Queering Care and Cure

deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Queer, Feminist, and Trans Studies Research Cluster/ University of California, Davis
contact email: 

Queer, Feminist, and Trans Studies Research Cluster University of California, Davis

Title: Queering Care and Cure
Keynote: Dean Spade, and second keynote to be confirmed.

Conference: May 3-4th, 2018
Location: University of California, Davis, in Davis, California Deadline for Submissions: February 1, 2018

Organizer Contact: Alex Fine (akfine@ucdavis.edu) Email: QFT.UCDavis@gmail.com

CFP: Queering Care and Cure

The Queer, Feminist, and Trans Studies Research Cluster (QFT) at the University of California, Davis invites submissions from graduate students and faculty working in the interdisciplinary fields of critical health studies, disability studies, critical science studies, and related fields to the two-day Queering Care and Cure conference. We invite both academic paper submissions for 10-12 minute presentations, as well as other creative formats, which will be displayed in a creative showcase hosted at a gallery in Davis.

This conference centers on queer, feminist, or trans studies perspectives on health, healing, and care practices. Through papers and creative submissions, we plan to interrogate and complicate the ways health, healing, and care practices, discipline and manage bodies by, instead, adopting the lenses of queer, feminist and trans perspectives. Through engaging intersectional analysis attentive to the unequal distribution of care across individual bodies and communities, our conference aims to re-think and re-shape research, theorizing, and practices in critical health studies.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

The medical industrial complex

The pharmaceutical industry

Drug use/abuse


Scientific research on bodies, genders, and sexualities

Methods of alternative health and healing

Grassroots and community-based forms of care

Forms of resistance to medically-codified forms of health and healing

HIV/AIDS discourse and care past and present

Disability, chronic illness, and environmental illness

Mental health or body-mind health

Immigration, questions of citizenship, borders and borderlands

Queer of color critique

Movements for racial and economic justice

Rights and care for prisoners/incarcerated persons

Current events and politics invoking discussions of health and care for queer communities

Radicalizing norms surrounding health and care

Desired Outcomes:

Intellectual collaboration

Relationship-building across disciplines and fields

A re-thinking and re-shaping of critical health studies and related inquiry from feminist, queer, and trans studies perspectives

Professionalizing and network-building


To Submit – Email QFT.UCDavis@gmail.com by February 1, 2018 with the following information:


Conference Paper:

Name and Institutional Affiliation

Title of Talk

Abstract, 300 word maximum


Creative Submission:

Name and Institutional Affiliation

Title of Piece

Abstract/Description of Piece, 300 word maximum

Images of Piece (3-5) or Link to Website/Images (Note: please do not send original art)