Queer Subjects and the Contemporary United States
A one-day colloquium hosted
by the School of
Art, Media, and American Studies
5th August 2017 9am-6pm
University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, U.K.
Keynote: Sam McBean (Queen Mary, University of London)
Recent upheaval from the Trump administration’s policy-making in the United States has seen the lives of queer subjects radically altered. This has included numerous executive orders that seek to curtail the power and agency of certain groups based on race, disability, gender, and sexuality particularly. Such identity distinctions are being made through an increasingly nationalist, and therefore heteronormative, lens which lends itself to the supremacy of ideals that support hegemonic cultural discourse.
This one-day colloquium aims to highlight queer subjectivities in the contemporary context of the United States, and seeks to uncover modes of resistance and ways in which the queer subject can lay claim to public and private spaces within both the nation-state and its outward global effects. We invite considerations, especially interdisciplinary, from the fields of American Studies, Literary Studies, Queer Theory, Memory Studies and
Critical Race Theory among many others.
Possible topics include, but are not limited, to:
– Im/migration and Human Rights of Queer Subjects
– Jasbir K. Puar’s concept of Homonationalism
– Un-wilful Detainment and Incarceration
– Borders of Identity, State, Nation, (Non-) Citizens
– Conceptualizations of Sexuality as deviant or threatening
– LGBTQI* Subjectivities
– Corporeality and Queerness – Witnessing and the Power of Representation
– Transculturalism and Global Queerness/Sexualities
– Queer Conceptions of Memory (Personal, Collective, Cultural)
Abstracts of 300 words and a short bio are due by 15th May 2017. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selected papers will be considered for an edited volume after the event.