FACULTY OF ARTS WOMEN’S & GENDER STUDIES Panel Discussion: Postcoloniality, Assemblage and Queer Studies In Memory of Audre Lorde: 1934-1992 and Jose Munoz: 1967-2013 Date: 4 August 2015 Time: 12.00-2.00 Venue: UWC In recent years, queer studies has moved beyond an earlier fixation with the uniform identities of lgbti communities to pursue questions including How are heterosexuality and homosexuality constructed and performed in relation to changing socioeconomic and cultural processes? How is sex deviancy constructed in relation to race, class, gender and neo-imperialism? Why should attention to sexualities be integrated into interdisciplinary work on human subjectivities? Why is attention to intersectionality, and, in more recent years, assemblage, pivotal to scholarly and activist traditions of queer subjectivities and politics? Speakers Yvette Abrahams is currently a Research Associate in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. As a scholar-activist, she has researched, lobbied, published and taught extensively around black lesbian politics and struggles in South Africa. Her more recent activist work and scholarship is pathbreaking in exploring connections between environmental, sexual, gender and racial justice. Bradley Rink is a human geographer currently teaching at UWC. He has researched and published extensively on urban tourism and queer subjectivities and subcultures in the US and South Africa. His recent work focuses on urban spaces, social subjectivities, neo-liberalism and class dynamics in the city of Cape Town Melanie Judge is a well-known South African lesbian activist. The co-editor of To Have and To Hold: The Making of Same-Sex Marriage in South Africa, and the author of numerous articles, web-based short pieces and book chapters on South African LGBTIQ politics, she is currently completing her PhD in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at UWC. She serves on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action. Desiree Lewis teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at UWC. She has written widely on sexualities, feminism and gender in South Africa, and has delivered keynote addresses on postcolonial queer subjectivities at international conferences in cities including Berlin, Oldenburg, New York. Pretoria and Turku (Finland). Mary Hames (Chair): has published widely on the status of lesbian politics vis-à-vis feminisms in South Africa. As Director of UWC’s Gender Equity Unit and author of several widely-cited articles, chapters and papers on lgbti politics, activism and organizations, she has combined her academic research with activist work as board chair of the black lesbian organization, FEW and work with UWC lesbian and gay programme Loud Enuf connected to the Gender Equity Unit. Delivered keynote address at X1X Lesbian Lives Conference, Dublin, Ireland. Contributed piece on LGTB activism to Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality.