UPDATE: [Gender Studies]

full name / name of organization: 
Ginger Jones


IDKE.X ROUNDTRIP HOME: Cultural Depots and Queer Destinations

More than a decade of grassroots networking will have passed when IDKE.X
ROUNDTRIP HOME kicks off its first event on October 16, 2008. The
original purpose of the IDKE conference was a critical examination and
insider’s view on female-to-male (FTM) drag as a subculture. Examining the
intersections and junctures of every day lived experience pushed the
original organizers to create an event dedicated to scrutinizing these
moments of connection and disconnection.

2008’s focus is set to expound upon and illuminate the topic of CULTURAL
DEPOTS & QUEER DESTINATIONS. We are looking for proposals that critically
address issues related to gender, including documented accounts of our
historical presence as gender-queer beings; gender performance beyond the
scope of the stage; gender and queer theory; mass popular culture and
critical race theories; gender-queer community viability; the function of
familial relations both past and present; King community health &
wellness. If this sounds interesting to you, then share your thoughts,
work, and energy with the IDKE.X King community.

Whether it is a response paper, term paper, thesis draft, panel
presentation, roundtable discussion, workshop, or demonstration, we want
you! Please consider these questions as points of departure for what is
certain to be a fantastic conference. Where they take you, we can hardly
wait to see!

• Where role have drag kings had in the queer/lgbt community in the
last decade?
• Who have we seen/become and how does this impact our future and
our youth?
• Where/what are the cultural depositories for our “drag king
community” memoirs?
• What role does (or should) documentation have in the gender-queer
and drag king community? What is our collective gender-queer legacy?
• What roles do politics and feminism have in the drag king
community and what roles do they have on the stage?
• How is king community maintained off stage? What sustains it and
what purpose does it serve?
• What happens to butch identity in the king community?
• What is the role and effect of femininity (both FTF and MTF) in
queer spaces?
• How do transmen negotiate the LGBT and king communities and the
• How does appropriation (racial, ethnic, religious, etc) affect the
king community and expectations and understandings of diversity in the

The above list is not exhaustive, but is certainly contains some of the
most important questions and situations currently facing the gender-queer
and king community.

The workshops/presentations will be featured during the daytime sessions
of the Academic portion of the conference on Friday, Oct. 17, 10am- 3pm
and Saturday, Oct. 18, 9am-4pm, 2008. There are 28 sessions, & session is
50 minutes long.

Proposal Timeline:

Please Email your proposals to: idkexcolumbus_at_yahoo.com.
Or mail to:
FFP â€" Attn: IDKE X Academic Conference
1160 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201

Be sure to put “Academic Proposal” and your name in the subject line or
lower portion of the front of the envelope.
1) IDKE.X Roundtrip Home: Cultural Depots & Queer Destinations is the
theme to keep in mind.
2) If there are multiple submissions about the same topic, we may approach
you about participating on a moderated panel.
3) Be specific in your proposal. What specifically are you offering
4) Proposal length: 300 words or less.
Contact us: For more information please contact Miz Ginger Jones at

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