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The seventh biennial Bodies of Knowledge Symposium will take place at USC Upstate on March 17-18, 2016.This year's theme will be 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 represents an enthusiastic declaration of the will-to-queerness(i.e., this is gonna be one queer mother).

The symposium will feature 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 will feature 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 will also include a dynamic array of scholarly and creative presentations, along with a catered luncheon on Friday.

Online registration is now available. Generous funding from the Freeman Foundation permits us to keep the cost of the symposium low. 

Upstate students, faculty and staff: Free

Non USC Upstate students: 

  • $10 early registration: accepted until February 29
  • $15 late registration: accepted until March 16
  • $15 on-site registration: accepted on March 17 and 18

General Public:

  • $30 early registration:  accepted until February 29 
  • $35 late registration: accepted until March 16
  • $35 on-site registration: accepted on March 17 and 18


    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!

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