Queer Conference at the College of Wooster

I would like to draw your attention to a queer conference that will be held at the College of Wooster from October 4-7, 2012.

“Global Queerness: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Human Rights in the 21st Century”

Cherrie Moraga will be giving our keynote address and we will have keynote performances by E. Patrick Johnson and Marga Gomez.Jimmy A. Noriega, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance at The College of Wooster, requested that I help circulate the call-for-papers among my faculty and students, as well as anyone else you feel may be interested in attending and/or presenting at our conference. All of the events are free and open to the public and we hope that you will consider joining us for the proceedings. If you need any assistance or would like additional information, do not hesitate to contact Jimmy Noriega at jnoriega@wooster.edu.

The conference website is: http://globalqueerness.voices.wooster.edu/

I am considering presenting a paper myself, and since some of you are in academia as well, I encourage you to submit a paper as well.

Call for Papers

We invite the submission of proposals for a scholarly conference to be held at the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio), from October 4-7, 2012. The interdisciplinary nature of this meeting will allow participants to engage with the themes of queer identity, belonging, race, gender, and human rights in an academic and social context. The conference will consist of a keynote address by Cherríe Moraga, keynote performances by E. Patrick Johnson and Marga Gomez, scholarly panels, roundtable discussions, a queer international film screening, a forum with queer athletes, and a celebration to end the gathering. An atmosphere of diversity and equality will engage all involved and promote acceptance and understanding between individuals of all backgrounds. With the growing number of LGBTQ students across U.S. campuses, we hope to use this conference as a way of putting the College of Wooster at the forefront of this important social dialogue.

This is a queer-focused conference designed for scholars, students, creative writers, human rights advocates, and performance artists to present and discuss their work and to exchange and encourage new ways of engaging with LGBTQ issues across disciplines and institutions.

Proposals from all disciplines are welcome. We are soliciting proposals that address topics including, but not limited to:

Queer theory and criticism
Queer images and media
Queer identities in global contexts
Queer theatre and performance
Queer health and wellbeing
Transgender identities and experiences
Queerness and the fine arts
Queerness and faith
Queer history
Queer literature
Queer issues in education
LGBTQ politics, law, and justice

Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a CV to aatay@wooster.edu andjnoriega@wooster.edu

Deadline: August 15, 2012.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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