San Francisco State University’s Center for Camp Studies invites session and paper proposals for a conference on camp to be held October 28-29, 2006. The conference will begin a long overdue conversation on camp, bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. We hope this will open up the definition of camp to include atypical contexts, both culturally and historically. Since camp is famous for making unlikely and unsanctioned pairings, this conference will encourage, for example, putting together medievalists and drag queens, exploring the relationship between minstrelsy and rascuachismo, or imagining Mae West inviting the Beverly Hillbillies and Oscar Wilde to tea.
The Center welcomes papers that explore any topic related to the study, teaching, and performance of Camp. We are particularly interested in submissions that examine the aesthetics and political meanings of camp performance.
The deadline for proposals is Friday, June 23, 2006. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests. Subsequent a/v requests may not be honored. In order to streamline the committee review process, please submit abstracts for papers and proposals for sessions electronically at http://manycamps.sfsu.edu.
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