queer Roots for the Diaspora” Jarrod Hayes (French, Michigan)
Introduction: Subha Xavier (French, Francophone Lit., UM)
 View Abstract

2:45 - 3:45 pm

“Run, Caster Semenya, Run: Nativism and the Translations
of Gender Variance” Neville Hoad (English, UT-Austin)
Introduction: Brenna Munro (English, UM)
 View Abstract

4:00 - 5:00 pm

“Global Female Masculinities” Judith Halberstam
(English, American Studies & Ethnicity, Gender Studies, USC)
Introduction: Gema Pérez-Sánchez (Spanish, UM)
 View Abstract

5:15 - 6:30 pm

Closing Roundtable‌
Moderator: Steven R. Blevins (English, FIU)

Co-Sponsored by:

The Joseph Carter Memorial Fund of the
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Department of English
Department of History
Women's and Gender Studies Program

In Cooperation With:

The Centro Cultural Español de Cooperación Iberoamericana de Miami


In order to ensure a smooth admission into the event, please keep the following in mind:

  1. Your ticket is necessary for entry to the event. Please check that you have printed out your e-ticket(s) per the link in your Registration Confirmation e-mail.
  2. You may order an UM parking pass for a $7.00 fee in the registration process.  Please be sure to enter your mailing address when registering.  The pass will be mailed to you before the symposium along with directions for its use.
  3. Parking Passes must be paid for by check.  Please make the check payable to:  University of Miami, and mail to:

    Center for the Humanities
    University of Miami
    P.O. Box 248292
    Coral Gables, FL  33124-8292

Driving Directions/Maps

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