Call for Papers 2016


Official hashtags: #queerasia2016 #qu33rky

Queer Asia Conference 2016: Diversity, Contestations and Developments

Deadline for abstract submissions: 15th March 2016

Dates: 10th June 2016 (conference) – 11th June 2016 (film screenings and workshops)

Venue: SOAS, University of London, Russell Square Campus, DLT – (Kamran) Djam Lecture Theatre

A dynamic and culturally diverse continent, Asia is in a state of constant flux. Increased public awareness, changes in legislation and the proliferation of media, internet and visual representations related to non-heteronormative communities have produced a diversity of responses from heightened legal repression, indifference and sustained resistance across different societies and regions. In the context of these developments, several questions about ‘queer’ in Asia emerge.

What is queer in Asia? What are the different ways in which one can be or perform queer in Asia? How do transnational flows inform queer identities and/or queerness? How is queer represented? What are the performances, resistances, adaptations and tensions around queer in Asia?

Queer Theory originated in a Western milieu but continues to be re-interpreted, performed and adapted in Asia in multiple ways. Through representing the diversity of disciplines and interests at SOAS the two-day conference specifically seek to foster a space of dialogue, learning and networking.

We would like to invite all scholars working on facets of queerness in Asia to submit an abstract on any of these or related areas. Papers could address but are not limited to the following sub-themes:

– Definitions, labels and stereotypes; translation or transplantation of queer.

– Representations and/or performances.

– Inter-ethnic relations/intercultural/cross-cultural practices.

– Civil rights/ human rights – marriage, family, etc.

– Colonial legacies and local histories/ voices.

– Migrations and diasporas/ refugees.

– Literary and visual representations.

– Use of technology/social media and new media.

The event will culminate in a day of film screenings, talks, discussions and workshops.

Proposal Guidelines:

Paper proposals should include a title, 300-word abstract, institutional affiliation and contact information. Please submit proposals via email at the following address: by 15th Feb 2016.

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