The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) invites proposals for the third annual McGill Queer Research Colloquium (QRC).

The QRC is a forum for the scholarly community at McGill and beyond to share research pertaining to LGBTQI2 studies. Past participants have included faculty, visiting and post-doctoral scholars, and graduate and advanced undergraduate students. If you are interested in sharing your work, please submit a short abstract (max 150 words) and biography (50 words) by September 24, 2018 to The format is open, but in general we anticipate panels with three or four 15-20-minute presentations, followed by discussion. This year’s colloquium will be held as part of the first LGBTQ+ History Month at McGill and will feature keynote presentations by Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania) and Kadji Amin (Emory University).

Notifications for accepted proposals will be sent by October 1. All panel sessions will be held on October 18. Participants need not be affiliated with McGill University.

keynote presentations

"just watching: cold war science and the ethics of observation"

heather k. love


17 October 2018, 16.00-18.00, Arts 260

Part of the Art History and Communication Studies Speaker Series

This talk considers ethological research on communication in the human and natural sciences after WWII, looking at the two-way traffic between “animal sociology” and naturalistic accounts of group interaction among humans. Ranging from discussions of the signaling behavior of homosexual geese at the Macy Conferences on “Group Processes” to Laud Humphreys’ in situ research on sex in public restrooms in the 1960s, this paper argues that observational research offered an alternative to psychological accounts of both human and animal motivation, and in many cases resulted in less stigmatizing and non-essentialist accounts of non-normative behavior. While it may seem especially perverse to champion observation during the Cold War, I argue that the emphasis on militarized surveillance has obscured the diverse and contradictory uses of observation in this period. This essay is taken from my book project, Underdogs, which traces the roots of queer studies in post-WWII social science.

Heather Love is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard) and the editor of a special issue of GLQ on Gayle Rubin (“Rethinking Sex”) and the co-editor of a special issue of Representations ("Description Across Disciplines"). She has written on topics including comparative social stigma, compulsory happiness, transgender fiction, spinster aesthetics, reading methods in literary studies, and the history of deviance studies. She is currently completing a book on practices of description in the humanities and social sciences after World War II.




18 October 2018, 16.30-18.00, Arts W-215

In an introduction to a special issue of WSQ, Susa Stryker, Paisley Currah, and Lisa Jean Moore write that scholars “have become familiar, over the past twenty years of so, with queering things” and ask “how might we likewise begin to critically trans- our world?" This talk contributes to the burgeoning inquiry into material transings of sex, race, and species, while interrogating the affirmative and even utopian valance of such inquiry. It asks, “What are trans crossings of embodied borders and speciated and racialized differences good for?” I take a literal approach this question, focusing on the early twentieth-century medical fervor for the transplantation of glands, in particular the ovaries and testicles, across sex and species, with distinct racializing effects. Through the science fiction of the period, I argue that gland xenotransplantation was a form of transing that constituted, rather than troubling, the biological concepts of sexual, racial, and species difference.

Kadji Amin is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. His book, Disturbing Attachments: Genet, Pederasty, and Queer History was published in September 2017 with the Theory Q Series at Duke University Press. The book deidealizes Jean Genet’s coalitional politics with the Black Panthers and the Palestinians by foregrounding their animation by unsavory and outdated modes of attachment, including pederasty, racial fetishism, nostalgia for prison, and fantasies of queer terrorism. His second book project uses the history of transsexual science to rethink the priorities of transgender and feminist theory. His research, which focuses on the disorienting effects of the queer and transgender past on politicized fields of scholarship, is published or forthcoming in GLQ, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Feminist Formations, Women’s Studies Quarterly, French Studies, Études françaises, and L’Esprit créateur.

queer curation workshop

"Curating Dirty Looks and Presenting the Queer Cinematic Avant-Garde"


19 OCTOBER 2018, 13.00-15.00

LEA B46, Moving Image Research Laboratory, McGill University

(Directions: Take the elevator in the lobby of the Leacock building to the basement. Exit and turn right, and walk down the hall until you reach the closed double doors. The MIRL is on your left, B46.)

Other events with Bradford Nordeen:

Friday, October 19 – Screening: Dirty Looks: 8 Years on, Bradford Nordeen

7pm @ Never Apart (7049 rue St-Urbain)

For more info:

Saturday, October 20 – Screening: Hardcore Home Movies: Dirty Looks in Montreal, Bradford Nordeen

9pm, $10 PWYC DOORS: 8:30pm @ Diving Bell Social Club (3956 St-Laurent, 3rd Floor)

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Event info site:

Bradford Nordeen was born in St. Louis, MO. He holds an MA in Cinema Cultures from King’s College London and a BFA in Photography and Media from CalArts. The founder of Dirty Looks, a monthly platform for queer experimental film and video and the site-specific off-shoot series, Dirty Looks: On Location, a month of queer interventions in New York City spaces, Nordeen has organized screenings internationally at venues like PARTICIPANT INC, The Kitchen, the Hammer Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, White Columns, Artists Space, and Judson Memorial Church. His writing has been published in Art In America, the Huffington Post, Lambda Literary, Little Joe, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, and Butt Magazine, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


october 17


Arts 260


"Just Watching: Cold War Science and the Ethics of Observation"

HEATHER K. LOVE (University of Pennsylvania)

october 18

*All panel sessions will be held at

McLennan Library, Research Commons Room A*


Welcome Remarks




"Genderfucking Non-Disclosure: Sexual Fraud, Transgender Bodies, and Messy Identities"

Florence Ashley (McGill University)

"No Femmes Here: Transmisogynist Layerings in Queer Space and Placing Trans Feminist Geographic Critique"

Rae Rosenberg (York University)

"Shaping Selves Out of Shadows: Convergences of the Transfeminist and Neurodiversity Movements"

Bei Evely (McGill University)

"Dysphoria as Resistance: The Transgender Monster in Performance Art"

Benjamin Nothwehr (McGill University)


Natalie Oswin (McGill University)




"A Queer Orientation to Pop: Song Form in the Music of Laura Nyro"

Rachel Avery (McGill University)

"Pop Divas and the Re-existence of LGBTQI Bodies in Brazil"

Simone Evangelista (McGill University/Federal Fluminense University)

"'Who even are you guys anymore?': Affective Fan Alliances to Tegan and Sara’s Queer Authenticities"

Kiersten van Vliet (McGill University)

"Divine Disney Divas: Queer Reception and the Diva in Disney Musical Films"

Steven Greenwood (McGill University)


Jeremy Tai (McGill University)










"“They all fell to quarrelling over Tchaikovsky”: Conspiracy and Queer Musical Gossip at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"

Kristin Franseen (McGill University)

"Curating Gay and Lesbian Film Studies: 1970s Committed Scholars/Critics and Festival Organizing"

Antoine Damiens (Concordia University)

"Queer(ing) Experiences in the Shadow of the Holocaust: Examining the Life Writings of LGBTQ Children of Holocaust Survivors"

Jacob Evoy (University of Western Ontario)

"The Stuff We Like"

Emma Flavian (McGill University)


Lynn Kozak (McGill University)



Arts W-215


"Queering/Transing Race and Species"

KADJI AMIN (Emory University)

Followed by

the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Opening Reception


october 19


LEA B46, Moving Image Research Laboratory, McGill University

Queer Curation Workshop

"Curating Dirty Looks and Presenting the Queer Cinematic Avant-Garde"