Feminisms and Queer Sexualities: Intersections in Text and Context (June 8-9, 2012)

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The Korean Association for Feminist Studies in English Literature
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Time: June 8-9, 2012
Place: Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

This conference seeks to explore the complex historical, theoretical, and textual relationships between feminisms and queer sexualities, and to examine the (re)significations of this dynamic in literature and culture. Writers of color, community activists, or sexual minorities have forcefully argued that experiences of patriarchy are deeply inflected by differences in sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, age, and national (dis)privilege. The purpose of this conference is to probe the ways in which “feminism” and “queer” are intimately related in their continuous reckoning with reductive definitions of human identity and difference, and in their commitment to contest all oppressive conditions of fixity and containment. We hope to address questions such as “What are the historical, material, and discursive dis/continuities between feminism and queer theory? What is queer feminism/feminist queering? What is a feminist text/critique and a queer text/critique? How do literary/cultural productions as representations engage in the overlapping of or disruptions between feminism and queer?

For a full version of the call for papers, please go to http://www.fsel.org/ver1.0/english/conference/sub_1.htm. A 250-word abstract and one-page CV are requested by December 31, 2011, to the FSEL Organizing Committee at fselconf2012@gmail.com. Accepted papers will be announced by the end of February 2012. Please watch for updated conference information at www.fsel.org.

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