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.

2022: Queer Care and Radical Hospitality

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***IMPORTANT NOTE: This event has been postponed until further notice. Please read this note from the Director for further information. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Live captions will be available and ASL is available upon request. Please contact sexual.diversity@utoronto.ca with any access requests.

Dean Spade – Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha – Writer and Activist

Hil Malatino – Assistant Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Savannah Shange – Assistant Professor, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz


2021: Indigeneities & Sexualities

Audra Simpson (Kahnawake Mohawk) is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University.

Dayna Danger is a 2Spirit/Queer, Metis/Saulteaux/Polish visual artist who uses photography, sculpture, performance and video to question the lines between empowerment and objectification by claiming space with her larger than life scale work.

Joseph M. Pierce is Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University.

T.J. Tallie is Assistant Professor, History at the University of San Diego.

2020: Queer Futures

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