UPDATE: [Gender Studies]
3rd Annual UC Davis Queer Studies Graduate Symposium
"Queer Mobility, Queer Citizenship"
University of California, Davis
May 29, 2009
Keynote Speaker: Siobhan Somerville, Associate Professor in the Department of English and the
Gender & Women's Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Somerville has written extensively on the intersection of race and sexuality in U.S. literature and
history, and her current book project is entitled A Queer Genealogy of Naturalization in the U.S.
Recent queer scholarship reflects an investment in studies of transnationalism and a concern
with questions of mobility and citizenship. Scholarship within the growing field of transnational
queer studies, as exemplified in works such as Social Text's 2005 special issue "What's Queer
about Queer Studies Now" and GLQ's 2008 special issue "Queer/Migrations," investigates the
imbrications of gender and sexuality with racial, national, and diasporic formations; circuits of
travel, migration, and displacement; and immigration, asylum, and citizenship policies. To
interrogate discourses of sexuality, desire, and political change within the current phase of
globalization, transnational queer studies requires attention to the ways in which constructions
of sexuality are linked to the movements of bodies, ideas, and capital as well as to local, regional,
and global systems of inclusion and exclusion. This conference emerges at a moment in which
technologies of war and information simultaneously transcend and reinscribe modern boundaries
of time and space. Therefore, we invite conversations around how queer modes of mobility and
citizenship may be at once complicit with and disruptive of the temporal, spatial, and affective
logics of nation-states, economic formations, and liberal personhood.
What does the study of mobility and citizenship offer queer scholarship? Who is denied or
granted access to various forms of mobility? How is that access/denial contingent upon and
constitutive of one's citizenship status? When and how are non-normative genders and non-
reproductive desires in synchrony with the state and when do they expose the fissures,
inconsistencies, and ambivalences of the state? Is queerness compatible with the pursuit of
liberal citizenship and is queer citizenship possible? How does a focus on mobility and
citizenship further demonstrate the necessity of interrogating the racial, class, and gendered
formations inherent in discourses of sexuality? How can considerations of different scales of
mobility and forms of embodiment bring together studies of sexuality, dis/ability, and
citizenship? How are metaphors of mobility (coming out, "fluid" identities, access) central to
queerness? What are the links between citizenship and in/voluntary modes of travel,
im/migration, and displacement? How is the production of modern citizen-subjects embedded
in histories of colonialism, war, and empire-making, and what is particular about the role of
mobility in the construction of queer subjectivities? How does queer fail or succeed as a
transnational and translatable concept, identity or politic?
We invite scholarship from a broad range of disciplines, especially interdisciplinary work in queer
theory and transgender theory. We especially encourage work that critically engages mutually
constitutive articulations of race, class, sexuality, ability, gender, citizenship, religion, and
nationality. Papers engaging activism and community organizing are also encouraged. For
information on past symposium please visit www.queersymposium.org.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
-Histories of queerness mobility and citizenship
-Gay/lesbian tourism and travel
-Immigration and asylum law
-Technology / digital and virtual spaces
-"Global Gay" / the gay international
-Queerness and mobile capital
-Border crossing and borderlands
-Violence, war, and the State
-Local and regional belonging
-Temporal mobility, temporal belonging
-Affective and cultural citizenship
-Homonormativity, neoliberalism and mobile citizenship
Please send 250-500 word abstracts with a CV to queersymposium2009_at_gmail.com by
March 15, 2009.
Along with this abstract, please indicate if your presentation requires any AV equipment.
Acceptances will be sent out by March 29, 2009.
For more information, email Abigail Boggs and Cynthia Degnan at
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