- How are paradigms of same sex love and other dissident sexualities experienced in different national cultures, discourses and political arenas?
- How is the body of work known as Queer Theory disseminated and received in Europe, and how do the paradigms identified in (1) affect this?
- How do the factors identified in (1) and (2) affect the production and reception of cultural artefacts (literature, film & television, drama and cabaret, the visual arts, popular music etc.)?
- How do the factors identified in (1), (2) and (3) impinge on and help to set the agenda for future scholarship and activism in this field?
What we are hoping for at this stage are expressions of interest from as wide a spectrum of potential participants as possible, including artists and practitioners as well as theorists and activists. It is envisaged that, alongside traditional academic papers, there will be workshops and breakout groups, sessions run by activists and artists, poster sessions and performances, a round table discussion and a publication workshop. A discussion forum will also be in place for those who are unable to attend the conference in person. A volume of conference proceedings, designed to reflect the whole spectrum of activities, will be submitted to Ashgate's ‘Queer Interventions' series, with anticipated publication in 2009.
Expressions of interest, accompanied where appropriate by paper titles and short proposals (no more than 200 words) should be addressed to either Lisa Downing firstname.lastname@example.org or Robert Gillett email@example.com by May 31st 2008.
The conference homepage is here: http://www.sall.ex.ac.uk/content/view/1562/3/.