CFP: NWSA 2018: The Radical Possibilities of Queer Potentiality

deadline for submissions: 
February 16, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
NWSA: National Women's Studies Association Conference

The National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference: November 8-11, 2018, Atlanta, GA


In response to the NWSA’s call for papers and this year’s theme, “Just Imagine. Imagine Justice: Feminist visions of freedom, dream making and the radical politics of futures” this proposed panel will consider queer/feminist/crip approaches to imagining radical futures and new ways of being in literature, art, film, and visual culture. In Cruising Utopia, José Esteban Muñoz’s reminds us that “to live inside straight time and ask for, desire, and imagine another time and place is to represent and perform a desire that is both utopian and queer” (26). Alison Kafer later writes in Feminist, Queer, Crip of her explicit desire for crip futures that contain and embrace disabled bodies and “imagine disability differently, futures that support multiple ways of being” (45). This panel will therefore examine the possibilities of imagining otherwise by considering how the past might be instructive to imagining radical futurities that disrupt the current authoritarian moment in which we find ourselves. In other words, how might queer, feminist, and crip activists, practitioners, and scholars imagine these possibilities, and how might they be imagined without falling into romantic tropes that sanitize the past or exclude particular bodies and ways of being in the future? After all, as Muñoz advises, we must “turn to the past in an effort to imagine a future” (116).

Topics/disciplines may include (but are not limited to): cultural productions—including objects, archives, performances, activism—that imagine feminist, queer, and crip futures; looking to the past to imagine queer potentialities; the radical possibilities that might be desired through the examination of queer/feminist/crip nostalgia; media and film studies; queer and feminist theory; disability studies; visual culture; and cultural studies. Papers that bring together queer theory, critical race theory, disability studies, and critiques of neoliberalism are particularly welcome. The scope of the panel will be revised and narrowed based upon submissions. Please send abstracts of 100 words with a short bio to Tara Holmes ( and Andy Eicher ( by 5pm EST on February 16, 2018.

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