(Dis)locating
 Queer: 
Race, 
Region, 
and
 Sexual
 Diasporas
 May
 5‐7, 
2011


full name / name of organization: 
A
 Graduate 
Conference 
at 
the 
University 
of 
Illinois, 
Urbana‐Champaign

contact email: 
dislocatingqueer@gmail.com



 
(Dis)locating
 Queer: 
Race, 
Region, 
and 
Sexual 
Diasporas


A 
Graduate 
Conference 
at 
the 
University 
of 
Illinois, 
Urbana‐Champaign


May 
5‐7,
 2011


Keynote
 speaker:
 Eithne 
Luibhéid

Associate 
Professor,
 Gender
 &
Women's
 Studies, 

University 
of 
Arizona


Author 
of 
Entry 
Denied:
Controlling 
Sexuality 
at 
the 
Border
 (U 
of
Minnesota
 Press, 
2002) 
and 
co‐editor 
of
 Queer
 Migrations:
Sexuality,
 U.S. 
Citizenship,
 and 
Border 
Crossings 
(U 
of 
Minnesota
Press,
 2005).


This
 is 
an 
exciting
 time
 for 
work 
at 
the 
intersections 
of 
Queer
Studies,
 Critical 
Race 
Studies,
 and 
studies 
of 
region. 
"Queer"
continues
 to 
be 
a 
critical 
location 
for 
agency 
and 
activism.
 However,
 those
 who 
undertake 
Queer 
Studies 
must 
also 
be
conscious
 about
 uncritically
 endorsing 
racialized, 
spacialized, 
and
classed
 norms 
while 
striving
 for 
a 
deeper 
understanding
 of
intersectionality.
 In
contemplating 
the 
potential 
to 
"queer" 
the 
study 
 of
 race,
 region
 and
 sexual 
diaspora 
we 
intend
 to 
challenge
assumptions 
that 
undergird 
the 
construction 
of
 nationhood,
 race,
migrations,
 community, 
settlement(s), 
and 
locality.
 


(Dis)locating
 Queer 
invites 
presentations 
that 
queer 
the 
analysis 
of
race, 
region, 
and 
sexual
 diaspora 
and 
which 
unsettle 
racial,
regional,
 and 
diasporic 
assumptions 
within 
queer 
studies.
 We 
seek
presentations
 that 
investigate 
these 
intersecting 
lines
 of 
inquiry,
asking
 what 
queer
 does 
rather 
than 
what
 “queer” 
is.
 


We 
encourage
 submissions 
organized
 a round
 one 
or 
more 
of 
the
following 
themes, 
but
 welcome 
presentations 
that 
use 
other
 rubrics 
to 
address 
the 
topic 
of 
race, 
region,
 and
 sexual
 diasporas:
 


‐Race/citizenship

‐Region/location

‐Movement/diaspora

‐Academy/activism



 We 
invite 
proposals 
for 
panels, 
paper 
presentations, 
and 
artistic
performances. 
The 
final 
day 
of
 the 
conference
 will 
be 
devoted
 to
seminars
 on 
pre‐circulated 
papers. 
Please
 indicate 
in 
your
 abstract
if 
you 
would 
be 
interested
 in
 submitting
 your
 work
 early
 for 
a
seminar. 
It 
is 
possible 
to
 both 
present
 a 
paper
 and
 participate
 in
the
 seminar. 
We 
are 
eager 
to 
receive 
submissions
 from
 a 
wide 
range
 of 
disciplines 
and 
interdisciplinary 
fields.
 


Guidelines:

‐‐
Panel
 proposals
 must 
include
 a 
title 
and
 a
 panel 
abstract 
not 
to
exceed 
500 
words.
 Each
 panelist 
must
 submit 
a 
one
 page 
CV 
with
the 
panel 
proposal.


‐‐
Individual 
papers 
must 
include 
an 
abstract 
(250 
words 
maximum) 
and 
one 
page 
CV


 ‐‐
Please
 submit 
all 
materials 
electronically 
to
dislocatingqueer@gmail.com
 by 
March
 15,
 2011.


 We 
look 
forward
 to 
submissions 
that 
are 
insightful,
 creative,
 and
challenging,
 and 
we 
hope 
to
 host a
 truly 
interactive,
 supportive
conference.


cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
graduate_conferences
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
postcolonial
theatre
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond