Staging Stonewall: Representing Queer Revolt

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Susan Gilmore, Central Connecticut State University
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Seeking abstracts for an approved panel at the NeMLA/Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in Washington, D.C., March 21-24, 2019.  Queries welcome! Proposals must be submitted online via the NeMLA site:, 

How have the Stonewall Riots, confrontations preceding them, and protests and demonstrations in their aftermath figured in the works of contemporary authors and artists? What does it mean to figure riot as artistic utterance, and how can we best read cultural works commemorating LGBTQ uprisings past and ongoing efforts to meet homophobic violence with gay resistance and liberation? How do diverse literary and cultural genres bring into relief rites of passage, conflicting stakes, and intersectional alliances within discrete episodes and ongoing forces of Queer revolt? With the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, this panel provides a timely opportunity to consider works by landmark chroniclers of Queer uprisings such as Leslie Feinberg and Edmund White as well as contemporary stagings such as Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall. Papers theorizing literary, artistic, cinematic/documentary, and other multimedia treatments of Stonewall and related uprisings (such as the Compton Cafeteria riots), their legacy, parades, demonstrations, and revolutionary Queer identity are all welcome.