Institute for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

The mission of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies is to promote LGBTQ research, curricula, and educational programming. As a research institute at a public university, a primary responsibility is to make the benefits of scholarship available to the public.

Institute for LGBT Studies Program Highlights

Fall Symposium Series (FSS)

The Institute for LGBT Studies began the new FSS in 2016 with Dr. Luz Calvo of UC Santa Cruz to share their research and co-authored text Decolonize Your Diet with the UA and Tucson Community. The symposium, “Decolonize Your Diet: Recipes to Sustain Revolutionary Love,” included several public lectures, a student led talking circle, and community cooking demonstrations with Tucson High School and the El Rio Community Health Center. In each event, attendees discussed colonial histories, the American diet, and Chican@ heritage. Information about the 2017 FSS coming soon!

Miranda Joseph Endowed Lecture (MJEL)

Named in honor of a founding figure in LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona, our signature annual event brings to UA an internationally acclaimed scholar who works at the intersections of sexuality, race, and globalization. The 2016 MJEL, “A Narrative From the Middle, For The First Time: Black Nations?/Queer Nations? in the Long 1980s” was delivered by Jafari S Allen, an Associate Professor of Anthropology, and founder of the Miami Initiative on Race, Gender, and Sexuality, at the University of Miami. The 2017 MJEL, “The Extractive Zone: Queer Decolonial Femme Perspectives in the Américas” will be delivered by Macarena Gómez-Barris, Chairperson of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute & Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California

Arizona Queer Archives (AQA)

In 2016, the AQA received a number of new multimedia collections. With guidance from Professor Jamie A. Lee, Founding Director/Archivist, this year’s City High School senior intern has been digitizing collections and developing finding aids. Additionally, Harrison Apple, doctoral student and graduate assistant, has designed the AQA’s first monthly e-newsletter and has been developing a social media outreach plan. The AQA continues to grow rapidly as a vital research and training tool for visiting scholars, researchers, and local LGBTQI communities.

Deep Dish LGBTQ Lunchtime Lectures (DD)

Think deep (like “smart”) and dish (like “gossip”), DD is our 10-times-a-semester, lunchtime speaker series that focuses on sharing and discussing LGBT-related research, community initiatives, and social justice issues. It’s casual, conversational, informal, and best of all, there’s free food. DD is our homage to an old-fashioned lesbian potluck, where we can build diverse networks and share information among faculty, students, staff, and community members interested in LGBT research and social issues. Most presenters are local, but we sometime feature presentations from visiting scholars.

Transgender Studies Initiative (TSI) 

The work of the TSI continues with TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (Duke University Press), the TSI Speaker Series, visiting scholars, and the Trans*studies Conference. Volume 3 of TSQ contained two double issues and offered translations of international trans* studies scholarship and theoretical innovations within trans*feminisms. Volume 4 will consider political economies, the “issue of blackness” in trans* studies, and trans* interventions into psychoanalysis. Our TSI Speaker Series began with a presentation by Lino Arruda, the Institute’s 2016-2017 Fulbright visiting scholar, and will continue in 2017 with presentations by Dr. Sel Hwahng and Dr. David Getsy.

Queer Migration Network (QMN)

Established by past director, Professor Eithne Luibhéid, QMN is an interdisciplinary research initiative that critically examines how migration processes fuel the production, contestation, and remaking of sexual and gender norms, cultures, communities, and politics that articulate hierarchies of race, class, and geopolitics. QMN builds from the Institute’s proximity to the U.S./Mexico border; our location within transnational and transborder circuits and cultures; and multiple migrant, refugee, queer, trans, racial justice, and resistant communities. In addition to its interdisciplinary research emphasis, the QMN initiative includes conferences, publications, scholarly presentations, outreach, and curricular development.

Queer UA Art Zone (QUARTZ)

QUARTZ, is a collaborative initiative between iLGBT and the University of Arizona Museum of Art & Archive of Visual Arts (UAMA). It has been designed to support iLGBT faculty and their students in the active engagement with UAMA collections. QUARTZ will be held on four Thursday nights in the Spring 2017 semester. FAC and Affiliated Faculty of iLGBT are invited to work with their students and UAMA staff to co-curate an art viewing specifically designed to complement their LGBTQ class content in the “Queer Art Zone” of the UAMA gallery with a small reception.

Trans*studies: An International Transdisciplinary Conference On Gender, Embodiment, And Sexuality

The inaugural Trans*studies Conference was hosted by iLGBT in September 2016, attracted over 400 scholars, activists, and artists from 20 countries. The transdisciplinary conference invited scholars whose work intersects with “trans” – either as a subject of inquiry or a methodology. Over the four-day conference, 210 presentations were given on work pertaining to transgender issues, sex/gender variance, gender nonconformity, and diverse embodiments. It included keynote speeches by Sandy Stone and Mauro Cabral. More than 20 co-sponsors, including UA departments, institutes, and centers alongside external institutions, provided us with significant financial, logistical, and promotional support.