Schedule

Power, Pleasure, and Violence: A New Discourse of Bodies, Desire, and Sex

March 21-25, 2012

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Kick-off Parlor Party
7:30-9:30pm, Shane Lounge

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Reproductive Justice Panel by Philly RJ
4:30-6pm, Kohlberg 116

Queer and Trans Art Show
6-8pm, Kitao Gallery

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Kink, Race, and Class
A workshop with Ignacio Rivera

4:30-6pm, Kohlberg 115

Film screening of Scarlet Road
8-9:30pm, Science Center 101

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

"Regulating Bodies: Queerness, Immigration, and the State"
A lecture by Prerna Lal
1:30-3pm, Science Center 199

Stumped: The Pornography of Disability
A lecture by Tim Dean
4:30-6pm, Science Center 199

"Dancer," a performance by Ignacio Rivera, and
Clip Piece, a performance by Syd Blakovich
8-10pm, Kitao Gallery

Queer Music Extravaganza
Nicky Click, Lexi Starr Show, and Sgt. Sass
10pm-2am, Olde Club

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Screening Sex: A Conversation with Two Queer Pornmakers
Loree Erickson and Syd Blakovich
1-3pm, Science Center 199

Decolonizing the Erotic: Poetry, Activism, and Two-Spirit Resistance
A lecture by Qwo-li Driskill
4-5:30pm, Science Center 199

Dinner with ACT UP Philadelphia
6-8pm, Scheueur Room, Kohlberg Hall

Events

Kick-off Parlor Party

The QTC planning committee will be kicking off the conference with a parlor party. Participants may record their ideas about their gender/sexual identity on pieces of fabric, which will then be assembled into a large quilt-like collective installation piece.

Reproductive Justice Panel

by Philly RJ

The Philly Collaborative for Reproductive Justice will be hosting an informative, interactive, and intersectional session seated in liberatory ideas around: power, race, access and of course, choice that will provide participants with a brief history and major tenets for the Reproductive Justice framework. Following the session participants will leave more aware of RJ and how/why it's not only applicable but important to queer and trans people.

Queer and Trans Art Show

Swarthmore’s 2012 Queer and Trans Conference is hosting an exhibition at the Kitao Gallery! We are highlighting the art of queer and trans members of our community at Swarthmore as well as allies who have created pieces that engage with our conference theme: Power, Pleasure and Violence: A New Discourse of Bodies, Desire and Sex. Come to the Kitao Gallery on Thursday night from 6-8PM to see drawings, paintings, photos, collages, videos, sculptures, poems, prints, quilts, bodies, voices and more. Refreshments will be served.

Kink, Race and Class

Ignacio Rivera

How does race/racism/ classism play into our kink? As a person of color in the kink world, can we leave out some of our identities at the door? Are poor people apart of play parties/ kink world? Why? Why not? Do kinkster operate in a vacuum? Is it possible to be kinky and not political? How can we respect one another and continue to navigate within the kink sphere? Lets talk about race baby!

Film Screening of Scarlet Road

Scarlet Road follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientele – people with disability.

Regulating Bodies: Queerness, Immigration, and the State

Prerna Lal

Immigration controls and restrictions are primarily an attempt to regulate sexuality through the marking of certain bodies as undeserving of citizenship. Who is deserving of citizenship? Who is undeserving? We'll discuss and explore the lives of several (im)migrants battling for state recognition. We'll locate how the state regulates certain bodies through restrictions on the right to contract, work, travel, procreate and love. And ultimately, we'll examine how some immigrants are recasting their struggles away from desiring citizenship towards empowering our whole beings.

Stumped: The Pornography of Disability

Tim Dean

A lecture articulating queer theory and disability theory in order to think through disability porn. It is an exploration of sex with non-normative bodies, which will include a 30 second porn clip. Q&A will follow.

"Dancer"

Ignacio Rivera

“Dancer”, a performance piece about a dyke who travels to Hawaii for the summer and finds herself stranded. With no place to stay, no money to eat, no one she knows and no jobs to be had, she must be a “Dancer”. Tattooed, masculine presenting, and dancing for “interesting” tourists, the dyke continues to question her gender identity. He transitions in the middle of it all and issues of internalized oppression, sexuality and body image emerge.

Clip Piece

Syd Blakovich

An interactive installation-performance utilizing found media and social intersections. This will be a physical dialogue mediated by technology: an extension, a surrogate, a buffer, a border, a crossroads. (Call and Response / Mimicry, Duplication / Dissemination, Remix / Reference) Please bring your cell phone, point and shoots, flips, and hand held recording devices.

Queer Music Extravaganza

with Nicky Click, Lexi Starr Show, and Sgt. Sass

The event kicks off with performances by queer artists Lexi Starr, Nicky Click, and Sgt. Sass, and then ends with a dance party!!

Screening Sex: A Conversation with Two Queer Pornmakers

Loree Erickson and Syd Blakovich

Screening Sex brings together two queer pornmakers to talk about queer sex and representation. Syd Blakovitch - who is a director, mixed martial arts fighter, and porn star featured in the critically acclaimed, award-winning queer porn series Crash Pad - uses porn as a platform for social awareness, driven by the belief that it is essential for queer females of color to seize the power of image making, particularly when it is in regards to their bodies. Loree Ericson, who self-identifies as "crip," is a disabled queer porn actor who aims to show that the everyday experiences of people with disabilities can be not just sexual, but sexy. In exploring the question “what is sexy?” Loree reframes sites of shame as sites of pride and resistance. She also brings to light the unspoken benefits of accessible spaces and presents them not only as locations of necessity but also as places of pleasure. By posing a complicated, insightful, honest, and sexy image of disability and queerness, Loree combats the stigma, fear, and shame that contribute to the desexualization and devaluation of people with disabilities, and combats bodily-based oppression in general. Through hearing (and seeing!) these two different perspectives and their both overlapping and disparate identities and political commitments, we will explore the political possibilities of queer sexual representations (and see watch some great porn while we're at it).

