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Radical Negativity: Interrogating productive possibilities for negative states of being

Friday 13 June 2014
Goldsmiths, University of London
Conference Keynote: Lisa Blackman, Professor in Media and Communications, Goldsmiths

Supported by the Centre for Feminist Research, Department of Media and Communications, and the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths.

Website: http://radicalnegativity.com

Proposals are due by Friday 14 February 2014

More recent feminist and queer scholarship has begun to productively address the dark aspects of human subjectivity perceived to have a detrimental impact on the self-constituting practices of the positive self, such as shame, trauma, unhappiness, loss, pain, and melancholia, and reconceptualise them not only as integral to the process of subject formation, but critical and productive affective states in which to engage political action.

This interdisciplinary conference addresses the ways in which feminist and queer research may be informed by embracing philosophical oppositions, the ‘negative double’ of the positive value. The conference will interrogate what can be learned from interventions focused on the interconnections between the negative and human agency, and how such a frame can inform ideas of feminist and queer practice.

Borrowing from Eve Sedgwick, this conference proposes that forms of the negative are “not distinctly ‘toxic’ parts of a group or individual identity that can be excised; they are instead integral to and residual in the processes by which identity itself is formed. They are available for the work of metamorphosis, reframing, refiguration, transfiguration, affective and symbolic loading and deformation (Sedgwick and Frank, 2003, p.63).”

If, like Sedgwick, we take up this challenge to valorise negative states of being as key conditions both for the production of meaning and being and as organising principles of identity, then we hope explorations into such states may provide the potential to open up new possibilities for politics and connection.

We invite papers and panel proposals that explore how negative states and conditions of being such as unhappiness, irresponsibility, passivity, vulnerability, failure, shame, hesitancy, pain, dispossession, rage, madness and depression may provide loci from which action and political engagement can arise.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit paper abstracts of 300-500 words along with a short biography of 100 words.

Panel proposals should include a 300-word description along with accompanying paper abstracts for the panel of 300-500 words. Please provide a short 100-word biography for each presenter.

Email submissions to: radicalnegativity@gmail.com by Friday 14 February 2014.

Technologies of Sex & Gender Unconference: Queer Theories and Subjects
 
GLBT Studies International Communication Association Preconference

MAY 22, 2014 – SEATTLE

This ICA preconference brings together scholars, activists, and artists working on gender, sexuality, communication, media, and technology to examine, debate, and plan new projects, including:

• Investigating how the strategies activists and artists have developed in this field can transform academic research practice, as well as how academics can contribute to activist and artistic technology projects
• Providing an interdisciplinary environment in which LGBT, queer, and gender-nonconforming technology scholars, activists, and artists can network with each other, learn about current work in these fields, forge partnerships, and develop new collaborative projects
• Creating applications, games, and art that explore, celebrate, or undermine sexualized and gendered subjectivities.
• Researching how LGBT, queer, and gender nonconforming populations employ technologies in specific historical and cultural contexts (particularly by looking at the intersections of gender, race, nationality, class, and sexuality in these contexts)
• Discussing how queer, transgender, and feminist theories can be brought to bear on technology research, and how these fields can and must transform each other in the process
• Exploring how queer, transgender, and feminist theories can be integrated into technology design practice
• Ascertaining how scholars have used and can use technologies to study sexual- and gender-nonconforming communities, including their own
 

The preconference’s goal is to provoke encounters that would set in motion future collaborations and networks among artists, activists, and scholars. It utilizes the “unconference” format, in which participants, rather than organizers, decide on the agenda from among their own submitted proposals. This allows for more intensive interaction, higher-level conversations, and a more engaged, productive experience than traditional academic conferences.

 
Proposals due JAN. 20, 2013. For info, see http://icaglbt.wordpress.com or contact ica.glbt@gmail.com

Sponsors: Dept Communication University of Washington, School of Media and Communication at Temple University,  The Stranger, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW-Bothell, Greater Seattle Business Assoc., Co-sponsoring ICA Divisions/Interest Groups: Feminist Scholarship, Popular Communication, Ethnicity and Race in Communication, Global Communication and Social Change, Communication History,  Game Studies.  

CALL FOR PAPERS
 
International Conference “Gender in focus: (new) trends in media”
June 20-21, 2014
University of Minho (Braga, Portugal)
The Communication and Society Research Centre invites you to submit a proposal for a paper, panel or poster presentation to the upcoming International Conference “Gender in focus: (new) trends in media”.
Over the last decades, a considerable amount of research has been conducted on the relationship of gender with communication. However, new insights are still needed, especially those that explore the interrelations and negotiations between media and gender through the use of interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches.
This event aims to serve as a forum to discuss ideas, experiences and research results on gender and media, bringing together social sciences researchers, NGOs representatives and media professionals.
Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Femininities and/or Masculinities Representations in Media
• Gender and Media Trends
• Gender, Media and Public Sphere
• Gender, Advertising and Consumer Culture
• Gender, Audience and Reception Studies
• Gender, Digital Culture and Communication
• Gender, Media Institutions and Communication Policies
• Media and Feminist Theory
• Media Social Networks and Identities
• Media, Gender and Democracy
• Media, Gender and Human rights
• Media, Gender and Intercultural Communication
• Media, Gender and Sexualities
• New Media and Feminist Movements
• Intersectionality and Media
Please submit an abstract for oral paper or poster up to 300 words and a brief authors biography of about 150 words. Panel proposals should consist of a rationale of the panel (300 words), abstracts for individual presenters (150 words each), name of panel chair(s) and a brief authors biography of about 150 words.
Proposals should be submitted through the EasyChair system (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gf2014), mentioning name, academic affiliation and contacts. The deadline is February 15, 2014 and the notification of paper, panel or poster acceptance will be no later than March 15, 2014.
The official language of the conference is English.
For more information, please contact us:
Communication and Society Research Centre
Social Sciences Institute
University of Minho
Gualtar Campus
4710-057 Braga – Portugal

