CFP: Global Queeries: Sexualities, Globalities, Postcolonialities (9/1/05; 5/11/06-5/13/06)

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Global Queeries
Sexualities, Globalities, Postcolonialities

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada
May 11-13, 2006

Call for papers/projects:

Sexuality and globalization are currently pressing sites of scholarly and
creative inquiry. The crisis of AIDS in Africa, the complicated relations
between the local and the global, between decolonization and sexual
liberation struggles - these represent some key areas of interconnectedness.
The organizers of the conference encourage a diversity of political,
theoretical, cultural, and practical responses to these areas of critical
inquiry. Key questions we hope to address include: Where and how do queer,
postcolonial, and anti-racist representations, theories, and practices
intersect and diverge? How is heteronormativity implicated in the history of
imperialism and colonization, as well as in current neoliberal and global
practices? How are sexuality and desire imagined and queered across global
spaces? Alternatively, how do sexualities destabilize or resist economic and
political structures of globalization? How do lesbian and gay liberation
struggles travel theoretically and politically across the globe?

The conference will include a range of presentation formats: panels and
individual presentations; research workshops on specific themes or topics;
performances, readings, screenings, and exhibits; and round table
discussions. Our primary interest is in generating spaces for dialogue and
connections across geo-political contexts, and we welcome submissions and
suggestions for these and other formats.

Possible topics may include:

Sexualities, Nationalisms, Citizenship
Queer Diasporas
Queer Places, Spaces, and Geographies
Queering Urban, Suburban, and Rural Identities
Race- and Sexuality-based Activism and Coalition-Building
Queering Race, Gender, and Ethnicity
Intersections of Queer, Feminist, and Critical Race Theory
Queering Academic Disciplines and Inter-disciplinarity
Sexuality and Colonial Histories, Practices, and Epistemologies
Sexuality, Aboriginality, and Decolonization
Indigenizing the Queer; Queering the Indigenous
Local Archives, Histories, and Testimonials of Homosexuality
Local/Global Queer Cultural Practices
International Policies, Pharmaceuticals, and Global AIDS
Queering Science and Medicine
Sexuality, Human Rights, and Foreign Aid
Queering Sex Work and Pornography
Censorship and Border Crossings
Religious Fundamentalisms, Sexualities, and Violence
Homophobia, Violence, Backlash and Blame
Hegemonic Practices of Heteronormativity
Normalizing Discourses of Gay, Lesbian, Queer, and Alternative Sexualities
Queering Representation: Literary, Media, and Cultural Studies of

Please send an abstract or project description and a brief biography to by September 1, 2005.

Enquiries can be addressed to the Organizing Committee at or you can visit our website at

Organizing Committee: Margaret DeRosia (Film), Julia Emberley (English),
Chris Gittings (Film), Susan Knabe (Women's Studies), Prabhjot Parmar
(English), Wendy Pearson (English/Film), Jessica Schagerl (English), Kristen
Warder (English)

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