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LGBTQ+ Studies Program and Hofstra Cultural Center present

Queer Iconography: Third Annual LGBTQ+ Symposium

November 7-8, 2008
Dr. David A. Powell, Director, LGBTQ+ Studies Program


Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions will take place in the Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfeld Conference & Exhibition Hall, 10th floor, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, South Campus.


9 a.m.-5 p.m.


9-9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:30-11:15 a.m.

Panel A: How to Be(come) a Queer Icon
Chair:Ann Burlein, Department of Religion,Hofstra University

  1. Serkan Gorkemli, Department of English, University of Connecticut 
    "Queer Icons and Iconoclasm: Examining Queer In/Visibilities in Turkey"
  2. Florian Grandena, Department of Communication, University of Ottawa
    "The Reconciliation of Opposites: Ducastel and Martineau's Crustacés et coquillages/Cockles and Muscles (2005)"
  3. Jason Boyd, University of Toronto
    "An Envisaged and Embodied Heritage: Symonds' 'Antinous,' Wilde's 'The Portrait of Mr. W. H.,' and the Question of a Queer Iconography"
  4. Charles A. McMellon and Rusty Mae Moore, Department of Marketing and International Business, Hofstra University
    "The Commercial Closet: A Content Analysis of Gay Iconography in Print Advertising and How Gay Consumers Are Reacting"

11:30-12:45 a.m.

Panel B: Literary Icons
Chair:Matthew J. Sobnosky, Graduate Coordinator, School of Communication, Hofstra University

  1. Vinciane Boudonnet, French Studies Department, Laurentian University
    "The Reversal of Inversion: Jean Genet and the Making of a Counter-Cultural Queer Icon"
  2. Myron Alberto Ávila, Department of Modern Foreign Languages,
    Georgia College & State University

    "From Frivolous Slut to Downright 'Eve-il':Queer Iconography as History in John Rechy's The Coming of the Night"
  3. Roger Platizy, Department of English, Austin College
    "The Curative Limits of Queer Iconography in the AIDS Writings of Paul Monette"

12:45-2: 30 p.m.

Buffet Luncheon

2:30-2:45 p.m.

Symposium Opening Ceremony

  • Bernard J. Firestone, Dean, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    Professor of Political Science, Hofstra University
  • David A. Powell, Director, LGBTQ+ Studies Program, Hofstra University
    Professor of French, Chair, Department of  Romance Languages & Literatures, Hofstra University

2:45-3:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: Robin Nussbaum, Coordinator, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center,
SUNY at Oneonta
"Good Gays & Bad Guys: Icons and Narratives as Helpful or Limiting?"

3:45-5:15 p.m.

Panel C: Queer Icons in Alternative Genres
Chair: Stephen Lawrence, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Hofstra University

  1. Michael Harrison, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Irvine
    "From Panel to Page – Superheroes and Comic Iconography in Contemporary Queer Spanish Texts"
  2. Marina Starik, Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh
    "Miss Dandies, Desperate Housewives: Transgendering Takarazuka-Style in Longinotto and Williams' Dream Girls"
  3. Mark John Isola, Independent Scholar
    "Eastern Ideals/Western Ideas: The Iconography of the Gay Male Body in Yaoi and Slash Fiction"
  4. Aymar Jean Christian, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
    "Camp 2.0: Queering Performance on YouTube"

6-7 p.m.

Photography Reception
"'Sacred to the Memory': Photographs by Robert Reinhardt"

7-9 p.m.



9 a.m.-5 p.m.


9-9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:30-11 a.m.

Panel D: Iconic Masculinity
Chair: Steven D. Smith, Department of Comparative Literature and Languages, Hofstra University

  1. Jeff Solomon, English and Gender Studies, University of Southern California
    "How to Look and How to Be: Author Photos and Queer Icons Before and After Stonewall"
  2. Keith Santorelli, Université de Montréal
    "Gay Icons? The Metrosexual, the Queer and Everybody Else"
  3. Steven Bruhm, Department of English, University of Western Ontario
    "The Unbearable Sex of Henry VIII"

11:15-12:30 a.m.

Panel E: Embodying Queer Icons in the Spanish-Speaking World
Chair: Benita Sampedro Vizcaya, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Hofstra University

  1. Vicente Lledó-Guillem, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Hofstra University
    "The Germanic Top versus the Mediterranean Bottom: Reinterpreting European Civilization Through Iconography"
  2. Alfredo J. Sosa-Velasco, University of Cincinnati
    "Embodying Gay Icons, Performing Sexuality: Actresses, Performers, Transvestites, and Divas in Almodóvar's Cinema"
  3. Melissa McCarron, Hispanic and Italian Studies Program, State University at Albany
    "The Passion According to Renée Vivien: Wandering Icons, Spanish Ghosts and Virtual Bodies"

12:30-2:00 p.m.


2:15-3:30 p.m.

Panel F: Queer Icons, Past and Present
Chair: Guillermo Caliendo, Department of Speech Communication, Rhetorical Studies, and Performance Hofstra University

  1. Lisa Merrill, Department of Speech Communication, Rhetorical Studies, and Performance Hofstra University
    "Captured in Clay: Seeing Nineteenth-Century Women On Stage as Lovers of Women"
  2. Yvonne Ivory, Department of German & Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina, Columbia
    "Décor and Desire in Late-Nineteenth-Century Germany"
  3. Brian Martin, Department of Modern Languages, Williams College
    "Gay Men and Wood: Paul Bunyan, Tom of Finland, the Village People"

3:45-5 p.m.

Panel G: Icons/Ideals of Desire and Attraction
Chair: Lisa Dresner, Department of Writing Studies and Composition, Hofstra University

  1. Karen E. MacFarlane, Department of English, Mount Saint Vincent University
    "Fag Hags and Icons, or, 'As a Gay Man, I'm Oddly Drawn to You'"
  2. Sam Dwinell, Department of Music, Cornell University
    "On Florence Foster Jenkins: Towards a Tentative Topography of Operatic Camp"
  3. Colin Carman, Department of English, University of California, Santa Barbara
    "Clash of the Icons: Tori Amos versus Eminem, or What Is the 'Rape Hat'?"

6-7 p.m.

A Cabaret Performance –  "Sophisticated Twinkies"
by Michael Ogborn, with Chuck Sweeney, Richard Hall and Tracie Higgins
Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library
First Floor, South Campus.

7-9 p.m.

Buffet Banquet
Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfeld Conference  & Exhibition Hall, 10th floor
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, South Campus

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