Mapping Queer Bioethics: Special Issue of the Journal of Homosexuality and Upcomcoming Conference [Due: October 15, 2011]

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University of Pennsylvania and The Journal of Homosexuality


Extended Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY to be timed with a one-day symposium and an international conference on queer bioethics to be held at the University of Pennsylvania

Editors/Conveners: Lance Wahlert and Autumn Fiester

Announcing the publication of this special issue, the University of Pennsylvania will be hosting two events:
- A one-day symposium on queer bioethics on March 29, 2012
- And the 1st National Conference on Queer Bioethics on September 21-22, 2012
Confirmed speakers for these events include: Cindy Patton, David Halperin, Elizabeth Freeman, Heather Love, and Lisa Cartwright.

We invite the submission of abstracts for a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality, which will consider the spaces, places, and localities in which the bioethical concerns and dilemmas of LGBTQ persons arise. Recent scholarship in bioethics, disability studies, and queer theory has focused prominently on the institutional and circumstantial factors that impact the appreciations, services, and needs of marginalized populations. To that end, numerous scholars from a variety of traditions have weighed-in on the spatial and organizational strategies of municipalities, nations, and other governing bodies to consider the complexities and sensitivities of those in need of health care services. Bearing in mind this recent intellectual trend, this special issue will provide discourse on an as-yet-unacknowledged question: How do we appreciate and understand the special needs and special sensitivities of queer parties in the clinical realm given the constraints of location, space, and geography? Accordingly, we seek contributors from numerous disciplines to provide insights on how queer health needs might be space and place specific.

How do the needs of trans persons differ in the clinic, in the classroom, and in the boardroom? Does the pedagogical value of queer-positive sex education policies differ in the high school, in the courtroom, and in the legislative house? Do the ethics of safe(r) sex standards change when we consider disparate spaces such as the bathhouse, the tearoom, the bedroom, and the hospital? Does the act of memorializing queer health and queer sexuality change between the archive, the home, the church, and the art gallery? More boldly (and perhaps more discerningly), what continuities can we identify across these various spaces?