(DEADLINE EXTENDED) QTRG Spring Conference: Futures of Queer Theory

deadline for submissions: 
February 10, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Queer Theory Reading Group at UC Irvine
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Call For Papers

QTRG Spring Conference: Futures of Queer Theory

Location: UC Irvine

Conference Date: May 11th, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Freeman (UC Davis) 

Submission Deadline (EXTENDED): February 24, 2018

There is something very timely about queer theory’s recent attention to untimeliness, to borrow Peter Coviello’s vocabulary. What forms of futurity does queerness, and queer theory, open up? Working against normative assumptions about how time is experienced and marked, Elizabeth Freeman’s concept of chrononormativity theorizes “the use of time to organize individual human bodies toward maximum productivity,” generating “socially meaningful embodiment through temporal regulation” (3). Read through this framework, “the future” appears as one horizon of this normativity. The Queer Theory Reading Group (QTRG) at UC Irvine invites paper proposals discussing queerness, temporal forms, and futurity. Critics and theorists after Lee Edelman who have theorized this relationship have complicated the geography of the field’s location and perspective on the landscapes of time, history, and contemporaneity. Edelman’s now well-cited assertion that “the queer” figures the structuring sign for the death drive, threatening the futurity promised within the symbolic order, has spurred a number of responses, including Jose Munoz’s theories of utopia and queer world-making and Jack Halberstam’s concept of queer time. Further considerations of race, class, historicism, trans* identity, anachronism, affect, and biopower have further complicated these discussions. We invite presentations that inquire into the difficult terrain of temporality and futurity as it has taken shape within queer theory and other disciplines. In the frame of contemporary cultural, discursive, legal, and political shifts - the mediatization of queer identities, the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, and the discriminatory rubrics of the new conservatism - theoretical questions about futurity take on new significance.

We welcome proposals that range across disciplines, including interdisciplinary work. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract (word doc or pdf) to qtrguci@gmail.com by February 24, 2018. Accepted proposals will be organized into panels.

We welcome presentations on, but not limited to, the relationship between queerness and:

  • Temporality and Futurity
  • Affect
  • Popular Media and Publications
  • Histories of Emotion
  • Anachronism
  • Race
  • Class
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Historicism
  • Film and Television
  • Trans* Identities
  • The Contemporary
  • Disability
  • Feminism
  • The Law
  • Genre
  • Emergent Identities
  • Biopower
  • The Speculative
  • Activism and Policy

Sponsored by: UC Irvine Humanities Commons, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of English, Poetics|History|Theory, and Postmodern Culture.