QUEERING PRIDE: LGBT Identities and Affects on the Global Stage
Northwestern University’s Queer Pride Graduate Student Association invites individual papers, complete panels, organized roundtables, and workshops for its sixth annual graduate student academic festival, Queertopia! which includes our evening showcase, Queergasm! A Cabaret. We are happy to announce that Naisargi Dave, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and author of Queer Activism in India: A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics (2012), will be our keynote speaker.
Queering Pride, the title of this symposium, suggests that this notion of Pride is not always a “queer” project and can be co-opted by state, capitalist, or patriarchal entities; but by interrogating this concept through critical and localized research, we can ask if and how Pride can still be deployed toward ethical and transformative ends. We are inviting presentations from artists, activists, and academics across the disciplines that discuss the contested, generative, and contradictory practice of staging LGBT identities. We encourage presenters to consider the sensory detail, public emotions, and political economy of Pride.
Pride is spreading. From modest festivals in small Latin American towns to continent-wide celebrations in Europe, communities come together to empower and bring visibility to their LGBT populations. But Pride is fiercely contested. As Martin Manalansan reminds us, to uphold the NYC Stonewall Riots of 1969 as the inception of a global gay rights movement propagates a singular model of globalization, human rights activism, and social change. The proliferation of Pride events across the world may stoke some scholars’ disdain of “global gay” identities, but examination of the material, on-the-ground textures of Pride events in various cities potentially demonstrates how visibility politics and capitulation to gay capitalism are translated and subverted.
Pride has also become a political terrain on which other identitarian politics play out. Israel’s bid to host WorldPride has invited critiques about Pinkwashing. The U.S. embassy in Pakistan was chastised for hosting a Pride event. Performance protests during Johannesburg Pride 2012 called attention to class and funding inequalities faced by Black lesbians and transgender people. The rescinding of Chelsea Bradley Manning’s invitation to marshal the San Francisco Pride Parade signals growing homonational sentiments. Pride in major cities in the U.S. feature alternative manifestations of Black and Latin@ Pride, Dyke Marches, and Transgender festivals. Pride has even incited Shame Parades that question whether “pride” is in fact a universalizing affect around which LGBT people can rally.
Possible points of interrogation include, but are not limited to:
queer feelings * gay capitalism * the NGO industrial complex * legislation and logisitics * judy garland * flags and flagging * homonationalism * pinkwashing * visibility politics * parades, marches, demonstrations, protests * national pride vis a vis queer pride * lesbian/bi/trans/poz/POC-erasure * appropriation of other movements’ rhetorics * globalization of pride * non-Western & non-white gender and sexual identity formations * occupying public space * outside the city * movement and movements * moral policing * queer-and transphobic violence and its aftermaths * queer criminality * solidarities * hybridization, translation, accenting, disidentification, mimicry * reimagining stonewall
Please submit the relevant information (see below) with a 75-word bio and contact information for each presenter to NUQPGSA@gmail.com by January 31, 2014 with the subject QUEERTOPIA and specify any A/V needs or other requests. Panel chairs / discussants will be secured by conference organizers.
For individual presentations (up to 20 minutes): 250-word abstract, and 100-word abbreviated abstract for conference program.
For panels (3 presenters, 20 minutes each): 100-word panel abstract, 250-word individual abstracts for each presenter, and 100-word abbreviated abstracts for each presenter for conference program.
For roundtables / workshops (up to 1.5 hours total): 250-word abstracts, and 100-word abbreviated abstract for conference program.
Conference registration is free for presenters, meals are offered throughout the conference, and modest travel stipends will be provided for presenters traveling further than 60 miles to the conference. Queertopia! is made possible by the generous support of the departments of African-American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Asian Studies, Art History, and History; the program in African Studies; Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities; Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
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