Call for Presentations

2nd Global Conference

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Monday 11th February – Wednesday 13th February 2013
Sydney, Australia


Call For Presentations
Following the success of the inaugural conference for this project, we are pleased to announce a second conference, to be held in Sydney in February 2013.  Our first conference saw global representation from a variety of areas of study, including sociological studies, queer literary studies, queer art, music, performativity and identity.  This conference aims to extend that interdisciplinary dialogue and gather voices from underrepresented areas of the globe.  20 years since the reclamation of the word ‘queer’ by the LGBTQIA community, this conference would like to take a closer look at broad themes of queer sexualities through time and space, non-normative sexual constructions, and queer sexual identities from a diverse range of perspectives by scholars working in various academic disciplines. Yet our meaning of the word queer is not limited to non-mainstream sexuality, as we opt for inclusion of ‘unusual’ heterosexual practices into the ‘queer domain’ in order not to discriminate but understand, include and accept.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on any aspect of Queer or LGBTQIA Studies, including issues related to the following themes:

1. Queer space, place, time and visibility:  queer geographies, queer spaces, queer places, queer venues, queering institutions, queering language practices, occupation of space, heteronormative practice in space/place, queer globalization, queer futurity, queer temporalities

2. Queer being and identities:  LGBTQIA identities, queer bodies, queer embodiment, queering age, queer intersectionality, queer race, queer class, queer disability, queer performativity, queer subjectivity, queer bioethics

3. Queer emotions and feelings: queer families, queer bonds/bonding/legacies, LGBTIQIA parenting, public vs. private feelings, affective economies

4. Queer theories and theoretical approaches: queer theory, gender studies, straight queer theory, sexuality studies, disability studies, queer postcolonial theory, queer ecocriticism, queer critical whiteness studies, queer race studies, queer multiculturalism, queering ethnicities, queer epistemologies, queer pedagogies, etc.

5. Queer Arts:  queer art, queer architecture, queer media, queer film, queer TV, queerotica/queerporn, queer music, queer performances (not performativity), queer literature, queer speech/language/linguistics, queering museums/galleries/archives

6. Queer histories and social scientific studies:  history, historiography, historical shapings of queer, queer shaping of history, queering history, queer sociological and anthropological studies, queering religion, etc.

7. Queer politics and crisis:  Movements, activism, advocacy, politics, emancipation, pride, liberation, queer hate, oppressive queer societies and states, queer social reform, homonationalism, biopolitics, queer secularity, queering ethics, queertopias, politics of gender, representations and resistances of non-normative corporeality

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers  and presentations will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts or presentation proposals should be submitted by Friday 14th September 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper, if appropriate, should be submitted by Friday 23rd November 2012.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts or presentation proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract.
E-mails should be entitled: QS2 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Anne-Marie Cook & Rob Fisher: qs2@inter-disciplinary.net
Gregory Luke Chwala: chwala.luke@gmail.com

The conference is part of the At the Interface programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

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