Event May 05

Abstract Mar 01

#QueerAF: (Re)presenting Gender & Sexuality in History & Cultural Studies, 5th Annual Dean Hopper New Scholars Conference at Drew University

Event: 05/05/2017 - 05/06/2017
Abstract: 03/01/2017
Categories: Digital Humanities, Gender & Sexuality, Graduate Conference, Interdisciplinary, Anthropology/Sociology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, History, Philosophy, Popular Culture, Lingustics, Women's Studies
Location: Madison, NJ
Organization: Drew University

#QueerAF: (Re)presenting Gender & Sexuality in History & Cultural Studies
5th Annual Dean Hopper New Scholars Conference
Drew University
5-6 May 2017

“Queer” is such a simple, unassuming little word. Who ever could have guessed that we would come to saddle it with so much pretentious baggage–so many grandiose theories, political agendas, philosophical projects, apocalyptic meanings? A word that was once commonly understood to mean “strange,” “odd,” “unusual,” “abnormal,” or “sick,” and was routinely applied to lesbians and gay men as a term of abuse, now intimates possibilities so complex and rarified that entire volumes are devoted to spelling them out.” David Halperin

#QueerAF is a hashtag used on Twitter and Tumblr by trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, androgynous and gender fluid users to celebrate content that is unapologetically queer, or “queer as f**k.” The use of “AF” in the title of this conference indicates our interest in exploring the power of language to form community in a digital space through the assignation of #QueerAF. The invocation of slurs such as queer, dyke, homo, slut, bitch, and tranny degrades individuals, and those same words have been subsequently reclaimed, yet not without deep controversy. Establishing a conference that is “#QueerAF” represents our resistance to societal politeness by participating in the reclamation of “queer” and disrupting the heteronormative discourse that terms certain behaviors and bodies dangerous or degenerate.

The conference theme draws on multiple disciplines and perspectives on gender and sexuality, inviting challenges to the heteronormative, cisgender, patriarchal discourse of history. Proposals are invited for papers on any aspect of Gender & Sexuality across all time periods and geographical locations. In particular, this conference will be centering around three major themes: Historical & Cultural studies, Linguistics & Theory, and Activism & Media.

Areas include but are not limited to the topics below:

Historical & Cultural Studies:

  • Empire, colonialism and gender
  • Gender, Sexuality and the politics of Health Care & Psychiatry
  • Sex work
  • Holocaust & Gender
  • Intersectional feminism
  • Subaltern reading communities & Book History
  • Representations of “queer” and gendered “other” in literature and fanzine culture
  • Representations of queer and gendered other in underground music culture
  • Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Video Games
  • Diversity and Harassment in Video Game Culture
  • Gender and Online Abuse
  • Representations of queerness in film and media (Transparent, The New Normal)
  • Explorations of the horror genre and the “monstrous queer” (Hannibal, Penny Dreadful)
  • Reclaiming of queer figures “hidden from history”

Linguistics & Theory:

  • Gender as performance; queer as performance
  • Theoretical challenges to Foucauldian readings and post-structuralism
  • Heterosexism of Theory (Freud, Lacan, etc.)
  • The Gendered Body & Disability Studies
  • Sexology (Hirschfeld, Carpenter, Krafft-Ebbing, Ellis)
  • Radical Feminisms and the “queering” of language and theory
  • Reclaiming and reappropriation of slurs (Queer, dyke, slut, gay, feminist, bitch, tranny)
  • Misgendering as an act of violence

Activism & Media

  • Social Media Activism
  • Queerness and citizenship
  • Radical Gendered Activism, Fourth Wave Feminism, Riot Grrrl
  • Remembrance & Curating Queer History (Stonewall, national monuments, museums, archives)
  • Gender, Sexual Identity & the Law in the United States
  • Global/Transnational social movements, LGBTQ & Gender-based Human Rights
  • AIDS, Race and Gender

Deadline for Submissions is 1 March 2017.

Paper proposals should be 300 words in length and accompanied by a 1 page CV and a brief (100 word) biography. Both individual and panel submissions will be accepted. Individual papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length. For full panel proposals, please submit all descriptions and biographies as a single submission.

Submissions should be submitted via the online form at https://depts.drew.edu/grad/deanhopper/call.html or emailed directly to hopper@drew.edu Please include any AV needs in your submission.



Contact Email: hopper@drew.edu

Website: https://sites.google.com/drew.edu/deanhopperconference