NEMLA Queer Counterpublics: deadline 9/30/2010

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Grace Sikorski
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Call for Papers for a penal on queer counterpublics . . .

42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, New Jersey

The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2010

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Judith Jack Halberstam pursues a uniquely queer counterpublic:

“[Q]ueer” refers to nonnormative logics and organizations of community, sexual identity, embodiment, and activity in space and time. “Queer time” is a term for those specific models of temporality that emerge within postmodernism once one leaves the temporal frames of bourgeois reproduction and family, longevity, risk/safety, and inheritance. “Queer space” refers to the place-making practices within postmodernism in which queer people engage and it also describes the new understandings of space enabled by the production of queer counterpublics. (In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies 6).

This panel welcomes all papers on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, drag, sadism, masochism, fetish, butch/femme, polyamory, cross-generational erotics, and other forms of nonnormativity as queer counterpublic discourse in literature, film, and culture. Attention should be given to the potential of queer counterpublics to subvert the hegemonic order of sex, sexuality, gender, desire, and bodies and to establish an alternative discursive, symbolic, imaginary, or literal location for queer behaviors, bodies, and identities. Interest will also go to papers that acknowledge the complex relationship between public and private domains, the role of consumer culture in the production of certain counterpublics, and the cooptation of queer counterpublics into the hegemonic of popular public consumption. Of interest as well is the production, reproduction, distribution, adaptation, or reception of queer counterpublics. There are no parameters for historical period or national context.

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This panel welcomes papers on queer counterpublics including LGBTQ, drag, bdsm, fetish, butch/femme, polyamory, etc., in literature, film, and culture; the subversion of the hegemonic order of sex, sexuality, gender, desire, and bodies; alternative discursive, symbolic, imaginary, or literal locations for queer behaviors, bodies, and identities; and the role of consumer culture in the production of queer counterpublics. Submit to

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modernist studies