Crossing Borders and Queer Styles (Abstracts due: 5/8/2011)

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Conference: UCLA's 13th Annual Queer Studies Conference
Panel Topic: Crossing Borders and Queer Styles
Location: University of California Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Dates: October 14th to 15th 2011 (Abstracts Due: May 8th 2011)

Call for Papers: The 2011 queer studies conference at UCLA will consider matters of fashion through a variety of lenses, including drag, gender performance, self-fashioning and much more. I plan to submit a panel proposal for this conference, and I am seeking panelists who work on queer fashion through a global or border-crossing framework. Participants are welcome to interpret this session's topic in a variety of ways; for instance, I welcome projects that consider queer forms of adornment, design, performance, self-making, etc. Researchers from all disciplines may participate in this session. Further, participants are encouraged to explore how queer fashion relates to matters of culture, ethnicity, nation, race and religion. If you would like to submit an abstract, please send your proposal as a word document to Ed Chamberlain at Please send your abstract by Sunday May 8th 2011. Abstracts should be 300-500 words. Please include a copy of your CV. All projects should make use of some critical perspectives or theory. Acceptance to the conference is not guaranteed, and this session will be subject to the conference's review process. Please see the conference announcement below for more information about conference activities and keynote speakers.

Ed Chamberlain
Indiana University Bloomington
Department of Comparative Literature
American Studies Program


UCLA's 13th Annual Queer Studies Conference
Conference Theme: Fashion
October 14-15, 2011
Call for Papers
Deadline May 13, 2011

UCLA's LGBTS Program is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for its upcoming Queer Studies Conference featuring presentations by graduate students as well as faculty and advanced undergraduates. This year's conference will explore and exploit issues of fashion, queerly construed. We wish to invite a wide range of questions and panels on subject topics as drag, female masculinities, male femininities, queer making and self-fashioning, cloning and styling, and, of course, the culture and politics of the fashion industry itself. Questions of class, economics, history, ethnicity, race, (im)migration, geography, exploitation, and sublimation are at the forefront of our query. We seek to know what might be a new analytic or interdisciplinary methodology through which to attend to multiple registers of fashion.

Keynote Speakers: Jack Halberstam, Monica Miller, Mignon Moore, Karen Leigh Tongson and Debra Vargas

Closing Performance: "Queerture: A night of rocket science and fashion design" with artistic director Tania Hammidi

Proposals for individual papers should take the form of abstracts; panel proposals should also include both a list of participants and paper abstracts. CVs must accompany all abstracts. Submissions from undergraduates should be accompanied by a brief letter from a faculty member highlighting the strengths of both the student and the student's proposal.

Deadline for abstracts and CVs: May 13, 2011
Send abstracts and CVs to
Contact: Catharine McGraw (310) 206-1145 &