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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

CFP: "The Non-State of Queer Theory"

SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR Brown University's Graduate Symposium "The Non-State of Queer Theory" to be held on Thursday April 11th, 2013. The Symposium seeks to keep in tension both the generative and nonproductive aspects of imagining a "non-state" of queer theory. Submission Deadline: February 8, 2013.

Graduate Symposium
Location: Brown University, Providence, RI
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Keynote Speaker:
José E. Muñoz
Professor of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.
In his 1995 conference address, "Queer Theory: Unstating Desire," Lee
Edelman proposed that "To inquire into the state of queer studies--as
if it had a state and all of us happened to live in that state
together--is to presuppose a fantasy...that the very fact of a
conference like this should serve, instead, to disrupt."
This Brown Graduate Student Symposium, "The Non-State of Queer
Theory," seeks to keep in tension both the generative and
nonproductive aspects of imagining a "non-state" of queer theory.
What is the "non-state" of queer theory now? Over a decade after
Edelman's call for rupture, queer of color critique, diasporic and
trans-national perspectives and affect and performance studies have
upended the seemingly static relationships between race and sexuality,
feeling and being, queerness and space. We would like to invite
projects that participate in these disruptions.
Proposals can include paper presentations and/or media projects.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, explorations of the following:
- Queer of Color Critique
- Queer Feminisms and Sexualities
- Queer Performance
- Queer Sexual Historiography
- Queer Genealogies
- Queer Sexuality and Eroticism in film, art, literature, music,
television, gaming, or digital/online technologies
- Queerness in Popular Culture
- Queer Icons
- Queer Bodies and Aesthetics
- Queer Labors and Sex Work
- Queer Sexual Undergrounds
- Pornography, Erotica, or Obscenity
- Neoliberalism and Queer Sexuality
- Queer Cartographies and Space
- Queerness and Class
- Queer(ing) Social Movements
Submission Guidelines:
Proposal Deadline: February 8, 2013.
For individual 15-minute presentations, please submit an abstract of
250 words to browngradsymposium@gmail.com by January 15, 2013. Include
a 2-3 sentence biographical statement that includes your institutional
affiliation and research interests. For complete panels, please submit
a 100-word proposal along with three (3) paper abstracts with
biographical statements for each panelist. Please note any
technology/multimedia services needs.
This event is sponsored by the Department of American Studies, the
Department of English, the LGBTQ Center, the Department of Modern
Culture and Media, the Pembroke Center, and the Department of Theatre
Arts and Performance Studies.