CFP: Queer Mentoring in Contemporary Culture

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10th Annual Cultural Studies Association Conference
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Conference Dates: March 28th to April 1st 2012
Location: University of California San Diego, U.S.A.
Deadline for abstracts: Sunday, August 28th 2011

Panel Overview โ€“ In recent decades, cultural critics have explored how gay and lesbian people are becoming more and more visible in the public sphere, such as the entertainment industry and campaigns for equality. These critics have considered a wide array of topics, including how representation and public figures relate to discourses about community, homophobia and rights, among others. One of the lesser explored topics within gay visibility research is the important role that queer mentors are playing in the lives of youth who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer. Increasingly, these queer mentors provide advice and support to younger generations so that they may understand what it means to be queer within the world. For instance, we see queer mentors advise performers in TV programs, such as RuPaul's Drag Race on Logo. Likewise, gay and lesbian mentors are encouraging LGBTQ youth through social media campaigns, such as the It Gets Better Project. Queer mentors also are found in novels, such as Mayra Santos Febre's text, Sirena Selena Dressed in Pain.

To foster a greater knowledge of these contexts, I will be submitting a panel proposal to the Cultural Studies Association Conference, which will take place at the University of California San Diego in 2012. In general, this panel will address how cultural production shows ideas, images, performances and stories about queer mentors. In addition, this panel may consider how queer mentors function as a form of family when the more traditional family cannot advise their progeny about queer matters. This panel also may examine how class, gender, nation, race and religion play roles in queer mentoring. For those who are interested in submitting an abstract, please send your submissions to Ed Chamberlain at the following โ€“ Abstracts should be 150 words in length. The deadline for submitting an abstract is Sunday, August 28th 2011. In your submission, please include your CV, preferred name and any affiliations. All submissions will receive responses. Please be aware that this panel will be subject to the association's review process. For more details about the conference, visit the association's website here โ€“ Thank you.