Parameters of Desire: Between the Public and the Private (A Civic Education Project Conference)
Bielsko-Biala (Poland), 8-11 June 2003
The "Parameters of Desire" conference will try to trace the complex circuits of (queer) desire, with special emphasis on the dialectic of public and private spaces. Not only do we intend to problematize the very definition of "the public" versus "the private," but also to investigate the ways in which "public" and "private" spaces influence the production of desire, as well as the ways in which (queer) desire can become a tool in political, social or cultural contestation.
We would like to concentrate on such issues as:
claiming the public space / defending the private space
public space and the heterosexual norm
language and the heterosexual norm
public performance of gender
the aesthetics of camp
forms and strategies of public participation
The proposed conference will be fourth in a series of queer and gender studies conferences that have been organized since 2000. A selection of papers from the past two conferences (A Queer Mixture: Gender Perspectives on Minority Sexual Identites) was published in September 2002.
Abstracts of approximately 300 words (in Polish or English) should be sent by e-mail or snail mail to the address below.
Deadline for submissions is 30 April 2003.
Dr Tomasz Sikora, University of Bielsko-Biala
Dr Dominika Ferens, University of Wroclaw
Dr Tomasz Basiuk, University of Warsaw
Bielsko-Biala is located in the south of the Silesian Province, close to the borders with the Czech Republic and Slovakia, 80 km south-west of Cracow. Thanks to an excellent location at the foot of the Beskidy Mountains, it is a major tourist centre combining natural and cultural attractions. Train travel from Warsaw takes ca. 3.5 hours (from Katowice or Cracow about one hour).
Dept. of English Literatures and Cultures
University of Bielsko-Biala
ul. Piastowska 44
43-300 Bielsko-Biala Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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