Professor Diana Taylor will present 'We Have Always Been Queer' - In June, 2014, during the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro (eight day conference/performance event) in Montreal, a very queer dispute erupted in the assembly of some eight hundred participants. A ‘queer’ dispute because everyone on all sides of the clash self-identified as queer and trans and because it questioned the meaning, scope, and politics of the terms as well. The dispute also questioned the ability of communities of self-identified “WEs” to talk and listen across perceived injuries and divides.
The Annual Ato Quayson Lecture in Diaspora and Transnational Studies is a year-end event named for the University Professor and the founding director of the Centre: Professor Ato Quayson. His bold research set the Centre’s agenda for more than a decade, and this named lecture now serves as an opportunity for students and scholars alike to participate in the futures that his intellectual vision made possible by hosting and engaging an international scholar of great distinction.
Free and open to all.
The lecture will be followed by an informal reception with light refreshments.