GAY, LESBIAN, AND QUEER STUDIES
Call For Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers
POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION
2007 JOINT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
April 4-7, 2007
Boston Copley Place
For more information on the PCA/ACA,
please go to http://www.h-net.org/~pcaaca.
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2006
We are considering proposals for sessions organized
around a theme, special panels, and/or individual papers.
Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four
papers or speakers per standard session.
gender studies and sexuality
GAY, LESBIAN, AND QUEER STUDIES
The concept of "the beautiful young man," as clearly recognized in such works
as Herman Melville's "Billy Budd" and Edward Albee's "The American Dream," is
a pervasive archetype in American literature, and it problematizes,
challenges and queers heteronormative paradigms of representation. This panel seeks to
explore iterations of the archetype and how it informs a broader contextual
understanding of other American literary concepts such as R.W. B. Lewis'
"American Adam." Sponsored by the NEMLA LGBT Caucus. Submissions, inquiries, and
250-300 word abstracts may be sent electronically (in MSWord format as an
attachment) to Donald P. Gagnon, Western Connecticut State University:
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Abstract/Proposals by 15 November 2006
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Writing the Queer Self: Sex, Gender, and the Creation of Space in Queer
This panel seeks to examine the roles that the inclusion of queer sex and
gender non-conformity in LGBT autobiographies, diaries, and memoirs play in
creating a unique rhetorical space for queer bodies. Additionally, this
panel will look at the ways that specifically queer life writing alters the
landscapes of literary biographies of LGBT authors, and the interpretations
of their works. Possible topics might include a reading of place that quee=
sex holds in Joe Orton=B9s diaries, his creation of a hyper-masculine and
hyper-sexual persona, and how that influences John Lahr=B9s biography, and
I am under contract with Greenwood Press to edit a three-volume, 600,000 word encyclopedia entitled 'LGBTQ America Today.' If you think you might be interested in contributing an entry or entries, please contact me and I will forward to you the full description, including the lengthy proposed table of contents that indicates the words allotted to each entry. I am setting a somewhat arbitrary deadline of Halloween for delivery of first drafts, principally as a sure-fire jog to the memory. Contributors are encouraged to finish well before that (on the other hand, a bit more time may be available if one's workload has become oppressive).
Below is a second reminder of our call for papers.
You'll also notice that we are now soliciting book reviews in addition to
original essays for the journal.
Please Forward... deadline approaching.
Call for Papers: Special theme issue of 'Reconstruction: Studies in
'Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture' is an open access,
peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing cultural studies work from
and established scholars worldwide.
We now invite submissions for our special-theme issue tentatively titled,
"Threatening Bodies: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Race"
2007 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
March 8-11, 2007
I am currently seeking papers for the following panel:
Recent theories of genre encourage thinking of melodrama not as a singular
generic category, but as a sustained modality in all popular American films
(among other national industries). As such, melodrama would possess a
democratizing potential for personifying social forces within a visual realm, thus
contesting the ideologies and binaries that produce cultural "others."
THE MERRY WIDOW: RETHINKING WIDOWHOOD IN HISTORY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
Papers and full sessions for a strand on medieval widowhood are =
being sought for a conference hosted by the Centre for Research into =
in Culture and Society (GENCAS) at the University of Wales, Swansea =
Veena Talwar Oldenburg, Professor of History, Baruch College, CUNY
Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Professor of German Literature, Exeter College,
Dr Anneke Mulder-Bakker, Fellow in Medieval History, University of =
Susie Boyt, Novelist
Since the 1990s, recent Anglophone Caribbean writing has broken the
literary mold set by the text of the 1950s onwards by foregrounding the
trope of sex and sexuality, along with the relational categories of race,
class, and gender to give a fuller understanding of Caribbean reality.
There is now a pressing need for critical, scholarly, examination of this
new dimension of Caribbean literature.
I invite papers that examine the representation of sex and sexuality as
illustrated in the poetry, fiction, and autobiographical work of
contemporary women writers of the Anglophone Caibbean.
Editor seeks a few more essays for an edited collection tentatively entitled
"Loss and Mourning in the Writings of Caribbean Women Writers, edited by
At the invitation of Cambridge Scholars Press, I am submitting for
publication a book of critical scholarly essays on the topic of loss and mourning in
the writings of Caribbean women writers. Most of the essays for the book
derive from papers given at a conference of the North East Modern Language
Association in March 2006.
The consideration of loss and mourning in Caribbean women's writing is an
exciting new discourse emerging fefore us and, while there is a considerable