ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Queering Spaces/Queering Borders 2013 Queer Studies Conference will be held April 4-6 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA), One University Heights.

This biennial event, established in 1998, attracts an international audience of activists, academics, and artists who showcase a range of creative and scholarly pursuits related to the investigation of genders and sexualities. The conference themes have ranged from performance to citizenship, but always address issues of diversity, human and civil rights, intersectionality, oppression, empowerment, while providing inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches for all participants. Academic registrants have come from Tokyo, Canada, the Philippines, Israel, Australia, England, Europe and across the U.S.

A kickoff plenary session will be held on April 4, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Subject will be “Amendment One: Where Do We Go From Here?” Panelists include Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Campaign for Souther Equality executive director; Bishop Donagrant L. McCluney, field organizer for Southerners on New Ground and UNC-A student Kaley Fry, a queer activist.

Keynote speaker for the event is Maureen Seaton will present “Poetic Collaboration in the Spirit of Queer: Couples, Triads and Orgies” at 7 p.m. on April 4 at Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. She is a teacher, poet and memoir writer. She is currently teaching at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

On Friday, José E. Muñor will share his “Queerness and the Brown Commons: The Sense of Wildness” at 7 p.m. at Mountain View Room, Sherrill Center, as the evening’s keynote speaker. He is an author, performer, teacher and theorist and received his Ph.D. from Duke University.

At 9 p.m. head to see multi-media, spoken word and hip hop artist Rocco “Katastrophe” Kayiatos (F to eMbody) at 9 p.m. at Alumni Hall, Highsmith Union. He co-created Original Plumbing, the world’s first trans male quarterly magazine with photographer Amos Mac. He spends most of his time on the road touring colleges, offering performances and workshops that focus on educating about trans identities and how to make campuses more hospitable for transgender and gender variant students.

The following morning’s keynote will be presented by Adela C. Licona at 10:30 a.m. at Mountain View Room, Sherrill Center on “Mi’ja, just say you’re a feminist like you used to…: Pa/trolling & Performing Queer Rhetorics in the Everyday.” ALS will be provided. Licona is an author, teacher and theorist. She is a faculty member at the University of Arizona.

That evening enjoy the a welcome home performance bazaar, an evening of queer community and expression at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. All proceeds benefit Youth OUTright which supports and empowers LGBTQ youth in Western North Carolina. Tickets can be purchased online at

Registration is $85 faculty, $75 graduate students and $55 undergraduate students which includes breakfasts and lunches. Daily community passes for speakers and sessions only are available at the conference for $20. Keynote address fee is $10. There is no registration charge for UNC-A students, faculty and staff.

Click here for the complete conference schedule (PDF).


Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.