Subversive Intimacies, Unsettling Encounters

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
contact email: 

ACCUTE Member-Organized Panel: "Subversive Intimacies, Unsettling Encounters"

Organizer: Sarah Kent, Queen's University

June 1-4, 2019: Congress at the University of British Columbia. 


“Intimacy” is an intensely ambiguous word that gestures to some kind of togetherness; it is an affinity that may indicate physical proximity, sexual activity, or emotional familiarity between people, place, other-than-human kin, or in/tangible things. This panel seeks to assess the potential of unexpected intimacies to unsettle, exceed, or subvert hegemonic structures. Expansively defined to gather a range of perspectives and theoretical frameworks, intimacy may occur at the micro or macro levels. This panel asks, (how) can intimate encounters with ourselves or one another refigure the familiar ordering of the world? Participants may also trouble the idea of intimacy as a counter-politics, examine intimacies that are toxic to personal, collective, or environmental wellbeing, or consider how intimacy may always be mediated.

Discussions may include, but are not limited to, the following areas of exploration:

  • Queer, Critical Race, Disability, Gender and Feminist frameworks
  • Indigenous, postcolonial, or anti-colonial perspectives
  • Ecocriticism and environmental studies
  • Animal Studies/Animality Studies
  • Affect theory and embodied knowledge
  • Coalition-building and social justice movements
  • Thing theory and intimacies with objects
  • The transformation of intimacies over time or in various periods
  • Representations of intimacy in genre fiction, including sci-fi, fantasy, romance, or horror   

Please submit proposals by 15 November 2018 through the ACCUTE Proposal Submission Form: 

To be complete, a submission requires contact information, a proposal of 300-500 words (with no identifying marks), an abstract of 100 words max., and a biographical note of 50 words max.