CfP: The Pasts and Futures of Queer German Studies

Friday, July 19, 2019

University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Organizers: Dr. Kyle Frackman and Dr. Ervin Malakaj
Dates: April 24–26, 2020

This symposium seeks to build on this exciting and extensive archive of scholarship on queer German studies by bringing together researchers at different stages of their academic careers and from different institutions to share their current research. While dedicated to contemporary approaches to queer German studies, the symposium additionally aims to facilitate discussion about the disciplinary history of queer German studies. Which developments shaped contemporary queer German studies and what futures lie ahead of it? 

Contributions can address, but are not limited to:

  • the history of queer German studies (e.g., past approaches, canon interrogation)
  • intersectional apporaches to queer German studies (e.g., queer Black German studies, queer disability studies)
  • theoretical considerations (e.g., continuities and discontinuities in queer theory)
  • backlash and controversy (e.g., Beißreflexe)
  • transnational inquiry and comparative queer studies models 

Proposals will be accepted for 20-minute presentations. Please send abstracts outlining your proposed contribution (300–400 words) and bios (200–300 words) to both Dr. Kyle Frackman (kyle.frackman@ubc.ca) and Dr. Ervin Malakaj (ervin.malakaj@ubc.ca) by October 1, 2019. Inquiries welcome. 

The symposium will take place on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, on traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. In order to facilitate attendance, the organizers are seeking out funding for this conference, which will cover travel and lodging pending successful application. In addition, the organizers welcome proposals for virtual contributions in the form of video conferencing and will make adequate arrangements for presenters in this regard.

For more information please visit the symposim website.

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