Intersections: An Inaugural Black Queer Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Conference

With Keynote Speaker Professor Kara Keeling

Location: Princeton University
Date: October 20, 2012
Abstract Submission Deadline: August 31, 2012

This conference seeks to create a public forum for dialogue on innovative research across disciplines and fields that interrogate the intersections between blackness and queerness. Against an abjuring history, we ask: how might we understand the relationship between blackness and queerness if we first reject the premise of their mutual exclusivity? How might transit between blackness and queerness open up new pathways of thought to engage thinking concerned with a host of issues ranging from agency to temporality to phenomenology to resistance?  Are we in a post-black or post-queer moment and if so, how might a reinterrogation of both blackness and queerness reanimate supposedly deadened modes of inquiry?

We invite papers that engage blackness and queerness in all their richness, as both material negotiations that limn and give possibility to actual bodies
and as metaphysics that operate in excess of the very bodies they help give name and shape. Our theme, “Intersections,” follows from Patrick Johnson and Mae
G. Henderson’s introduction to the seminal anthology Black Queer Studies, where they express their desires for black queer studies to marry the protest energies of black protest traditions to the radical interrogative traditions of queer theory. Our theme, purposefully broad, aims to include a range of disciplines including but not limited to, history, sociology, literary and cultural studies, black studies, queer studies, media studies, and art history.

We especially seek scholarship from disciplines where a lacuna exists with regard to queer experiences and/or those of people of African descent.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

·      Interrogations of same-sex desire in artistic production
·      Queerness in the African diaspora
·      Histories of black queer communities in the Americas and Africa
·      Studies of conflicts between racial and sexual communities/individuals
·      Imbrication/ conflicts between racial and sexual identities

Professor Kara Keeling of the University of Southern California will deliver the keynote address for this one-day conference. The conference will feature 16 presentations of original scholarship. Submission and acceptance to this conference will be based on blind reviews of 250-300 word abstracts. Please
submit your abstracts and CV by August 31, 2012. All other inquiries should be directed to Brittney
Edmonds ( or Jennifer D. Jones (<jdjones>).



The 5th Christina Conference on Gender Studies: Feminist Thought–Politics of Concepts
University of Helsinki / 23-25 May, 2013

The 5th Christina Conference on Gender Studies focuses on the role of concepts in feminist thought. Concepts are crucial in all research, and also often deeply political, as feminist scholarship creates and circulates conceptual innovations which transform social realities transnationally.  Concepts such as ”gender” and ”queer” have already showed their transformational power. A plethora of others contest realitites, but are also prone to creating conficts and politics of its own within feminist thought: just consider ”equality,” ”sexual difference,” ”representation,”  ”sex work,” ”transgender,” ”social construction,” ”materiality,” ”affect,”  ”masculinity,” ”body,” ”performativity,” or ”intersectionality.” The choice of concepts in research is always a political choice, and it also takes part in the politics of concepts within feminist scholarship.

We invite feminist scholars of all disciplines to present papers in which they discuss conceptual choices and the role of concepts in their work. Papers can be theoretical studies or studies which highlight the role of concepts in empirical work, as well as case studies of particular concepts. Areas of interest in this conference includefeminist studies of culture; feminist theory and philosophy; feminist studies of politics and law; queer studies;, study of race, class and nation; postcolonial research;  intersectionality; and transdiciplinarity. Do particular sets of concepts, such as those of psychoanalysis, Deleuzian theory, postmodern thought, or Marxist theory guarantee good analysis? Do these vocabularies  exclude and fight each other, and how do entirely new concepts come about? Which concepts work in your thought and writing? Why would you defend the use of a particular concept and refuse another one? How do concepts work: alone or in opposition with each other? The conference takes on the task of politiziging feminist scholarship by exploring the conflict of concepts withing the field of feminist scholarship.

The Organizing Committee invites abstracts for individual 20-minute presentations. Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief biography (max. 100 words) via the electronic form.

The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2012.

Submitters will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of the abstract by 1 February 2013. All accepted abstracts will be published on the conference website.

