Geologies of Sex: Gender, Sexuality, and Historicity in Cross-Theoretical Contexts, 24-25 March 2017

deadline for submissions: 
January 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Angela Balla and Chad Thomas/ Department of English Graduate Student Conference, University of Alabama in Huntsville
contact email: 

DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Millennial of cultural and scholarly interest in the human body as a site of desires and appetites, pleasures and pains, as well as gendered subjectivities have informed the histories of sex and sexuality across disciplines, including art, history, literary studies, medicine, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.  The shifting influence of various attempts to understand human sexualities—Galenic, Freudian, feminist, queer theory, etc.—have enabled us to think about the evolution of sex, whether a seismic shift from the one-sex to two-sex model, which Thomas Laqueur argued occurred in the eighteenth century, or the translocating boundaries between sexes and genders made possible by ongoing waves of feminist criticism, or even the ways in which gender identities (and associated sexualities) are being interrogated by popular culture in the present (Orange is the New Black, Transparent, I Am Cait).  Even further shaping these developments are the kinds of histories (and even historicities) that arise with any investigation of the formation and expression of sexual identities.

 

Given the increasing—and increasingly sophisticated—scholarly purview of human sexualities and their relation to genders, our conference seeks to examine the ways in which these forms and modes of embodiment get historicized and/or theorized, as well as responses to these forms and modes.  We are thus interested in papers that challenge the margins of the boundaries between sex and gender, and/or that reclassify the strata of historical and theoretical narratives drawn from these boundaries.  We especially welcome papers from graduate students that scrutinize more unfamiliar disciplinary or cross-disciplinary terrain or that probe more familiar terrain using newer or unusual methodologies, though we also are interested in projects that interrogate literature, culture, and history through more traditional critical means.

 

We invite any and all graduate students to submit papers that may focus on a variety of topics under the purview of sex, sexuality, and gender subjectivities, including (but not limited to):

Comics/graphic novels

Critical race theory

Cultural studies

Feminism

Film and television

Gender and sexuality studies

Genre studies

History

Literary studies (any historical period or geographic focus)

Pedagogy

Performance studies

Philosophy

Postcolonial studies

Psychoanalytic criticism

Queer theory and/or studies

Religious studies

Science and medicine

Science and technology

Science Fiction

Utopia/Dystopia studies

Visual arts and art history

 

Graduate Students are invited to submit a paper proposal (250-300 words) and a c.v. to Professor Chad Thomas (cat0009@uah.edu) by January 30, 2017.  Accepted presenters will be notified shortly thereafter