CFP: Early Modern Queer Alliances (5/15/05; RSA, 3/23/06-3/25/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Penelope Anderson
contact email: 
penelope_anderson@yahoo.com

Proposed Panel: The Social Work of Same-Sex Alliances
in the Early Modern Period

Alan Bray’s _The Friend_ has sparked a great deal of
discussion about the ways in which same-sex alliances
fit within, and signify to, larger social, political,
or cultural formations. For a proposed panel at RSA
2006, in San Francisco, we invite papers that consider
same-sex associations and representations under the
shelter of, or in tension with, other allegiances: to
marriage, to patron, to genre, to nation, or to
politics, to name only a few possibilities.

In particular, how do representations – literary,
visual, historical, or otherwise – of same-sex
associations, in their varied forms, reshape our sense
of early modern ethical or political obligation? How
do same-sex alliances fit with, or conflict with,
other forms of affiliation and obligation? Do such
alignments reconfigure social, literary, political, or
performative worlds, or reinforce their gender
hierarchies? How do these interconnections shape our
sense of same-sex acts and identities in the early
modern period? What difference does gender make to
these questions?

Papers that explore other aspects of same-sex
eroticism or affiliation are also welcome, and
comparative or cross-cultural approaches are
particularly encouraged.

By 15 May 2005, please email abstracts (250 words
maximum) with a brief CV, as MSWord attachment or in
the body of an email, to panel organizers Penelope
Anderson, panderso_at_berkeley.edu, and Catherine
Burriss, cburriss_at_berkeley.edu.

Participants must be RSA members or pay membership at
time of submitting.

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