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Deadline Extension: New Normals, Old Normals, Future Normals (Bodies of Knowledge Symposium
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CFP: New Normals, Old Normals, Future Normals
The 6th Bodies of Knowledge Symposium is scheduled to take place at University of South Carolina Upstate on April 10-11, 2014. This LGBTQ symposium brings cutting edge theory about gender and sexuality into the region through a dynamic array of keynote speakers, as well as a conference to showcase presentations from undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and community members throughout the U.S. southeast on topics related to LGBTQ lives and culture. The event will kick off on Thursday afternoon with a performance by Leigh Hendrix of “How to a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less” and a talk by Thomas McBee on being “Trans, but Not Like You Think.” Friday will include plenary lectures by Dr. David Halperin (author of How to Be Gay and co-founder of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies), Dr. Mignon Moore (author of “Lipstick or Timberlands?: Meanings of Gender Presentation in Black Lesbian Communities”), and Dr. Bernadette Barton (author of Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays).
This year, as many of our speakers and performers are focusing on various ways of being LGBTQ, we are taking up the broad topic of LGBTQ cultural morés. In a historical moment that defines “gay,” “lesbian,” and “trans” according to highly assimilative models, we hope to document, analyze, and disrupt this too-easy cultural knowingness about what it means to be, become, advocate for, recognize, or represent any element of “the” LGBTQ community (as if there is one unified community), as well as the various identities included in, compelled by, or excluded from that community. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
Please send 200-word abstracts to Dr. Lisa Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Feb. 1, 2014. Notification of acceptance will be made by Feb. 10, 2014. For information about past symposia, visit us at http://www.uscupstate.edu/bodiesofknowledge (information about the upcoming symposium will be posted there in January).