Thinking the Unbearability of Gender

deadline for submissions: 
January 9, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Ryan Kendall, Emory University
contact email: 

 

This is a call for papers to be submitted for a two-part panel on gender and unbearability for the upcoming 2017 Virginia Humanities Conference “The Unbearable Humanities”, hosted by Shenandoah University, April 7-8. http://vahumanitiesconference.org

This panel invites papers committed to thinking about the relationship(s) between the unbearable—that which cannot be endured or tolerated—and gender. It asks: How might thinking about the relationship(s) between unbearability and gender re-imagine theories of gender, the social, and/or politics? How can thinking unbearability and gender together speak to a politics of living and/or being? In what ways can gender be experienced as unbearable and/or can unbearability be experienced as gendered? And finally, what can an account of unbearability bring to bear on gender politics and/or gendered imaginaries, and vice versa?

This panel is invested in a discussion across the humanities. It welcomes an array of analytic frameworks, such as psychoanalytic studies, race studies, sexuality studies, queer studies, literary studies, etc. This panel is invested in bringing about different inter/disciplinary perspectives to issues of gender and unbearability.

Please see our Google Form for submission of abstracts (250 words).  Please submit by January 9th, 2017, as the final panel must be submitted by January 15th. https://goo.gl/forms/QD5xGYiq0PIY9Dib2

Current Panelists include:

Ryan Kendall, PhD Student, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University.

Samia Vasa, PhD Student, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University.

Haylee Harrell, PhD Student, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University.