cfp: 1st Queer Studies Conference

1st International CCCU Queer Studies Conference:
«Queering Paradigms»
Canterbury Christ Church University, U.K.
27-28 February 2009

Key note speaker:
Robert Mills (King’s College, London): Adventures in the Queer Museum

The aim of this
conference is to look at the status quo and the challenges in the future of
Queer Studies from a broad multi-, trans-disciplinary and polythetic angle.

Participants will present papers and panels from the whole spectrum of academia.

Queer Studies:
The definition for ‘queer’ adopted for this purpose is not restricted to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender), but holistic along the lines of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s definition in her essay «Queer and Now»: «That’s one of the things that ‘queer’ can refer to: the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when constituent elements of anyone’s gender, of anyone’s sexuality aren’t made (or can’t be made) to signify monolithically.»
In contemporary Western society, we can approach ‘queerness’ as querying, contrasting, challenging and transforming hetero-normativity.

Papers and Panel proposals are invited on any area and aspect of Queer Studies.

The proposals will undergo a peer-review process; the Proceedings of this conference will be prepared for peer-reviewed publication with a major Academic Press.

Proposal abstract deadline: 1. September 2008
Deadline for completed papers: 2 January 2009

Proposals for individual papers should take the form of abstracts of
not more than 400 words; panel proposals should include both a panel rationale and paper abstracts.

All proposals should be sent by email before
September, 1st 2008 to
Dr Burkhard Scherer (Theology & RS, CCCU); burkhard.scherer@canterbury.ac.uk

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