The Influence of RuPaul and Her Girls on Culture and Gender

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Lindsay Bryde/ Northeast Modern Language Association
contact email: 

RuPaul’s Drag Race has steadily increased its audience share and jumpstarted the careers of dozens of drag performers. It’s not simply a contest to be declared “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” but a platform for each queen to shape their brand, promote different forms drag, and start conversations on a number of cultural questions (i.e. gender, race, and identity). This panel seeks paper that considers how the show has educated audiences on drag, beauty, race, and gender through its successes and failures.

The conference is through the Northeast Modern Language Association and will take place March 21-24th, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Submissions are due: September 30, 2018

NeMLA uses a user-based system to process abstract submissions. Interested scholars should submit 250-word abstracts to Lindsay Bryde through the NeMLA website using the link below:

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