Queer Studies Easter Symposium
30 April – 3 May, 2012 Mexico City
Conference Languages: English and Castilian
Deadline for submission of paper proposals: 20. March 2012
The International Society for Cultural History and Cultural Studies (CHiCS), AIDSinCULTURE.org and Enkidu Magazine invite the global community to a vibrant and exciting multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual and multi-cultural Queer Studies Easter Symposium in Mexico City in spring, 2012.
The Symposium aims at exploring recent developments in theory and method in Queer studies as well as the broad themes of sexual diversities through time and space, gender constructions, sex-gender subjectivities, and sexual identity constructions from a wide and diverse range of perspectives.
The conference has this year a very broad, interdisciplinary scope and papers addressing virtually all cultural, social and artistic expressions and constructions of genders and sexualities from a wide range of perspectives will be considered. Wide and diverse interpretations of the conference theme ranging from the predictable to the surprising are encouraged.
More than 400 scholars from more than 35 countries have participated in previous editions of the Symposium and the conference. The event promises to be equally diverse, multi-cultural and multi-lingual in 2012.
Last year, the Symposium filled up very quickly and sadly a number of very exiting papers could not be accommodated in the program on time. Early submission is therefore suggested.
The program will be organized in a large number of special thematic sessions and sub-conferences covering a highly diverse series of topics. Of particular interest are contributions that explore Queerness and Border crossing from a wide range of different perspectives as well as representations and social constructions of sexual diversities through time and space.
Possible themes and topics might include:
- Colonisation of the body and the mind
- Representations of indigenous sexualities in colonial and postcolonial discourse
- Silence and subtext
- Historical representations of alternative sexualities
- The historiography of homosexualities and sexual identity formations
- Sexualities in transition
- The role of culture in gender identity and sexual identity formations
Papers are welcomed on virtually all related topics and themes, independently of time, period and geographical focus. Also papers of comparative phenomena will be considered.
Interdisciplinary perspectives are especially appreciated since all these topics in themselves stretch across several disciplines: history, cultural studies, literary studies, linguistics, psychology, political sciences, pedagogy, ethnology, anthropology, sociology…
The conference aims at bringing together academics working in all relevant disciplines as well as activists, artists and other professionals, and promoting innovative multidisciplinary and multicultural exchange and dialogue. Graduate and postgraduate students are encouraged to attend and present papers.
CHICS’ academic conferences are characterized by traditional paper presentations in panel sessions with three speakers each, followed by lively exchange, dialogue and interaction between speakers and audience in many small groups, workshops and seminars rather than by formal plenary sessions. Our conferences provide a forum for diverse voices from all over the world, to come together and make connections across linguistic, cultural and academic barriers.
The conference sessions will be conducted in Spanish and English. Some sessions will be bilingual and conducted in both languages with interpreters. Other sessions will have simultaneous translations. Many sessions will be conducted with interpreters for sign language (on request).
* Paper and panel proposals
500 word abstracts should be submitted to the organising committee in English, Castilian, Nahuatl, German or French. The languages for presentation will be English and Castilian.
Papers should be of approximately 20 – 30 minutes duration (circa 8 – 10 pages). Other forms of presentation, for instance workshops, panel debates and poster sessions will be considered on request. Typically, a panel of academic papers includes 3 (maximum 4) speakers and 1 moderator (session chair). Each session will last for 2 hours allowing for 30 minutes for each speaker and a further 30 minutes for questions and discussion.
* Proposals for panel sessions
Proposers should submit:
(1) Session title and a session intro (ca 100 words),
(2) Paper titles,
(3) Abstracts for each paper (500 words),
(4) Short biography for each participant and the panel chair (ca 100-150 words),
(5) Institutional affiliation and address for each participant,
(6) Audio-visual and other technical requirements.
It is recommended to use the form here: http://www.enkidumagazine.com/chics/queerstudies/registration_form_qs.htm , when submitting a presentation proposal.
However, abstracts will also be accepted as e-mail attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you would like to propose a panel session, and want assistance in finding speakers and/or a session chair, we can publish a call for papers for your panel session on the conference web site and distribute it in our newsletter. If you have an idea for a thematic panel session and would like us to publish a call for papers on the conference website, please send us a proposal by e-mail to email@example.com
* Proposals for individual papers
Abstracts are to be submitted, along with the presenter’s name, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation. It is recommended to use the form here: http://www.enkidumagazine.com/chics/queerstudies/registration_form_qs.htm, when submitting an abstract. However, abstracts will also be accepted as e-mail attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All correspondence for this conference will be conducted via email. You will be notified by e-mail whether your proposal has been accepted or rejected.
We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted within few days. If you do not receive a reply from us within a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to resend your abstract and resubmit your registration form, and if possible, suggest an alternative e-mail address. In particular delegates using hotmail or yahoo accounts to receive conference related e-mails often experience problems receiving conference information by e-mail.
E-mails from the conference organisers are often delivered to your spam folder and not to your inbox, unless you remember to add the following e-mail addresses: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe-list. The first address is the general e-mail address of Enkidu Magazine and will be used to send conference newsletters and general information about the conference. The second, is the e-mail address of the academic coordinator of the conference and will be used for individual communication with delegates.
* EXHIBITORS, PUBLISHERS AND ARTISTS:
Artists are welcome to suggest exhibitions and displays of art during the conference.
Organisations, universities and publishers are welcome to sign up for information stands at the conference center.
The following information is required by artists, publishers and other exhibitors during the conference:
1) Technical Description of the information stand or artwork with indications of technical requirements for their presentation, the size and extension of the individual artworks to be presented.
2) Estimated Insurance value of the artworks
3) One image of a representative sample of artistic work from the exhibitions can be sent by e-mail to the conference organizers in the format tiff or jpg.
4) Curriculum Vitae of artist (or organisation).
5) Description of Exhibition (300 – 500 words).
6) Short bio of artist (or organisation).
* CULTURAL AND SOCIAL PRE-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES
Before the formal academic sessions of conference, we will organise a number of cultural and social activities for conference delegates and we hope that many international delegates will consider arriving in Mexico City some days before the conference and participate in these activities.
In addition conference delegates with name badges will be given discounts and sometimes free access to various theatre plays, concerts, film screenings and other events before and during the conference. The final program for the cultural and social pre-conference activities will be published on the conference web site and will be announced also in the conference newsletter, which will be distributed by e-mail before the conference.