Call for Papers 2017


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Queer Asia Conference 2017: Desire, Decolonisation and Decriminalisation

Deadline for abstract submission: 26th Feb 2017

Dates: 16th June 2017 (Conference) – 17th June 2017 (Screenings and Workshops)

Venue: SOAS, University of London

In celebrating the drive towards decolonisation at SOAS and the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain, ‘Queer’ Asia is interested in diverse and new ways of representing, negotiating and mediating queer desires. With a focus on desire and its intersections with decolonisation and decriminalisation in postcolonial global societies the conference aims to examine what desire implies for queer Asians.

What do queers want? How do queers mediate their desires in the face of social opposition, legal persecution, colonial and neo-colonial impositions as well as accelerating globalisation? How is queer desire negotiated and represented both within Asia and in Asian diasporas? Does decriminalisation necessarily emancipate desire? Under what conditions can decolonisation imagine desire?

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


  • Erasure of marginalised gender expressions and some sexualities within notions of desire.
  • Inter-ethnic relations/intercultural/cross-cultural practices.
  • HIV/AIDS awareness – the globalisation of these movements in Asian contexts.
  • Queering power relations between groups (class, race, ethnicity, religion, age, caste).
  • Homonormativity and its economic, social and political ramifications.
  • Colonial legacies and local histories/ voices.
  • The performance(s) of desire(s).
  • The categorisations and (de)stigmatisation of queer desire.
  • The relevance and limitations of queer theory in Asian contexts.
  • Migrations and diasporas/ refugees/ asylum seekers and queerness.
  • Civil rights/ human rights.
  • Literary and visual representations.
  • Use of technology/ social media and new media.
  • How does queer activism in Asia or for Asian communities address desire?


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