Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism invites writers, performers, critics, and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers.
What is or might be Trans Literature? Transsexual, two spirit, genderqueer and transgender literatures? What are or might be trans genres, narratives, figures, poetics? What makes writing trans? Recent anthologies such as The Collection and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, last spring’s Trans Poetics Symposium in Tucson, conversations on the pages of Lambda Literary, and on numerous academic panels on trans literatures, all attest to a dramatic increase in the visibility of trans writing, and what’s more, to a new urgency in thinking through the question of how trans writing is read.
Inspired by conferences such as Women and Words / Les femmes et les mots and anthologies like This Bridge Called My Back, this conference aims to develop critical lenses for reading trans literatures. One needn’t be an academic to do intellectual work, and writers, readers and community members can and do engage critically without being situated within the university. This call for proposals is an invitation to writers, performers, critics, scholars, activists and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers, on two spirit, trans, and genderqueer terms.
Proposals for papers and panels, as well as for workshops and performances for the conference cabaret, are welcome. Papers should be suitable for presentation in 15 minutes; panels proposed should include between 3 and 5 participants; workshops may be proposed for either 1 or 2 hour blocks. Performance proposals should indicate whether they are suited to presentation within a group reading or within the conference cabaret.
The deadline to submit a proposal is March 1, 2014. You will be informed of the status of your proposal on March 20, 2014. For the full call visit: writingtransgenres.com
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