2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Designing for QUEER(ability): Writing On Walls
Leia P. Wilson
Dr. Cole Woodcox, Faculty Mentor

This will be a creative interrogation of the dominant culture's subversion, regulation, and commoditization of marginalized identities (women, queer, lesbian, gay, transgender, transsexual, intersex) through spatial regulation, primarily concerned with graffiti as a way to create queer space (erotic potential) and as a means of queering space(s) (non-normative). This will also include a discussion of queer space itself, and the empowering implications of recognizing the erotic potentialities of space(s), in opening up-- metaphoric, symbolic, bodily, and experienced--space(s). This project will rely on the dialectics of fluidity, variance, and temporality in order to question spatial and expressive authorities. As Julia Kristeva asserts, 'questioning is a necessary component of revolution and revolt,' which is the vital--and only recognizable--approach to confronting systematic oppressive institutions that seek to regulate our desires and control (own) our bodies.

Keywords: QUEER, Graffitti , Space, gender, sex(uality)

Women's and Gender Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 48-5
Location: OP 2111
Time: 3:45

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