pecies-What?: Language and the Que(e)ry of Speciesism
This area focus will address the linguistic intersections between queer theory, speciesism, and critical animal studies. Speciesist language creates and naturalizes the species hierarchy of "human"/"animal." Heteronormative and gender normative language creates and naturalizes the categories of "male"/"female", "straight"/"gay", and "normal"/"queer." Both queer studies and critical animal studies provide inclusive tools for linguists to deconstruct dichotomous thinking. Much anti-speciesist thought is informed by the destabilization that queer theory provides, and queer theory itself would contest the privileged binary construction of human/animal. Yet, there lacks a presence of engagement in linguistics between these two growing theoretical and liberatory movements. Lavender Languages invites scholars and activists from a variety of disciplines and liberation movements to engage in a dialogue between critical animal studies and queer theory. These papers will interrogate roles of language in the species binary and social scripts generated therein using a queer theory approach.
Topics may include:
*the queering of animal bodies
*the language of animality
*veganism as queer practice
*queer linguistic analysis of a direct action commnique
*queering 'activism' through direct action
*anti-speciesist critiques emerging from queer theory
*essentializing the vegan: queering representations
*total liberation as politic
*queer talkback to species-normativity
*a queer analysis of the Animal Liberation Front
*sexual violence in the movement; a queer theory treatise
*a queer investigation of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act
*political repression, gender performance in government surveillance, and the case of Eric McDavid
Submissions can take creative direction with their form; including but not limited to formal papers, poetry and prose, video, and manifestas.
Please contact Jennifer Grubbs at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit.