Queer Minicon 2022 Presenters

Queer Minicon, 2022

April 8 @ 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm


Join us for this year’s Queer MiniCon centering themes of futurity and resilience in times of crisis.

This year’s Queer MiniCon will be a one-day virtual conference showcasing outstanding UNC undergraduate and graduate research in queer studies during the afternoon of April 8th. It will consist of two panels and a keynote address.


Visual Culture and Political Resistance: 1:30-3:00 pm 

Li-Anne Wright: “Intimacy, Internet, and Imagination: Community Through a Pandemic Zine”

Li-Anne is a senior majoring in American studies and English literature at UNC Chapel Hill. They are currently interested in histories of queer Asian American activism and the convergence of queer and Asian American identity as understood through underground methods of cultural production.

Ashton Thorne: “This is for the Outcasts: Queercore’s Trans History & Potential for Trans Liberation”

Ashton Thorne (he/they) is a queer undergraduate student in psychology and philosophy. They are especially interested in queer and trans studies as they relate to subculture, radical politics, and disability justice

Meleena Gil: “Queering the Undocuqueer: Sheila Ortiz Taylor’s Coachella” 

Meleena (they/she) is a PhD student and teaching fellow in the department of English and Comparative Literature also earning a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Meleena’s research focuses on contemporary LatinX literature and cultural production, queer theory, and the environmental humanities. They are interested in botanical epistemologies, alternative kinships, and futurity.

Victoria Neff: “Lesbian Photography and Ephemera: Documenting Queer Lives as Evidence of Resistance”

Victoria Neff is a dual-degree student pursuing their Bachelor’s and Master’s in public policy; with minors in social and economic justice as well as American studies. Their research interests focus on the convergence of education and family policy with LGBTQ youth resilience.

Henry Thomas: “Dos Espiritus: Conversations about Queer Latine Issues”

“Freshman from Albemarle, NC. My previous research experience pertains to the politicization of popular music, and the influence of club culture and disco on pop culture.”

Spirituality, Community Formation, and Queer Temporalities: 3:30-5:00 pm

Kevin Gomez-Gonzalez: “’The Show Cannot Go On’: Understanding the Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Queer Identity Formation”

Kevin Gomez-Gonzalez is a third-year undergraduate student at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media pursuing a degree in reporting with a minor in Latina/o Studies. Their research interests include queer Chicana feminism and queer theories of temporality and futurity.

Campbell Lindquist: “Assimilationist Verses Radical Transgender Politics: Exploring the Productive Potential of Tension in Discourses of Transgender History, Material Life, and Ethics”

Campbell Lindquist is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a minor in Religious Studies from Duke University. As a Robertson Scholar and an Ethics Fellow with the Parr Center for Ethics, Campbell’s research interests include how structures of gender, embodiment, and power in the contexts of moral philosophy, transformational change, and material life unfold in the field of transgender studies.

Ryan Carroll: Borderless Butterflies and a Queer Christ for the End-Times”

Ryan Carroll is a PhD student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. His interests in queer studies include dialectical utopianism, queer liberation theology, and the relationship between theory and action. Ryan’s theological writing has been has been published by Macrina Magazine and the Jesuit Conference of Canada and North America.

Montia Daniels: “God Loves Women, and I Do Too: Black Queer North Carolinian Women’s and Non-binary Folks Engagement with Spirituality and Religion”

Montia Daniels is a senior studying women’s and gender studies and media and journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interest in queer studies stems from her own experiences as a Black queer woman in the South, and her research focuses on how religion and spirituality have affected Southern Black queer women and non-binary folks.

Keynote Presenter Dr. Eddy Alvarez: 5:30-7:00 pm

“Sequined Routes and Movements: Queer and Trans Latinx Pasts and Futures”

Merging scholarly research, creative nonfiction, performance and reflection, this presentation is an offering to queer and trans Latinx lives and memories. Drawing on personal and collective memories and histories, physical and ephemeral archives, and analysis of popular culture and aesthetic, this talk maps and honors multiple and intertwining routes, journeys, and movimientos taken by families, activists, artists, scholars, healers, and more, as they “find sequins in the rubble” while imagining different pasts and futures.

Read more about Dr. Alvarez here.