Queering the End Times

deadline for submissions: 
May 6, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Ezra Horbury, University of Cambridge

Abstract deadline: May 6th 2018
University of Cambridge

"I think the world will come to an end amid the general applause from all the wits who believe that it is a joke." - Søren Kierkegaard

In 2016 and 2017, LGBT homicides more than doubled those of previous years. In 2017, the US President Donald Trump attempted to ban transgender military personnel via twitter. The Doomsday clock is set at two minutes to midnight. In response, the Queer Cultures Research Seminar series (University of Cambridge) is holding a one day conference to address queer engagements with and resistances to the 'end times'.

We invite 20 minute papers or presentations that provide queer, alternative, and feminist engagements with the 'end times', which might denote literal apocalypses, violent political climates, or the collapse of particular cultures or institutions. Topics might include, but are not limited to, queer engagements with the following themes:

  • Resistance to oppression
  • Cultural or actual genocide
  • Depictions of the end times in literature, art, pop culture, etc.
  • Post-apocalyptic media
  • Sociological, political, economical studies of the effects of the end times
  • Historical predictions of the apocalypse
  • Theological and/or philosophical treatments of apocalypse
  • Risks and rewards of new technology
  • Ludic embraces of apocalypse and death
  • Nullity, abjection, and/or filth
  • Eschatology

Beyond academic papers, we will also consider artistic pieces or other non-traditional responses to the conference theme. Please send 250 word abstracts to queeringtheendtimes@gmail.com. If your piece is significantly visual in nature, please also send a sample (two page) portfolio. Submissions should arrive by May 6th 2018.

Keynote Speakers
Prof. Sally Munt (University of Sussex): "Gay Shame in a Geopolitical Context"
Dr. Bogdan Popa (University of Cambridge): "Slavery after the End of Time"

Convenors: Dr Ezra Horbury, Kris Beaghton, Ola Goclawska


Queering the End Times, June 9th 2018, University of Cambridge (venue TBC)