"The Cinema, the Closet, and the Consumer: What Ever Happened to the 'Material' Queer?"
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
March 31-April 3, 2005
One of the blatant, if oft-unremarked casualties of the Bush-Blair era is the re-closeting of the queer. As if patriotism and heterosexuality went hand in hand (...), Anglo-American film critics have retreated to the closet, blithely desisting from seeing or writing the queer, while television revels in stereotypes. This panel seeks to recover the passed over passing subject of queerness. Where have all the "material" gays and lesbians gone, and why? The panel invites papers on gender/class/sexuality performance and passing. We encourage papers which locate and examine those queer theoretical and cinematic/performative absences, obfuscations, and dissimulations which have come, ironically, to facilitate the (re)absenting of queers and queer studies in contemporary film/media culture and scholarship. We especially welcome papers that attend to the political, economic, social, and historical registers of queer-critical and queer-cultural analysis.
SPONSORED BY THE SCMS QUEER CAUCUS
Please send 350-word abstracts by August 15, 2004 to one of the addresses below.
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