This proposed panel sets out to explore subjects who perform their lived body, as a modality of queer theory, on the level of the everyday. As opposed to certain strands within queer theory that remain abstract, and thus disembodied, a close examination of lived subjects will be explored, and an articulation of how one has, or does, enact “queerness” will be foregrounded.
Questions to be asked: By whom, and how, is queer theory being enacted through the body? What queer practices existed in the past that are now being enacted in the present? Further, it is hoped that as opposed to being prescriptive and articulating “how to be queer,” the panelists will gesture toward “living queerly” as an on-going process, which, it is hoped, will open up queer theory as a practice of enacting queerness through the body.
Submissions from the all fields are welcomed. 250-word proposal due June 20, 2008.
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