Queer Traditions Summit

The Queer Traditions Summit leads up the Great Lakes Folk Festival and takes place on August 10-11, 2017. It will be in East Lansing, Michigan at Scene Metrospace and the Snyder Hall on the MSU Campus.

The inaugural Queer Traditions Summit (QTS) is a two day event exploring queer folklife: the everyday culture, aesthetic expressions, and traditional arts of LGBTQIA+ people in Michigan, nationally, and internationally.

The QTS will include roundtable discussions, paper presentations, participatory workshops, performances, a film screening, and a keynote speaker. The QTS seeks proposals on any topic related to queer traditions, LGBTQIA+ folklife, or queerness and traditional arts.


co-sponsored by:
Michigan Traditional Arts Program
Michigan State University Museum
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways

Check out the Queer Traditions Showcase during the Great Lakes Folk Festival on Saturday August 12 from 1:15-2:05pm at the City Hall stage.
‘Tradition’ and queer identity are often erroneously cast as mutually exclusive. A vast array of traditions – from Anishinaabe hoop dance, Irish balladry,¬†Appalachian¬†banjo-playing, and African-American vogueing – are practiced by LGBTQIA-identified artists. This showcase highlights the rich intersections of queer identities with performances of folklife from many traditions.