CFP: [General] Queer Wales Panel. International Conference on Welsh Studies (

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Huw Osborne
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Papers are invited for a panel on "Queer Wales" at the International
Conference on Welsh Studies at the University of Toronto, July 31-August 2,

Masculinity has long been integral to the national identity of “The Land of
My Fathers.” In particular, the recent industrial past has depended upon
or upheld what gay author Rhys Davies described as an “oppressive
masculinity.” However, in recent years, we have become more aware of the
complexity of Welsh identities (national, European, racial, colonial,
economic, etc). This panel of the International Conference on Welsh
Studies examines the role of Queer identities in Welsh culture in the past
present and future: How have traditional definitions of “welshness” been
revised and resisted; what is the current face of Queer Wales; what will
the ongoing queering of Wales be like? This panel invites contributions
from all areas of interest. Possible topics include:

The history of gay activism in Wales
Gay Wales and the law
Writing gay Wales
Queer working-class masculinities
Welsh queers on stage and screen

Please submit by email paper titles, 250-300 word abstracts (for 15-20
minute papers), and 150 word bio-sketches to Huw Osborne (
by APRIL 1, 2008.

Huw Osborne
Department of English
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4

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