Q-Topia: Queer Futurism in Theory and Literature

deadline for submissions: 
June 9, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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As queer theory continues to evolve and utopian studies dusts itself off from its relative dormancy until the late twentieth century, the two strands of thought have grabbed ahold of one another in hopes to uncover just what “The Future” might mean to those identifying as queer. This panel seeks papers wishing to join the vibrant conversation of the relationship between queerness and utopianism.  Is queerness inherently utopic? Is the future inherently queer? How might queer individuals enact utopic desires? Can we find moments of the queerly utopic and utopicly queer in canonical and non-canonical literature? What can the conversation between Lee Edelman’s No Future and the late José Esteban Muñoz’s Cruising Utopia teach us about thinking towards a queer future? By June 9th, please submit a 200-word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Dan Abitz, Georgia State University, dabitz1@gsu.edu.