{UPDATE] [DEADLINE EXTENDED: July 1] Radical Kinship

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Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference

Keynote: Omise'eke Tinsley, University of Texas at Austin
Conference Date: October 16, 2015

Kinships that cross boundaries often entail radical decenterings of family, community, or subjectivity. What happens
when Yellow Peril supports Black Power in Ferguson? When Maggie Simpson holds up a Je Suis Charlie sign?
When, in a single frame, Kordale and Kaleb dismantle stale notions of Black masculinity, queerness, and
Can we undomesticate kinship?

The 2015 Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference invites paper submissions from across the humanities that address
the topic of "Radical Kinship." Building upon contemporary scholarship—from Queer Theory to Indigenous
Studies, from Afro-Futurism to Disability Studies—that investigates ways of being and belonging together across
differences, "Radical Kinship" calls for a rethinking of both radicality and kin. In a world defined by violence on
both the local and global scale, we need to reimagine traditional distinctions of nation, community, and family. This
conference aims to explore the potential of radical kinship by considering its sociopolitical, aesthetic, and conceptual

We welcome papers from all disciplines and fields whose works engage in framing radical kinship. Please send your
abstract of no more than 300 words, along with a short bio, to tuftsgradhumanitiesconference@gmail.com by July 1,

Some questions to consider:
• Does radicality engender a kinship for which we have neither terminology nor epistemology?
• In what ways do creative works rewrite or redefine families and/or social units?
• What are the limitations of relying on the idea of "family" to define kinship?
• How are aesthetic movements not only influenced by sociopolitical actions, but also an influence on such
• Do new models of kinship offer a new paradigm, or do they risk simply reproducing older models in a new
• Are there historical or literary models that exceed traditional attempts at delineation, and thereby gesture to
an idea of radical kinship?
• How might we conceive of a kinship capable of connecting spatially or temporally distant peoples?
• In what ways can we politicize kinship between aesthetic movements? What is the difference between
kinship and appropriation?
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Queer Theory
Queer of Color Critique
Disability Studies
Science Fiction
Anticolonial studies
Diaspora Studies
Gender Studies
Indigenous Studies
Transnational Feminism
Marxism and Labor Studies

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