CFP: Queer Parents in Cultural Production

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Ed Chamberlain, Ph.D.
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Conference: Cultural Studies Association at Chicago, IL

Conference Dates: Thursday May 23rd to Sunday the 26th 2013

Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, February 1 2013

Overview: During recent decades, there has been an increasing visibility of families that are led by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. For instance, we see LGBTs are getting married, having children, adopting kids and reimagining notions of family. These unique families have begun to appear more frequently both within our real landscape and forms of culture, such as writing, film, and other kinds of expression. These unique portrayals of family lead us to question how representation relates to current debates of marriage equality and gender democracy. To explore these developments more critically, I am organizing a panel for the 2013 Cultural Studies Association conference. Ideally, this panel will discuss a range of recent queer parental representation, as well as contemplate how these portrayals duplicate and/or challenge dominant, heteronormative visions of parental experience. If you wish to participate, you may theorize the concept of "queer parents" in diverse ways. Most likely, this session will discuss how the parental role need not rely on conventional kinds of reproduction or traditional family formations. We also will consider how queer parenting relates to ethnicity, race, class and gender experience. Hence, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary and innovative approaches are encouraged. At the same time, all proposals for this panel should use critical and/or scholarly approaches. If you are interested in participating, please submit a 150 word abstract of your project. With your abstract, include your name, affiliations, and a title for your project. Please send your proposal as an attachment to Dr. Chamberlain by February 1 2013. All participants will receive responses about the selection process. Lastly, please know that this panel must go through the CSA's review process, and acceptance is not guaranteed. To learn more, you can visit the CSA's site –

Thanks in advance,
Ed Chamberlain, Ph.D.
University of Washington Tacoma