From Selma to Stonewall: Intersectional Identities and LGBT Activism

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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From Selma to Stonewall: Intersectional Identities and LGBT Activism

Queer theory underscores the importance and history of intersectional identities in the LGBT movement as it pertains to race, gender, religion, class, immigration, disability, etc. We are looking for dynamic presenters who will offer case studies analyzing how outsider and mainstream art as well as grassroots and establishment political activism interrogates and employs intersectional identities to advance LGBT rights.

Presentations can offer assessments of activist organizations from the perspectives of political science studies or explore how literature, film, and music have been inspired by and incorporate LGBT activist organizations into their rhetoric – such as the Broadway shows RENT and The Normal Heart, Madonna’s safe-sex activism during her Blonde Ambition tour, Lady Gaga’s work with the HRC and asking her “Little Monsters” to call their elected representatives, or the various documentaries about ACT UP.

Please send a 250-word abstract, A/V requirements, and a one-page CV to by May 31, 2018.

The 90th Annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference will be held November 2-14, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama. Upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and university faculty are encouraged to participate. Registration information can be found here: Competetive travel fund grants are available for graduate students.