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Sent: 09 June 2013 10:30 Subject: CfP Queering Paradigms 5 (Quito) Fifth International Conference Queering Paradigms “Queering narratives of modernity” Quito, Ecuador, February 20-21-22, 2014 QP5 Conference theme This is the Fifth International Conference Queering Paradigms (QP5) and the first time the event comes to the Andes. Bringing QP5 to a region where debates on colonialism remain vigorous and indigenous politics dynamic is the occasion to explore what queer approaches can do to imaginaries of modernity. The central theme of this conference explores the intersection of queer studies with post and de-colonial studies. It questions how post and de-colonial paradigms can be queered, how the queer can be decolonized, and the implications of such conversations on hegemonic and alternative understandings of modernity. In the process, the conference is the occasion to foster conversations among various Souths, push the boundaries of what the so-called global south means and how it is conceptualized. The conference tracks pay particular attention to symbols of the modern and the pre-modern, exploring the religious and the secular, problematizing gay marriage, looking into indigeneities, and revisiting race and spirituality from queer perspectives. In the effort to understand how queer perspectives can propose alternative ways of thinking modernity, QP5 seeks to generate a space to consider the importance of art broadly defined and the possibilities it creates for further dialogue and intersections with Queer Studies. The event hopes to foment a horizontal dialogue of mainstream scholarship with and through art. Further, it seeks to discuss, articulate and theorize the impact of art, and to combine activist approaches and academic concerns without antagonizing both. Five conference threads The conference umbrella theme is the relation between queer and understandings of modernity. Structural violence permeates the legal realm and the family as well as post-colonial negotiations of indigeneity, religion and language. Paper and panel proposals are invited to tackle the following five threads, all connected and inter-related: 1) legalities; 2) families; 3) indigeneities; 4) language and representation; 5) post-colonialities. 1) Legalities- do modern rights such as gay marriage or sex change affect ideas of progress and development? Rethinking the legality of the family from the state and civil society to religious constituencies, and indigenous perspectives. 2) Families- how is the family redefined in the current political climate? How is it (re)framed by “new” immigration journeys? Chains of care, health, homoparentalities, international adoption, and surrogacy. 3) Indigeneities- queering “the indigenous” and race; queer land and spirituality queering the public/private divide, queer/ing authority and kinship. Can sexualities be culturally inauthentic? 4) Language and Representation- Do speakers find a relevant queerness in languages where "queer" is an alien term (indigenous or Asian for instance)? How does queer present itself in languages outside of the North Atlantic metropolis? 5) Post-colonialities- How significant are the contributions of bringing queer studies into post and de-colonial analyses? Do queer perspectives offer a different gaze to understand discourses on modernity? Does the queer in queer language coincide with the post in post-colonial? QP5 methodology: Art as scholarship What might be the contribution of bringing queer studies into the realm of art? A larger goal of QP5 is to fuse the arts with scholarship. In order to do this, we are collaborating with Arte Actual, a nationally recognized art gallery based at FLACSO. In addition to bringing art into academia, QP5 bridges the gap between activist approaches and academic concerns in an attempt to theorize the impact of the arts. Participants are invited to re-think art vis-à-vis scholarship as a different type of knowledge, reflection and engagement. It will be the first time that a serious endeavor towards queer art and intersecting diversities and art takes place in Ecuador. Our call for artistic proposals, which is oriented but not limited to artists, favors: • a showcase of exemplary interventions at a cultural level that have (or could) influence ideas of diversity, • art as a mechanism to engage silenced conversations (from indigenous sexualities and queer Muslims to homophobia). Submission guidelines Format: QP5 seeks to foster more dialogue among experts. We envision a roundtable format for the conference so as to generate spaces that speak to public policy and insert key debates in academic, artistic and activist projects. Panelists are invited to present original work that encourages a multiplicity of conversations, from dialogue to workshop to Q&A. Paper abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. We encourage panel proposals. Submit abstracts and/or panel proposals by July 29, 2013 to: email@example.com Preliminary agenda Wednesday 02/20 –Registration; Keynote address; opening reception at Arte Actual Thursday and Friday 02/21, 22- panels & workshops The conference will be held in Quito, Ecuador, at the Latin American School for Social Sciences (FLACSO). Congress Coordinators María Amelia Viteri, Professor/Researcher, FLACSO/Ecuador Manuela Lavinas Picq, Universidad San Francisco de Quito/ Al Jazeera Contributor, Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies Executive Comittee B. Scherer, Founder “Queering Paradigms”; Professor of Comparative Religion, Gender and Sexuality, Canterbury Christ University, Inglaterra Carlos Decena, Professor, Director of the Centro Latin, Hispanic and Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA Diego Falconí, Researcher, Grupo Cuerpo y Textualidad, Facultad de Filosofía y Instituto Pensar/Pensar (en) Género, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia Hugo Benavides, Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Fordham University, New York, USA Leticia Sabsay, Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, England Letras, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, Professor of Sociology, American University, Washington DC, USA Santiago Castellanos, Professor, School of Communication and Contemporary Arts, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador William L. Leap, Professor of Anthropology, American University, Washington DC, USA Academic Comittee Amy Lind, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati, USA Fernando Serrano-Amaya, University of Sydney, Australia Gloria Carreaga, Professor of Psychology, UNAM, Mexico Hector Dominguez-Ruvalcaba, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Texas at Austin, USA Horacio F. Sívori, Postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Social Medicine, State University of Rio de Janeiro, and regional Coordinator at the Latin American Center on Sexuality and Human Rights (CLAM), Brazil – Argentina Jack Halberstam, Professor of English and Director of The Center for Feminist Research at University of Southern California, USA Josephine Ho, Chair Professor, Center for the Study of Sexualities, National Central University, Taiwan Liesl Theron, Director at Gender DynamiX, Cape Town, South Africa Macarena Gomez-Barris, Associate Professor, American Studies & Ethnicity, Sociology Department, University of Southern California, USA Marcia Ochoa, Associate Professor, Departments of Feminist Studies and American Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, USA Momin Rahman, Associate Professor in Sociology, Trent University, Canada Nikita Dhawan, Professor of Political Science (Gender/Postcolonial Studies), Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies (FRCPS), Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany Robert Kulpa, Independent Scholar, London, England Sonia Correa, Associate Researcher at ABIA & Co-coordinator of Sexuality Policy Watch, Brazil Stella Nyanzi, Research Fellow, Makerere Institute of Social Research, Medical Anthropologist/ Senior Researcher, Law, Gender and Sexuality Research Project, Faculty of Law, Makerere University Kampala, Uganda -- --