Papers Invited for a Virtual Conference on Queer Ecologies

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Christ University

The Department of English and Cultural Studies, School of Arts and Humanities, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bannerghatta Road Campus, Bangalore, India, invites papers for a conference on Queer Ecologies on April 26, 2021.

Concept Note:

Based on the foundational theories established by ccofeminism, queer ecology is a field that explores intersectional theories as well as practices involving both queer studies and ecological discourses. The underlying idea of intersectionality here is that oppression takes place simultaneously at multiple levels, be it gender, sexuality, class, caste, religion, ethnicity, or species. The conference uses the term “ecologies” to encourage inclusivity and plurality of thought and action.

Since the Enlightenment, nature has been conceptualised as an essentialist category, on the basis of which racial and sexual identities have been constructed. The space of queer ecologies disruptively invites us to reimagine both the environment and our biology. When applied to our understanding of the ecosystems in which we live, the field of queer studies suggests that new, non-normative ways of defining and understanding ourselves and the universe are desperately needed. At a fundamental level, queer studies is about combating patriarchal ways of oppression by breaking down binary and essentialist ways of thinking: a process that may well be necessary to save our very lives, given the current environmental crisis. In this conference, we invite papers that explore books, media, cultural and political realities, and theoretical frameworks through the broad lens of contemporary posthumanist discourses, which locate “human animals” as a part of, rather than diametrically opposed to, “nonhuman” animals. 

We invite proposals for papers, products and documentaries that revolve around the discourses of gender, nature, ecologies and environmentalism, which will enlighten us and encourage us to further study issues that need critique, analysis and negotiation. 

Themes and sub-themes include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Ecofeminism and queer identity

  2. Marginalisation of indigenous populations

  3. Subjectivities of the non-human 

  4. Folklore and nature 

  5. Intersections between veganism, animal studies, and queer identities

  6. The interaction of the “digital” and “nature”

  7. Sexualities and their naturalness

  8. Sexual and ecological politics

  9. Gender and the environment in fanworks and fandom studies

  10. Masculinities and urbanizations

  11. Heterotopic alliances

  12. Intersectional pedagogies

 

Please send inquiries and abstracts of 250-300 words, along with a brief author bio (up to 200 words) to english.culturalstudies.bgr@conference.christuniversity.in.

 

Last date for abstract submissions: 1 April

Acceptance notification: 3 April

Papers due: 20 April

Conference date: 26 April