CFP: International Conference on "Bodies of Knowledge" (Australia) (11/15/06; 4/26/07-4/28/07)

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Call for Papers-International Conference

Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality in the Archive
April 26-28, 2007

Sponsored by

Centre for the History of European Discourses
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Alice Domurat Dreger
Catherine Waldby
Elizabeth Kerekere
Rosemarie Garland-Thompson
Susan Stryker

and others to be announced

The turn to new theories and practices of the archive in critical
theory, cultural studies, queer theory, philosophy, sociology and
associated disciplines has had important repercussions for scholars
working on histories and philosophies of the body. This international
conference will examine the impact of innovative recent work on archives
and archival practice for sexuality studies, gender studies and
queer/GLBT studies. The conference aims to interrogate how knowledge
about the body is collected and held, as well as how it is produced.
Drawing together scholars from a broad range of inter-disciplinary
fields, it will highlight scholarship about bodies, genders and
sexuality that is empirically grounded, document based, historically
inflected, theoretically informed and self-conscious of its relationship
to archival practice.

By calling attention to the relationship between "knowledge of bodies"
and "bodies of knowledge," the conference also intends to showcase
sexuality-related work in the archives, library and information sciences
fields. We are particularly interested in work that examines sexual
knowledges retrieved from state archives; community-based archives that
preserve forms of sexual knowledge not valued by the state; distribution
of and access to sexual knowledge on the Internet and World-Wide Web;
and work that understands both body and mind as metaphorical "archives"
that hold knowledge of sexuality.

We invite proposals for papers of 20-25 minutes (10-12 pages) in length
addressing these or related issues. Possible topics include:

Sexuality and the state
Archival counter-practice
Community memory and the body
Queer archival practice
Sexual knowledge on the net
Digital and electronic archives
Biotechnologies and data collection
Embodied knowledges
Psychosomatic archives
The body as archive
Memorialisation and the body
Methods of representing bodies within archives

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to both:

Elizabeth Stephens: <>
Susan Stryker: <>

Deadline for abstracts is 1 November 2006.=20

Notification of acceptance by 15 November 2006.

For further information, please contact the conference organisers, or
see the conference website at

Elizabeth Stephens
Research Fellow
Centre for the History of European Discourses
University of Queensland Australia 4072

Phone: 61 7 3346 9493
Fax: 61 7 3346 9495

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