22nd Annual Women & Society Conference – 2013

October 25 & 26, 2013


Marist College, Poughkeepsie New York

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Proposals and abstracts are being solicited for the 2013 Women & Society Conference. This feminist conference is interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary, covering all aspects of women & gender being studied in the academy. The conference mentors and models feminist inquiry/scholarship for undergraduate students, so joint faculty/student papers and excellent student papers are also considered. Undergraduates may attend at no cost.

Keynote Speaker: Kate Bornstein

Kate Bornstein will be delivering the keynote address on Friday, October 25th.

A celebrated pioneer for the LGBTIQ community, Kate is an author, playwright and performance artist whose latest book is “Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives To Suicide For Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws.” Other published works include the books “Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us”; “My Gender Workbook”; and the cyber-romance-action novel, “Nearly Roadkill,” with co-author Caitlin Sullivan. Kate’s plays and performance pieces include Strangers in Paradox, Hidden: A Gender, The Opposite Sex Is Neither, Virtually Yours, y2kate: gender virus 2000.

Kate’s books are taught in over 120 colleges and universities around the world; and she has performed her work live on college campuses, and in theaters and performance spaces across the USA, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria. She is currently touring colleges, youth conferences and high schools, speaking and leading workshops on the subjects of sex, gender, and alternatives to teen suicide.

Please send your 250 word abstract with a brief bio by July 15, 2013.  Papers, workshops, roundtables and panels are welcome; please include abstracts and bios for all participants, with one contact person. Please include all contact information–including home and e-mail addresses for summer correspondence to:

Women & Society Conference c/o Shannon Roper
School of Communication & the Arts
Lowell Thomas 219
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

OR submit online.

For more information email: womenandsocietyconference@marist.edu

The Department of Linguistics at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg is pleased to announce a conference to be held on 15-16 November 2013. Entitled “Discourse, Gender, and Sexuality: South-South Dialogues”, the conference aims to bring together scholars from diverse fields of knowledge as well as geographical regions who are interested in showcasing work on any aspect of the relationship between discourse, gender and sexuality in the global South.

Possible thematic areas may include, but are not limited to:

•       Gender, sexuality, and the body
•       Gender, sexuality and disabilities
•       Identity and desire
•       Gender, sexuality and power
•       Intersections of gender, sexuality, class, race and age
•       Gender, sexuality and poverty
•       Gender, sexuality and the media
•       Gender, sexuality and violence
•       Gender, sexuality and multilingualism
•       Gender, sexuality and space/place
•       Gender, sexuality and social theory

Plenary speakers
Sibonile Ellece (University of Botswana)
 Michelle Maria Lazar (National University of Singapore)
 Ana Cristina Ostermann (UNISINOS, Brazil)

Abstract submission
The abstract should be written in English and not exceed 300 words.
Deadline for submissions of abstracts: the abstract should be submitted no later than 15 April to dgswits2013@gmail.com

Conference fees
There are no conference fees. Lunches and coffee breaks are offered by the conference organizers.

Student bursaries
Three bursaries covering travel and accommodation costs are made available to post-graduate students. In order to apply for the bursary, send an email to tommaso.milani@wits.ac.za with a proof of registration for a university degree, a letter of motivation and a letter of support.

(Sent by Mehita I.)

EUPOP 2013 – PCA Europe Annual Conference

University of Turku

31 July – 2 August 2013

Strand: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture

CFP Deadline: 25 March 2013
Individual paper and panel contributions are invited for a special thematic strand on gender and sexuality in popular culture at the second yearly international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), organised with the Popular Culture Association Finland (PCA-Finland) and the International Institute for Popular Culture, IIPC.

We invite papers exploring any aspect of gender and sexuality in any form of European popular culture, including but not limited to:

  • Queerness in popular culture
  • Transgenderism in popular culture
  • Sexualisation in popular media
  • The body in popular culture
  • Historical approaches to popular gender and sexuality
  • Masculinity in popular culture
  • European sex media
  • Sex education in popular culture
  • Sexuality, gender and technology
  • Representations of gender, sexuality and health in popular culture
  • Religious approaches to gender and sexuality
  • Gender, sexuality and race/ethnicity
  • Sexuality on the internet
  • Feminism in/and popular culture
  • Gender, sexuality and language
  • Gender, sexuality and power

The closing date for this call is 25 March 2013. Please submit 250 word paper or panel proposals to: amy.burge@york.ac.uk or c.jenkins@bathspa.ac.uk .

There will be opportunities for networking, publishing and developing caucus groups within the EPCA. Presenters at EUPOP 2013 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including the Journal of European Popular Culture, the journal of the EPCA. Journal editors will be working closely with strand convenors – a full list of Intellect journals is available at: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/index/. General enquiries about the conference should be directed to: kakallio@utu.fi