Deadline for submission of paper proposals:
15. January, 2009
(Note: The submission deadline for paper proposals has been extended for this session)
The organising commitee for The III Queer Studies Easter Symposium to be held for the third time in Mexico City between the 9 and 14 of April 2009 is seeking further panelists for a special session/ „sub-conference“ dedicated to „Feeling queerly: Homonormativity and the Politics of Queer Affect“ that will take place during the conference.
This session will explore how does ‘queerness’ feel? And how does this feeling of queerness travel, transform itself, and sediment in bodies, places, and movements? This panel rearticulates recent interdisciplinary research on affect through the lens of queer of color critique to explore how, locally specific LGBT practices enable or destabilize the emergence of a (trans)national queer “structure of feeling” (Williams) that imagines subjects as bound—however momentarily—within a wide range of affective networks extending beyond the politico-discursive.
By looking simultaneously to the movement of queer affects and to affect as political movement, we ask how affective similarities and disparities are conveyed and felt across geographic, political, racial, or affinal boundaries, all the while interrogating the limits and preconditions of entry into these translocal communities of queer feeling.
The current papers in the session call into question how a politics of queer affect produces feeling as the ontology by which we have come to exist as queer beings (we are queer because we feel queer). Drawing upon recent critiques of homonormative neoliberalism, we argue that queer structures of feeling not only fail to maintain their coherence in the diverse material sites in and through which queer bodies, practices, and ideologies are created, experienced, and given name, but in fact, globalized queer affect may be mobilized as a technology for the policing of ‘perverse’ practices, ‘abnormal’ identity constellations, and ‘deviant’ political and sexual desires.
We welcome submissions from all branches of the social sciences, humanities, as well as the arts. Graduate students are encouraged to participate. Papers will be considered on related themes and topics from a wide range of perspectives. Presenters are encouraged to interpret the themes of this session broadly and innovatively.
500 word abstracts should be submitted as e-mail attachments to the organising committee in English, Castilian, German or French by 15. January, 2009. The conference languages will be English and Castilian.
Interpretations of the conference theme ranging from the predictable to the surprising are encouraged.
More information about the conference and the different special sessions and sub-conferences during the event is available on the conference homepage:
Please forward this CFP to any colleagues or friends who might be interested in participating in this panel.
Centro Cultural Enkidu
Calle Ezequiel Montes #37, int. 2
06030 Mexico D.F.
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