Queering Language: Codes, Communities, and (Non)Conformity

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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This panel invites participants to consider how language is used in literature, film, music, video games, graphic novels, politics, and/or performance art to create, challenge, and codify queer identity.

From the queer codes used in the works of William Shakespeare, Margaret Cavendish, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Oscar Wilde, Willa Cather, and Langston Hughes to the confrontational language of ACT UP protests to the poetic portrayal of sexuality and gender identity in the works of post-Stonewall authors such as Leslie Feinberg, Reinaldo Arenas, André Aciman, Jeffrey Eugenides, Justin Torres, and Tommy Pico, how are words used to explore and create queer identities and cultures? How has the language of coming out narratives shifted over the years? How did Karl-Maria Kertbeny’s coining of the terms “homosexual” and “heterosexual” set the ground for other labels and linguistic markers of sexuality and community? How did the Kinsey Scale influence the cultural, medical, and political language used to discuss sexuality? How do acronyms (LGBT, LGBTQ, LBTQIA, LGBTQIA+) and organization names (Human Rights Campaign, Gays Against Guns, PFLAG, Sylvia Rivera Law Project) enhance and limit queer identity and activism?

Please email a 200-word abstract, CV, and A/V needs to hsierra@bowiestate.edu by May 31, 2019.