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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 or contact

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.  



Queer theory fought the marriage equality movement and lost. What comes next will require scholars to come out of their journals and into the streets. by Claire Potter.

“These examples underline the point that social movements need theory, but theory needs a social movement, and queer theory in particular needs to address its movement future. Attaching itself to neocolonial and antiracist struggles is one crucial route, but that route is also fraught with contradictions that cannot be resolved if activist queers are unwilling to privilege homophobia as destructive to a truly radical vision or to imagine building a broad-based social movement that puts activists in communities that are now being claimed by a liberal gay and lesbian establishment.”

A public lecture by Prof Jack Halberstam:

Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal

August 21st 18:00-20:00
Graduate Seminar Room, Southwest Engineering, East Campus

Book cover for "Gaga Feminism" by Jack Halberstam of USC Dornsife

“My book Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) made
the claim that the “existing conditions” under which the building blocks of human identity
were imagined and cemented in the last century—what we call gender, sex, race and
class—have changed so radically that new life can be glimpsed ahead. Our task is […] as
Nietzsche suggests … to impose upon the categorical chaos and crisis that surrounds us
only “as much regularity and form as our practical needs require.” The goal here is to
learn how to read contemporary shifts in the meaning of sexuality and gender as
indicative of other shifts and changes in the culture at large.”

Jack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender
Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California.
Halberstam’s most prolific publications include Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and
the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP,
1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure
(Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal
(Beacon Press, 2012).

Call for Papers: Special issue of the journal Assuming Gender – ‘Queer and There’

Assuming Gender would like to invite submissions to our forthcoming special issue: ‘Queer and There’. In this issue we aim to explore contemporary queer theory and its practical and theoretical horizons. We welcome submissions which engage with ‘queer texts’, but also those which apply perspectives gained from queer theory to perhaps unexpected texts, objects or fields. We would also welcome more theoretically-focussed articles, including those which posit challenges to aspects of the field.

In respect to the title, ‘Queer and There’, we particularly welcome submissions that take queer approaches to, or locate the queer in new and unexpected places.

Proposals are welcome from any academic discipline, and can cover any historical period. We particularly welcome inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches.

For submission guidelines, more details, and a list of suggested topics, please see

Deadline: Monday, 2 September 2013.

Submissions and enquiries should be sent to issue co-editors David Andrew Griffiths and Kat Deerfield at



Queer and Subjugated Knowledges: Generating Subversive Imaginaries makes an invaluable contribution to Gender and Sexuality studies, engaging with queer theory to reconceptualize everyday interactions. The scholars in this book respond to J. Halberstam’s call to engage in alternative imaginings to reconceptualize forms of being, the production of knowledge, and envisage a world with different sites for justice and injustice. The recent work of cultural theorist, Judith Halberstam, makes new investments in the notion of the counter-hegemonic, the subversive and the alternative. For Halberstam, the alternative resides in a creative engagement with subjugated histories, an ecstatic investment in the subcultural and a defiant refusal of a dominant model of theory. Working across Rhetoric and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Performance Studies, Television and Media Studies, Animation, Sociology, History, Social Policy, Childhood Studies, Education, and Cultural Geography, this unique interdisciplinary text aimed at academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students provides challenging new frameworks for generating knowledge.



Acknowledgment of the cover artist: Kate Hansen

Chapter 1. Introduction
Kerry H. Robinson and Cristyn Davies

Chapter 2: Losing Hope, Finding Nemo And Dreaming Of Alternatives
Judith Jack Halberstam

Chapter 3. Imaging Otherwise: Performance Art As Queer Time And Space
Cristyn Davies

Response: The Queer Space Of The Freak Show

Elizabeth Stephens

Chapter 4. Lesbian Mothers, Two-Headed Monsters And Televisual Machine
Kellie Burns

Response: Pregnating As In Cheating, Fucking, Lying…This Is The Way We Live

Katrina Schlunke

Chapter 5. Grid Failure: Metaphors Of Subcultural Time And Space
Robert Payne

Response: In Praise Of Shallow Viewing

Melissa Jane Hardie       

Chapter 6. Childhood As A ‘Queer Time And Space’: Alternative Imaging Of Normative Markers Of Gendered Lives
Kerry H. Robinson

Response: Heteronormativity, Childhood And Invisibilized Consumption

Sue Saltmarsh

Chapter 7. Reanimating Adulthood
Kate Crawford

Response: Animated Becoming

Peter Bansel

Chapter 8: Queering High School At Summer Heights
Susanne Gannon

Response: Summer Heights High: Queer Time and Queer Place in Australian High Schools

Bronwyn Davies

Chapter 9. Gay Intimacy, Yaoi And The Ethics Of Care
Aleardo Zanghellini

Response: Yamete, O-Shiri Ga Itai!

Kane Race


Click Here to view the website for this Ebook.

Last year, a Queer Theory Reading Group was formed at UCT and held a few meetings. They recently moved to Observatory. Here’s what they’re about and how to get in touch with them:


Our reading group meets fortnightly and reads queer theory with a focus on theory emerging from the South, although we also read foundational texts (Butler, Rubin, etc.) We’ll decide on a reading for the evening soon. 

We share an interest in radically interrogating the intersections of oppression and privilege, marginalisation and inclusion, in order to challenge heteronormativity, patriarchy and white supremacy. We come from various disciplines and include undergrads, postgrads and non-students. The reading group is open to anyone who shares our values and is committed to reading the texts we explore each week. If you’re interested in joining, drop the bolo’bolo collective a mail at