Category Archives: Queer Theory

Graduate Symposium on Creating Space to Conceptualize Different Families

Matthew Isherwood and Naoki Takemura organized an extremely dynamic Symposium on Creating Space to Conceptualize Different Families last week. I really appreciated the depth of presentations and challenges to consider and celebrate different families & ways of conceptualizing mothers and fathers. As well, the audience members all deserve a raucous round of applause! Special thanks for arranging with Dr. Kedrick James to attend,  speak, and interact with us throughout!

601 Graduate Symposium, Wed Oct 25, 1:00

601 Graduate Symposium, Wed Oct 25, 1:00

Creating Space to Conceptualize Different Families

Panelists: Matthew Isherwood and Naoki Takemura with Special Guest Dr. Kedrick James


  • 1:00-1:10 Introduction to topic and objectives
  • 1:10-1:50 Dr. Kedrick James w/ Q&A
  • 1:50-2:10 Break
  • 2:10-2:50 Matthew w/ Q&A
  • 2:50-3:30 Naoki w/ Q&A
  • 3:30-4:00 Discussion


  1. Sedgwick, E. K. (1994). Chapter 1: Queer and now. In Tendencies (pp. 1-20). London, UK: Routledge.
  2. Pinar, W. F., Reynolds, W. M., Slattery, P., & Taubman, P. M. (1995). Chapter 7: Understanding curriculum as gender text. In Understanding curriculum (pp. 358-403). New York, NY: Peter Lang.


  1. Ueno, C. (2009). The modern family in Japan: Its rise and fall. Melbourne, Vic: Trans Pacific Press.

Graduate symposium on Queer Theory in Education

Hector Gomez, Joanne Ursino, Kevin Day, Nicole Lee, and Xinyan Fan designed, hosted, and presented a superb symposium on Queer Theory in Education this week. In all dimensions, from queering the Scarfe 310 space to the exhibition of artifacts and texts to reflective analyses to an extreme engaging dialogue with Professor Pinar and all the participants the symposium was superb.

I am grateful for the insightful participation of the 601 PhD students and visitors, including the 601 students from 2015! Special thanks to Professor William F. Pinar for helping us work through analytical questions of LGBTQ and queer history and theory, and for the generous interaction for the entire symposium!

601 Graduate Symposium, Wed Oct 5, 1:00


Wednesday, October 5, 2016
1:00-4:00         Scarfe 310

Lost in Queer
A Symposium on Queer Theory in Education: Pedagogy, Curriculum and Visual Art

Guest Speaker: Dr. William F. Pinar

Hector Gomez, Joanne Ursino, Kevin Day, Nicole Lee, Xinyan Fan


  1. King, T. L. (2016). Post-indentitarian and post-intersectional anxiety in the neoliberal corporate university. Feminist Formations, 27(3), 114-138.
  2. Luhman, S. (1998). Queering/queering pedagogy? Or, pedagogy is a pretty queer thing. In Pinar, W (Ed.). Queer theory in education (pp. 141-155). New York, NY: Routledge.
  3. Muñoz, J. (1995). The autoethnographic performance: Reading Richard Fung’s queer hybridity. Screen, 36(2), 83-99.
  4. Pinar, W. F. (2015). Queer theory. Unpublished Work.
  5. Popkewitz, T. S. (1997). The production of reason and power: Curriculum history and intellectual traditions. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 29(2), 131-164.


  1. Chang, D. (2016, Winter). Shout, shout let it all out. C Magazine, 128, 34–37.
  2. Kher, B. (2016). Matter. Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Art Gallery. (Exhibit, July 9 – October, 10, 2016). Retrieved from: