Queer Theory and Visual Cultures in Southeast Asia (Abstracts due October 1 2013)

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Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific
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Queer theory, criticism and cultural production continues to gain ground in Southeast Asia, from the seminal and on-going work of academics such as J. Neil C. Garcia and Peter A. Jackson to the 1st International Conference Of Asian Queer Studies in Bangkok during 2005; a book series titled Queer Asia launched by Hong Kong University Press in 2008; the work of the internationally celebrated Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul and any number of Asia-themed queer film festivals; a diverse selection of recent academic research and a degree of curatorial endeavor in contemporary art.

Within the developing influence of Queer Theory in Asia, as it has been elaborated in western academic contexts, certain issues require continuing critique. These issues include the fine-tuning of terminology as it can relate to indigenous understandings of same-sex desire and the relation of gender to sexuality; globalization, capitalism and queer empowerment; social mores and tolerance; political structures and religious belief; technology and community; and media stereotyping.

This edition of Intersections seeks papers that debate these and related issues through the idiom of the visual, with a particular interest in the agency of artists, including filmmakers. Engagements with the history of photography in the region are also encouraged. Following the broad question of how queer understandings are or can be written in regard to the region, topics might examine the visual representation of queer identities, queer spaces, queer conceptions of time and history, contemporary technology, the role of aesthetics for local ideologies and queer imaginings of the region itself.