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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"Queertopia! 2.0" Graduate Student Conference

Northwestern University and the Queer Pride Graduate Student Association has issued a call for papers for the “Queertopia! 2.0” Graduate Student Conference held May 2, 2009. Submission deadline: March 6, 2009.

"Queertopia! 2.0" Graduate Student Conference
An Academic Festival
(Re)Imagining Communit(ies)
May 2, 2009
Call For Papers
Queer Pride Graduate Student Association
Northwestern University
We invite graduate students and advanced undergrads in all
academic disciplines to present their original research at
Queertopia! 2.0 Graduate Student Conference to be held at
Center on Halsted on Saturday, May 2. While we welcome
submissions on all aspects of queer studies, we are
particularly interested in submissions related to this year's
theme of (Re)Imagining Communit(ies).
Queer scholars have long recognized that there is no single
gay community, but rather multiple overlapping communities
comprised of people with multiple identities. We want to move
beyond that, to interrogate how we can use our theoretical
knowledge to understand our communities and lived experiences.
Possible questions may include: In a shifting political
landscape that focuses less on a splintering of identity and
more on community, how does the queer community and identity
politics fit in? How do our multiple individual identities
affect our constructions of different communities in which we
claim membership? Once we've identified as queer, how do
redefine ourselves in other communities? How do social
constructions of sexuality affect our constructions of a queer
community? How are stereotypes used by others and by us to
define a queer community?
Proposed panels include, but are not limited to: bridging
academe and activism in queer studies; law, community, and
queer studies; and gender variance and political-economy in
the global south.
We invite paper abstracts of 500 words or less. In addition
to submitting abstracts of individual research, we also invite
students to submit proposals for panels. Interested parties
should submit a title for the panel, description of the panel,
abstracts of 4-5 papers to be presented, and contact
information for a panel moderator/respondent and all paper
Please send an abstract, along with your contact information
(name, university, email address, and phone number), to
queertopia.nu@gmail.com. We will begin reviewing abstracts as
submitted on a rolling basis, with a final submission deadline
of March 6, 2009. We will inform submitters of panel
placements by March 23, 2009. We may be able to offer travel
scholarships to presenters. Preference will be given to
presenters traveling farther and those who do not have access
to department, or other funds.