Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS)

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Summer 1999


On April 23rd and 24th, CLAGS hosted Local Politics and Global Change: Academics and Activists Thinking About a Queer Future. The conference employed an innovative structure within which panelists, rather than delivering papers on their individual skill area or academic interest, were asked to respond from their located standpoint to prepared questions. These questions elaborated upon the broad topic of each panel and roundtable, which also included extended Q&A periods that encouraged conversation between "audience," moderator, and panelists. To describe the format seems noteworthy because it contributed in part to one of the most outstanding features of this conference: There were no tired rehearsals of "bridging the gap" between a monolithic "academy" and the all-too-reified "street."


This article was originally published in CLAGSNews, vol. 9, no. 2.



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