(Dis)locating Queer: Race, Region, and Sexual Diasporas May 5‐7, 2011
(Dis)locating Queer: Race, Region, and Sexual Diasporas
A Graduate Conference at the University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign
May 5‐7, 2011
Associate Professor, Gender & Women's Studies,
University of Arizona
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:
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.
‐‐ 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
We look forward to submissions that are insightful, creative, and challenging, and we hope to host a truly interactive, supportive conference.