Papers on Interrelationship Between Queer and Peace Politics
CFP: Special LGBTQ Issue of Peace and Change: Journal of Peace Research
For the special LGBTQ issue of Peace and Change to be published in April or July 2005, we seek articles that will unhinge the politics of peace from their anchors in a heteronormative tradition of scholarship and research. Peace history and studies have recently implemented analyses of gender stemming from feminist perspectives to revisit and reinterpret the politics of security, bodies and war. Yet as a whole the field still lacks appropriate attention to the ways in which queer analyses and interrogations have the potential to alter the way people make sense of their social and political worlds including its conflicts and potentials for peace. We seek to address this void by organizing a volume of Peace and Change that will take as central the complexities of sexuality in relation to activism and nonviolence. In other words, just as we are calling on peace studies scholars to rethink the possibilities of research and writing by using the lens of queer theory, we are also asking scholars of sexuality/lgbt/queer studies to participate in ongoing debates regarding the politics of justice and peace.
How have the politics of AIDS, for example, complicated notions about peace, activism and political effectiveness? What would a comparative study of the effects, feasibility and privilege of ACT UP actions in different sectors of the United States and abroad offer? How have lgbtq activists absorbed or intervened in the politics of U.S. imperialism and global capitalism? What can be learned from the linkages between non-traditional crusaders (like lgbt activists) who take on seeming traditional crusades, i.e. anti-nuclear movements? What measures would be helpful to implement or create regarding the successes, failures and language of queer movement actions? What kinds of political projects have been carried forth and by whom in the name of lgbtq ³rights² and how have these played a role in conflict resolution?
What kinds correlations exist between the kinds of military use/ trafficking in female and male bodies in the name of ³peace² or ³justice²? It is our hope that these and other questions will tempt peace and lgbtq studies scholars to reconsider notions of security, individualism, responsibility and citizenship.
Please send completed papers or abstracts to both coeditors by February 1, 2004. Completed Essays will be due April, 15, 2004.
Co-editor, Peace and Change
Western Washington University
516 High ST.
Bellingham, WA 98225
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