"Punks" @ 20: Revisiting Cathy Cohen’s Queer Coalitional Vision

photo of large group of protesters carrying a rainbow banner with the word "unite"
Participants : 
  • Cathy J. Cohen, David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science, The University of Chicago
  • Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman, Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies, English & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University
  • Jafari S. Allen, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Miami
  • Marlon M. Bailey, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University
  • Christina Hanhardt, Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies, University of Maryland
Event Date: 
September 18, 2017
Event Time: 
2:00pm to 6:00pm
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (Room 100)
Event Accessibility : 
The main entrance to the North Building — off the Diag — is equipped with ramps and automated doors. The entrance to the South Building — off South University Avenue — also has automated doors. Patrons may easily move between buildings on the second floor. Gender neutral restrooms are available on the third through sixth floors of the library.
photo of large group of protesters carrying a rainbow banner with the word "unite"

This symposium is a tribute to and reconsideration of Cathy Cohen’s generative article “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens,” published in GLQ in 1997.


2:10 - 4pm: Panel Presentations:
  • Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman
  • Jafari S. Allen
  • Marlon M. Bailey
  • Christina Hanhardt
4:00 pm: Keynote Presentation by Cathy J. Cohen
5:00 pm: Roundtable Discussion
Refreshments will be served.
Read the original article: "Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?" by Cathy J. Cohen (PDF).
Presented by IRWG's Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initative (LGQRI). Cosponsored by the Colonialism, Race, and Sexualities Initiative, Department of English Language and Literature, and the Spectrum Center.
For more accessibility information or accommodations, please contact Heidi Bennett at heidiab@umich.edu or 734.647.6394.