Call for Papers
The Uses of Queer Asia: Research, Methods and Diasporic Intellectuals
The University of Melbourne, 8 December 2002, Melbourne, Australia
AsiaPacifiQueer (APQ) is an on-going collaboration between scholars who are researching queer cultures and peoples in post-colonial societies of the Asia-Pacific. APQ1 ("Gender and Sexual Difference in the Asia/Pacific: Paradigms and Approaches") was held at the University of Technology Sydney in February 2001. APQ2 ("Media, Technology and Queer Cultures╣) was held the University of Queensland, Brisbane, in December 2001. APQ3 has been timed to follow on from the 2002 Cultural Studies of Australia Conference being held at the University of Melbourne from 5-7 December 2002 (http://www.english.unimelb.edu.au/events/csaa2002/csaa-2002.html). Those interested are welcome to attend both.
APQ3 will explore the utility of queer and Asian research in the academy and its impact upon the community. Queer and Asian research has varied uses, ranging from enabling intersections between disciplines and bringing to light social movement histories to exploring the politics of representation, the regulation and production of new Asian economies of desire, the globalisation of sex tourism and the emergence of the diasporic intellectual. We particularly encourage submissions from honours and postgraduate students. Papers from all academic disciplines are welcome, especially those speaking to these themes:
How can the relationship between researcher and researched culture best be conceived and practiced?
What is the relationship between queer academic research and the lived communities that are its object?
Does practising queer research entail particular responsibilities? Is there an ethics of queer research?
What does it mean, in today's world, to study "queer Asia/Pacific" from the perspective of "Australia"? What is the relationship between these two terms; how might they fit into or problematise the old dichotomy of "East" and "West"?
Please e-mail 250-word abstracts by 15 September 2002 to Fran Martin.
Audrey Yue (Cultural Studies, The University of Melbourne)
Fran Martin (Cinema Studies, La Trobe University),
Mark McLelland (Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland)
Alvin Koh (Cultural Studies, The University of Melbourne)
Further information about both conferences including registration details will be made available on the APQ website, and the Cultural Studies Association of Australia website: http://www.english.unimelb.edu.au/events/csaa2002/csaa-2002.html
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