2015 UNC Asheville Queer Studies Conference April 2-4, Asheville, NC; deadline Nov. 24

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“Navigating Normativities, Queering Institutions and Challenging Inequalities” UNC Asheville Queer Studies Conference

Call for Papers
2015 UNC Asheville Queer Studies Conference April 2-4, Asheville, NC
"Navigating Normativities, Queering Institutions and Challenging Inequalities"

Abstract Deadline Monday, November 24, 2014

The UNC Asheville Queer Studies Conference, a biennial event established in 1998, attracts an international audience of activists, academics, and artists who showcase a range of creative and scholarly pursuits related to the investigation of genders and sexualities. All GLBTQ-related proposals will be considered. We invite a diverse representation of approaches and participants, including faculty, staff, graduate students, community members and undergraduate students. All formats will be considered, including paper presentations (15 minutes), panels (60 to 75 minutes), workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, and performances. Paper presentations will be organized into groups of 3 to 4.

Elaborations on the theme Navigating Normativities might include:
• what gets lost with gained rights?
• queer gains and losses in the classroom, health care, military, and workplaces
• navigating legal, cultural, educational, professional or faith-based discourses
• navigating race, disability, ethnicity, class
• queering gender borders, identities, spaces
• navigating our queer bodies through straight spaces
• transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or intersexed action or voices
• queer activism: measured means and/or outcomes
• investigations of shame, privilege, home, space, reclamation
• queer youth/older adults: lived experience and activism
• queer representations, expressions and cultures in art, literature, craft, and performance

In addition, we are issuing a special call for papers, presentations or performances on the theme of Black Mountain College. Inquiries and submissions for this special theme should be sent to Dr. Brian Butler, bbutler@unca.edu.

Panel proposals, paper abstracts, and proposals for art exhibitions, workshops, film screenings and performances are due as a PDF or .doc file attachment no later than Monday, November 24, 2014.

Please email individual paper abstracts (up to 500 words), panel and workshop proposals (up to 700 words) and other proposals (up to 1000 words when appropriate include images, samples, or clips). All proposals should include a title for the presentation, panel or performance, type of format preferred, length of time preferred, audio/visual and accessibility needs as well as full names, email addresses and affiliations of all the authors. Send your completed abstract/proposal to: qsconf@unca.edu.

Registration: To register, please fill out and mail the registration form. All speakers must register for the conference. Registration (due February 23, 2015) is $100 for faculty/professional, $80 for graduate students/non-profit professionals, and $60 for undergraduate students/unemployed or underemployed. Late registration (after February 23rd) is $125 for faculty, $100 for graduate students, and $70 for undergraduate students (includes breakfasts and lunches). Daily community passes (to attend sessions) will be available at the conference ($20); the fee to attend only a keynote address will be $20.

Keynote Presenters
Kate Clinton - Thursday Evening, April 2

Urvashi Vaid - Friday Afternoon, April 3
For additional information, email questions to Lori Horvitz: lhorvitz@unca.edu, or Sophie Mills: smills@unca.edu

For more information: https://wgss.unca.edu/queer-studies-conference