Call for Papers – Debilitating Queerness

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by Lauren Gutterman

The Sixth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium

University of Maryland, College Park

Friday, April 5, 2013

Deadline for submission of materials: February 8, 2013

DC Queer Studies invites proposals for presentations at DEBILITATING QUEERNESS, the 6th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the University of Maryland. The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations in critical queer, gender, and disability studies focused on the recent turn toward questions of bodily capacity, debility, disability, precarity, and populations. Events will include paper sessions featuring faculty and graduate students. There will also be a buffet lunch and evening reception. The day will culminate with a keynote address by Jasbir Puar, associate professor of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University. Puar is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times and of articles in Gender, Place, and Culture; Social Text; Radical History Review; Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography; and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She has edited or co-edited special issues of GLQ, Social Text, and Society and Space.

In recognition of the multifaceted influence of disability theory on queer studies scholarship, we invite papers that explore the matrix formed by queerness and disability. We also encourage proposals that address any of the following (or related) points of contact with this year’s theme::

• Queering categories: reconsidering what is sexy and sexualizable; meanings and possibilities of bodily capacity and debility; defining norms of mental and physical disability

• Medicine, science, and impairment: uneasy collaborations and tensions between the social and the scientific; disease, infection, containment; surviving homophobia in disability services; medicalization, institutionalization, and treatment of queer and disabled bodies

• Negotiating embodiments: sex, desire, lust, and erotica; passing, pride, and in/visibility; unsettling and re-writing sexual and bodily identities; how bodies, pleasures, and identities are represented as “normal” or as abject

• Revolutions/resistances: sexual identities in ableist and heteronormative culture; compulsory heterosexuality and able-bodiedness; actions and activism; public policy impacts on queer and disabled bodies

Proposals for 15-minute presentations should include name, affiliation, e-mail address, title of paper, a 250-word abstract, and a 1-2 page CV. Please send materials by e-mail attachment (Word or PDF only) by February 8, 2013 to Put “Submission for Debilitating Queerness” in the subject line of your message. For more information, contact JV Sapinoso at Selected participants will be notified by March 4, 2013.

DC Queer Studies is a group of faculty from schools in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area formed in 2006 to discuss new works in the field and to exchange, support, and cultivate new ways of engaging with LGBT/Queer/Sexuality Studies across the disciplines and across institutions. The DC Queer Studies Symposium is hosted and sponsored by the University of Maryland and co-sponsored by American University, Georgetown University, and the George Washington University. See for details. All symposium events are free and open to the public.

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