Queer Literature, Film, and Theory (PAMLA)

deadline for submissions: 
May 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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Queer Literature, Film, and Theory  

Refusing to define the boundaries of queer theory, Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner argued in 1995 that it “cannot be assimilated to a single discourse, let alone a propositional program.” In the years since, queer theory has, if anything, become more varied in its methods, its approaches, and its objects. What has persisted is a resistance to assimilation, and a refusal to be pinned down, delimited, or reduced to an abstraction.

This special session invites papers that engage with queerness in all its varied instantiations, with a particular welcome for those that think queerness as a theoretical, formal, or literary mode, as well as papers invested in intersectional thinking and/or queer of color critique. We also invite papers that address the special conference theme, “Acting, Roles, Stages,” by considering queer performance and performativity.

The 2018 PAMLA Conference is being held over the November 9-11 weekend, at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, Washington.

Proposals (including a brief abstract and a longer proposal of approximately 500 words) should be submitted online at http://www.pamla.org/node/add/proposal by May 30th. Questions, please contact Liz Blake (eablake@haverford.edu) directly.