CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Queer Mobilty, Queer Citizenship

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Abigail Boggs

3rd Annual UC Davis Queer Studies Graduate Symposium
“Queer Mobility, Queer Citizenship”
University of California, Davis
May 29, 2009

Recent queer scholarship reflects an investment in studies of
transnationalism and a concern with questions of mobility and citizenship.
Scholarship within the growing field of transnational queer studies, as
exemplified in works such as Social Text’s 2005 special issue “What’s Queer
about Queer Studies Now” and GLQ’s 2008 special issue “Queer/Migrations,”
investigates the imbrications of gender and sexuality with racial,
national, and diasporic formations; circuits of travel, migration, and
displacement; and immigration, asylum, and citizenship policies. To
interrogate discourses of sexuality, desire, and political change within
the current phase of globalization, transnational queer studies requires
attention to the ways in which constructions of sexuality are linked to the
movements of bodies, ideas, and capital as well as to local, regional, and
global systems of inclusion and exclusion. This conference emerges at a
moment in which technologies of war and information simultaneously
transcend and reinscribe modern boundaries of time and space. Therefore, we
invite conversations around how queer modes of mobility and citizenship may
be at once complicit with and disruptive of the temporal, spatial, and
affective logics of nation-states, economic formations, and liberal

What does the study of mobility and citizenship offer queer scholarship?
Who is denied or granted access to various forms of mobility? How is that
access/denial contingent upon and constitutive of one’s citizenship status?
When and how are non-normative genders and non-reproductive desires in
synchrony with the state and when do they expose the fissures,
inconsistencies, and ambivalences of the state? Is queerness compatible
with the pursuit of liberal citizenship and is queer citizenship possible?
How does a focus on mobility and citizenship further demonstrate the
necessity of interrogating the racial, class, and gendered formations
inherent in discourses of sexuality? How can considerations of different
scales of mobility and forms of embodiment bring together studies of
sexuality, dis/ability, and citizenship? How are metaphors of mobility
(coming out, “fluid” identities, access) central to queerness? What are the
links between citizenship and in/voluntary modes of travel, im/migration,
and displacement? How is the production of modern citizen-subjects
embedded in histories of colonialism, war, and empire-making, and what is
particular about the role of mobility in the construction of queer
subjectivities? How does queer fail or succeed as a transnational and
translatable concept, identity or politic?

We invite scholarship from a broad range of disciplines, especially
interdisciplinary work in queer theory and transgender theory. We
especially encourage work that critically engages mutually constitutive
articulations of race, class, sexuality, ability, gender, citizenship,
religion, and nationality. Papers engaging activism and community
organizing are also encouraged. For information on past symposium please

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
-Histories of queerness mobility and citizenship
-Gay/lesbian tourism and travel
-Immigration and asylum law
-Technology / digital and virtual spaces
-"Global Gay" / the gay international
-Embodiment/Disability Studies
-Queerness and mobile capital
-Border crossing and borderlands
-Violence, war, and the State
-Local and regional belonging
-Temporal mobility, temporal belonging
-Affective and cultural citizenship
-Homonormativity, neoliberalism and mobile citizenship

Please send 250-500 word abstracts with a CV to by
March 15, 2009.

Along with this abstract, please indicate if your presentation requires any
AV equipment.
Acceptances will be sent out by March 29, 2009.

For more information, email Abigail Boggs and Cynthia Degnan at

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