Print the Call for papers (pdf)

For more information contact us at



Alien Bodies: Race, Space, and Sex in the African Diaspora

The African-American Studies Collective
contact email:

Emory University, Atlanta, GA
February 8-9, 2013

Was it why I sometimes felt as weary of America as if I too had landed in what was now South Carolina in 1526 or in Jamestown in 1619? Was it the tug of all the lost mothers and orphaned children? Or was it that each generation felt anew the yoke of a damaged life and the distress of being a native stranger, an eternal alien?
–Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother

We are not the same. I am an alien.
–Lil’ Wayne, “Phone Home”

Born out of a desire to articulate the position of Black bodies in the Americas as well as the African Diaspora writ large, “Alien Bodies: Race, Space, and Sex in the African Diaspora” continues conversations initiated among members of the African American Studies Collective at Emory University. Of particular concern are the ways in which the African Diaspora–as climactic environments, biological/zoological/botanical/geographical subjectivities, or colonized economies–has been made alien from within as well as without, and the ways that the major discursive trajectories of race, space, and sex have contributed to this mapping. The conference explores such questions as: how do we begin to understand the ways in which race, space, and sex configure “the alien” within spaces allegedly “beyond” markers of difference? What are some ways in which the “alien from within as well as without” can be overcome, and how do we make them sustainable? In doing so, this conference also seeks to provide a forum for discussion on what Afro-Diaspora Studies as a field and as a network of analytical approaches can further contribute to the examination of the positions of Blacks around the world.

The AASC is accepting proposals for individual papers, posters, panels, sessions, roundtable discussions, workshops, and visual and artistic representations that explore the Black experience locally, nationally, and/or globally across interdisciplinary boundaries. We are especially interested in work that broadens and reimagines current configurations of African-American Studies. We welcome participation from senior and junior faculty, graduate students, and voices outside the academy such as activists, DJs, artists, and independent scholars.

Possible topics/areas of inquiry may consist of but are not limited to:

Film, Photography, and Visual Culture
Music, Soundscapes and Social noise
Incarceration, Law, and Governmentality
Performance and Performativity
Geography and Space
Environmental Justice
Critical Race Theory
Gender and Sexuality
Disability Justice
Ethnicity and National Identity
Digital Humanities and New Media
Black Nihilism
Queer Theory
Film, Photography, and Visual Culture
Speculative Fiction

Please send 250-300 word abstracts to by October 7, 2012. Send a 150-400 word abstract for a panel (one for the panel subject and one for each panelist), and/or individual paper and poster presentations. For roundtable discussions, submit a 500 word abstract that explores the discussion topic.

For more information and updates, follow us on Facebook (Alien Bodies Conference), on Twitter (@AlienBodies), and on Tumblr (



Personal Digital Archiving 2013
21-22 February 2013
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA

Our vital personal records are becoming digital, from family photographs and personal documents to health and financial information. New capture devices and media types are reshaping our personal and collective memories, and personal collections are growing in size and complexity.

The Personal Digital Archiving 2013 Conference welcomes a broad community working to ensure long-term access for personal collections and archives. This year, the conference theme focuses on the relationships between collective and individual action around preserving personal digital content. Companies and cultural heritage institutions steward information that documents the life and times of private individuals. At the same time, individuals manage and “self-archive” content for future use by themselves and their families. Personal Digital Archiving 2013 invites proposals on the full range of topics relevant to personal digital archiving.

Presentations might address materials and format challenges including family archives of photographs and home movies, personal health and financial data, scrapbooking, social network posts, genealogy, blogs, email and other correspondence. Presentations might also address themes that unite digital archives, including interface design for archives; institutional practices; community outreach; tools; and funding models. Additionally the program committee encourages proposals exploring the following questions:

  • What new social norms are emerging around preservation, access and disclosure?
  • How should libraries, museums and archives help collect personal digital materials?
  • What are some practical strategies for helping libraries, museums and archives conduct personal archiving outreach to their communities?
  • What are effective outreach strategies for encouraging individuals to undertake personal digital archiving?
  • How can we cope with the intersection between personal data and collective or social data that is personal?
  • What tools and services are needed to better enable self-archiving? What models for user interfaces are most appropriate?
  • What are viable existing economic models that can support personal archives? What new economic models should we evaluate?
  • What are the the key issues associated with digital estate planning and “the digital afterlife”?

The conference program will include three types of presentations: 20-minute papers, 5-minute lightning talks, and posters (including demos).

If you wish to submit an abstract for the conference, please visit:

Submissions should include:

  • The title of your project, paper or presentation
  • For 20-minute paper presentations, a 300-word abstract
  • For lightning talks and posters, a 150-300 word abstract
  • A brief biographical sketch or CV (no more than 2 pages)

Paper, poster, and lightning talk submissions are due 2 November 2012


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s