Queer Directions Symposium

Queer Directions is an annual symposium addressing the most pressing issues in queer and sexuality studies and related communities that is free to the public. It has an additional experimental classroom component available to graduate students by application.

CANCELLED: 2020 Queer Directions

Due to a complicated procession of unexpected events, we are sorry to announce the cancellation of this year’s Queer Directions Symposium—“Queer Futures”—on March 6.  We tried the best we could to keep the event afloat, but that has become impossible.  We are working hard to bring the speakers to the Bonham Centre in the future.  Please accept our sincere apologies.

Kara Keeling – Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago

Qwo-Li Driskill – Associate Professor, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University

Kadji Amin – Assistant Professor, Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University

Aimee Bahng – Assistant Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, Pomona College



Riley Snorton – Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago

Aren Aizura – Assistant Professor, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota

Morgan M. Page – Writer and Artist, Creator/Host of One from the Vaults Podcast and Founder of TWAT Fest (Trans Women Arts Toronto)

Alok Vaid-Menon– Artist, Writer, and Activist, Co-founder of Darkmatter Spoken Word Duo


2018: Queer Diasporas/Queer Transnationalisms

Gayatri Gopinath – Associate Professor, New York University

Xavier Livermon – Assistant Professor, University of Texas

Jafari Allen – Associate Professor, University of Miami

Helen Hok-Sze Leung – Professor, Simon Fraser University


2017Queer Inhumanisms

Dana Luciano – Associate Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Georgetown University

Tavia Nyong’o – Professor in African-American, American Studies & Theatre Studies, Yale University

Mel Y. Chen – Associate Professor in Gender & Women’s Studies and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Sexual Culture, University of California, Berkeley

Eunjung Kim – Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University