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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.
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Contact usDr. Lisa Johnson, Director
Center for Women's & Gender Studies
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Spartanburg, SC 29303
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