CFP: 2006 ASECS Gay & Lesbian Caucus (9/16/05; ASECS, 3/30/06-4/2/06)

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CFP: 2006 ASECS Gay & Lesbian Caucus (Montreal)

The Gay & Lesbian Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is proposing two panels for
the upcoming meeting in Montreal, March 30 to April 2, 2006.

(1) "In And Out Around The Academy" (Roundtable)
This panel seeks personal narratives and reflections on job experiences which will generate discussion of the
practical issues of professional life for our constituency.

Possible topics might include:
* Strategies for coping -- maybe even flourishing -- as queers in the profession.
* Homophobia in the department or administration.
* Queer-exile at small institutions far outside urban centers.
* Advantages and, perhaps, pitfalls of using queerness to establish professional networks.
* Being straight in queer studies.
* Straight eye for the queer guy and gal: pressures to pass.

Papers might raise questions such as:
* How vulnerable are we before tenure? After?
* Do our CVs out us?
* Should we out ourselves in interviews?
* How does our sexuality inform our teaching and our scholarship?
* Are we ghettoized, are we tokens, or does that matter?
* Are we no longer fashionable? Is queer studies passé?

2) "New Queer Methods and Texts"
In the field of queer and sexuality studies in the eighteenth century, we all follow in the wake of Foucault, but it
can no longer be assumed that we are arguing with him, whether for or against. This panel seeks submissions
that propose, develop or otherwise utilize new theoretical frameworks, methodologies, or strategies to read for
queerness before the invention of the homosexual.

We seek:
* Alternate constructions and intersections of same-sex desires and/or identities.
* Ambiguities in familiar texts, artifacts and accounts that can be exploited.
* New texts which require surprising sexual re-orientations.
* Historically sensitive elaborations as well as productive anachronisms.
* Investigations into unexpected discourses -- not only juridical, medical and aesthetic discourses need be the
sites in which we locate queer possibilities.
* Proposals that our CFP cannot anticipate.

Email proposals as MSWord attachments (or in the body of the email) to panel co-organizers Derrick Miller
( and Aurora Wolfgang ( by Friday, September 16, 2005. For general
information on the ASECS meeting, see the conference website at

Aurora Wolfgang
Professor of French and
Coordinator of Women's Studies
CSU San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

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