Decolonizing the Erotic: Poetry, Activism, and Two-Spirit Resistance

Qwo-li Driskill

"Colonization is, in part, a project that imposes settler-colonial
notions of love, gender, and sexuality onto the bodies of Indigenous
people. Incorporating poetry and performance, this presentation will
discuss Indigenous Two-Spirit/GLBTQ movements to decolonize sexuality
and gender."

Dinner with ACT UP Philadelphia

Max Ray and Jose de Marco

ACT UP Philadelphia is a a direct action political group that has served as a hub for local and global AIDS activism. At this dinner, two members of ACT UP Philadelphia will give a talk on the significance of direct action in the history of AIDS activism, diverse intergenerational activism, and adaptation to the changing nature of epidemics and the injustices that fuel them. They work to create empowering environments that respect diversity and incorporate intergenerational knowledge into skill training.

Speakers/Performers

Qwo-li Driskill

Qwo-Li Driskill is a Cherokee Two-Spirit/Queer writer, scholar, educator, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. S/he is the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems and the co-editor of Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Inverventions is Theory, Politics, and Literature and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. Hir artistic and scholarly work appears in numerous publications, and s/he performs and facilitates workshops at events across Turtle Island. Qwo-Li grew up in rural Colorado and earned a PhD in Rhetoric & Writing at Michigan State University in 2008. S/he is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Texas A&M University.

Loree Erickson

Loree, who self-identifies as "crip," is a disabled queer porn actor who aims to show that the everyday experiences of people with disabilities can be not just sexual, but sexy. In exploring the question “what is sexy?” Loree reframes sites of shame as sites of pride and resistance (personal care relationships, bodies that challenge mainstream notions of beauty and desirability, queer sex, vulnerability, gender transgression, etc). She also brings to light the unspoken benefits of accessible spaces and presents them not only as locations of necessity but also as places of pleasure. By posing a complicated, insightful, honest, and sexy image of disability and queerness, Loree combats the stigma, fear, and shame that contribute to the desexualization and devaluation of people with disabilities, and combats bodily-based oppression in general.

Tim Dean

Tim Dean is an internationally renowned British philosopher and writer, notable in the field of contemporary queer theory. He is a professor currently teaching psychoanalysis, queer theory, and poetics at the University of Buffalo (SUNY), after having taught at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), the University of Washington (Seattle), and having briefly (one year) been a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. His works include the controversial study of barebacking, Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking, and Homosexuality and Psychoanalysis. He has performed lectures on disability sex, consensual rape, the erotics of being violated, and sexual disgust.

Syd Blakovich

Syd Blakovich is a director, mixed martial arts fighter, and porn star whose body of work includes being featured in the critically acclaimed, award-winning queer porn series Crash Pad. They (Syd’s preferred pronoun) use porn as a platform for social awareness, driven by the belief that it is essential for queer females of color to seize the power of image making, particularly when it is in regards to their bodies. Syd studies mixed martial arts as a pathway for exploring modern interpretations of performative neo-masculinity within the United States.

Ignacio Rivera

Ignacio is a performance artist, activists, sex educator and wanna be filmmaker. They are an independent poly person into serious role-playing. They're a Daddi, a boi, a little... a kinkster trying to push their edges and live to their fullest desires.

They are the founder of Poly Patao Productions. Poly Patao Productions is dedicated to producing sex-positive workshops, performance pieces, play parties, panel discussions, teach-ins, social/political groups and educational opportunities that are specially geared toward queer women, transgender, multi-gender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and gender variant folx of color.

Prerna Lal

Originally from the tropical Fiji Islands and raised in the cold and dreary San Francisco Bay, Prerna Lal is queer, undocumented and unafraid. As a co-founder of DreamActivist (2007), Prerna helped to build a highly-energetic and powerful network of undocumented immigrant youth across the country. She remains amused by her deportation proceedings and is currently a law student at The George Washington University in Washington D.C., where she volunteers as a law clerk at the National Center for Transgender Equality and serves as a Board Member for Immigration Equality.
*Views expressed at the workshop are her own and not of any organization affiliated with her.

Philly RJ

The Philly Collaborative for Reproductive Justice & Support (PCRJS) consists of compassionate, social justice-minded folks who are interested in providing support to women across the full spectrum of pregnancy and advocating for reproductive justice in its many forms.

Nicky Click

The Nicky Click says she is queer-femme-parody-artist-comic-funny-feminist -over the top-kitsch-persona. She reverses the male gaze and commands your attention. She provokes brain movement through costumes, faces, personas, dancing, body language, sexuality, and so on. Nicky click has been called "incomparable," odd, yet interesting, and a bitch.

Lexi Starr Show

Sgt. Sass

Slowly but surely, Sgt. Sass is shaking up the underground hip-hop and dance scenes with their eruption of sophisticated electronic turbulence. With their latest musical endeavor, a digital EP entitled Body Rock, the potent Philadelphian pair find themselves progressing towards a signature style of rhyme and flow and destroying dance-floors from secret warehouses to clubs in every gay ghetto, while still acting as a voice to queers across the world.

Max Ray and Jose de Marco - ACT UP Philadelphia

ACT UP Philadelphia (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) is a a direct action political group that has served as a hub for local and global AIDS activism. At this dinner, two members of ACT UP Philadelphia will give a talk on the significance of direct action in the history of AIDS activism, diverse intergenerational activism, and adaptation to the changing nature of epidemics and the injustices that fuel them. They work to create empowering environments that respect diversity and incorporate intergenerational knowledge into skill training.