CfP: Queering Paradigms II (7-9.04.2010, QUT Brisbane- Australia); DL: 1.10.2009

2nd International Queer Studies Conference
Queering Paradigms II
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
April 7-9, 2010
Following the success of the First International Queer Studies Conference, which was held in February 2009 at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, The Faculty of Law, QUT, is proud to announce the 2010 conference, Queering Paradigms II. The aim of this conference is to examine the current state and future challenges in Queer Studies from a broad, trans-disciplinary and polythetic perspective.
Participants will present papers and panels from the whole spectrum of academia. We invite speakers from disciplines as diverse as (and not confined to) Law, Linguistics, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, Cultural Studies and Creative Industries to embark on an exploration of Queer Issues and Themes. We adopt a holistic definition of ‘Queer’ along the lines of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s explanation in her essay “Queer and Now”:
That’s one of the things that ‚queer‘ can refer to: the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when constituent elements of anyone’s gender, of anyone’s sexuality aren’t made (or can’t be made) to signify monolithically.
‚Queerness‘ is therefore conceptualised as querying, contrasting, challenging and transforming heteronormativity.
Keynote Speaker
We are pleased to announce that The Hon Michael Kirby AC CME will be presenting the Keynote speech at the conference. Justice Kirby served on both the High Court of Australia and the Court of Appeal in New South Wales and is well known for his speeches and publications on social justice issues in general, and on issues surrounding same-sex relationships and the law. Copies of his speeches and articles may be found at
Call For Papers
Papers and Panel proposals are invited on any area and aspect of Queer Studies. The proposals will undergo a peer-review process; the Proceedings of this conference will be prepared for peer-reviewed publication as a special journal issue of the QUT Law and Justice Journal.
Proposal abstract deadline: 1 October 2009
Deadline for completed papers: 1 February 2010
Proposals for individual papers should take the form of abstracts of not more than 200 words; panel proposals of less than 400 words should include both a panel rationale and paper abstracts.
All proposals or requests for further information should be sent by email before October 1st 2009 to Sharon Hayes (School of Justice/Faculty of Law, QUT):

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