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Bodies of Knowledge Symposium2016

The seventh biennial Bodies of Knowledge Symposium took place at USC Upstate on March 17-18, 2016.The theme was One Queer Mother, with the concept of motherhood broadly construed. In addition to a literal focus on queer motherhood and alternative kinship, the symposium theme also represented an enthusiastic declaration of the will-to-queerness (i.e., this is gonna be one queer mother).

The symposium featured an opening lecture by Dr. Shelley M. Park, based on her groundbreaking book, Mothering Queerly, Queering Motherhood: Resisting Monomaternalism in Adoptive, Lesbian, Blended and Polyamorous Families (SUNY Press 2013).

Friday featured a keynote lecture by none other than queer icon Michelle Tea, whose popular online column Getting Pregnant with Michelle Tea also played a role in inspiring the symposium theme. 

This two-day symposium also included a dynamic array of scholarly and creative presentations, along with a catered luncheon on Friday.

Generous funding from the Freeman Foundation permits us to keep the cost of the symposium low. 

    Directions to campus
    Center for Women's and Gender Studies 
    Bodies of Knowledge 2016 Schedule

    Past events
    Bodies of Knowledge 2008 View photos on Flickr!
    Bodies of Knowledge 2014 View photos on Flickr!
    Bodies of Knowledge 2016 View photos on Flickr!

    Contact us
    Dr. Lisa Johnson, Director
    Center for Women's & Gender Studies
    USC Upstate
    800 University Way
    Spartanburg, SC 29303
    (864) 503-5724