Friday, January 13, 2012

Upcoming Calls for Papers: February Deadlines

Here are some CFPs with deadlines in February. Remember that these are organized by the Abstract Deadline Date (not the date of the conference). If you have other CFPs to share, please email us or leave a comment below. We have additional postings for March coming up, so check back with us!

February 6, 2012
*The Fifth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium*
University of Maryland, College Park
*Friday, April 20, 2012*
*Deadline for submission of materials: February 6, 2012*

We invite proposals for presentations at DELANY AT 70, the 5th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the University of Maryland. The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations in critical queer, race, and gender studies inspired by the multifaceted cultural work of author, literary critic, and professor Samuel R. Delany, whose seventieth birthday is April 1, 2012. Events will include paper sessions featuring faculty and graduate students. The day will culminate in Mr. Delany reading from his new novel, /Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders/, and engaging in conversation with Robert Reid-Pharr, Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

In recognition of Delany's wide-ranging influence on queer studies scholarship, the symposium takes themes prominent in his work as its point of departure. We are eager to invite papers dedicated to Delany's diverse body of writings, but we also encourage proposals that address any of the following (or related) points of contact with key preoccupations of Delany's work:

. Black and queer cultural politics
. Crossing boundaries:  cross-class contact, private/public divides, the dynamics of normativity and respectability
. Landscapes: utopia, dystopia, heterotopia, desire, lust
. Queer time: futurity, potentiality, paradox, anniversaries, commemorations
. Queer/ing visions: reflection, refraction, mythology, memory, language, perception
. Geographies of power: settler colonialism, racialization, territorialization, gentrification
. World-making and undoing: fantasy, performativity, self-elaboration, autobiography, selfhood, abjection

Proposals for 15-minute presentations should include name, affiliation, e-mail address, title of paper, a 250-word abstract, and a 1-2 page CV. Please send materials by e-mail attachment (Word or PDF only) by February 6, 2012 to Put "Submission for Delany at 70" in the subject line of your message. For more information, contact JV Sapinoso at Selected participants will be notified by February 27, 2012.

In the words of Jeffrey Allen Tucker, Samuel R. Delany is "the ideal postmodern intellectual." Delany is known for his long and well-established career as a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and memoir as well as his critical work in literary, African American, urban, and LGBT/queer studies. Speaking about the significance of his work, Delany says, "Science fiction isn't just thinking about the world out there. It's also thinking about how that world might be -- a particularly important exercise for those who are oppressed, because if they're going to change the world we live in, they -- and all of us -- have to be able to think about a world that works differently." Exercising the need to "think about a world that works differently" might well be adopted to describe the projects of both LGBT and queer studies.

DC Queer Studies is a group of faculty from schools in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area formed in 2006 to discuss new works in the field and to exchange, support, and cultivate new ways of engaging with LGBT/Queer/Sexuality Studies across the disciplines and across institutions. The DC Queer Studies Symposium is hosted and sponsored by the University of Maryland and co-sponsored by American University, Georgetown University, and the George Washington University. See for details.

February 15, 2012
·         Innovations and Anxieties; Saturday, March 31, 2012
A Graduate Conference hosted by the Graduate Program in English at the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)
Innovations cross a multitude of interdependent fields: aesthetic, scientific, technological, historical, informational, educational, political, and ethical. Across these fields, innovation cleaves fault lines between, for instance, the hope for cosmopolitan betterment and the politico-economic success of an isolated few; between the possible formation of open, more egalitarian social relations and the breakdown or deformation of normative modes of relation; between the anticipation of solutions to pressing problems and the inequalities, violences, and injustices caused by those solutions. This year the URI Graduate Conference title, Innovations and Anxieties, captures the dynamic negotiations that are and have been possible within and across these fault lines. We ask:
• What have innovations enabled or disabled?
• What traces or tracks do innovations leave behind?
• What sort of futures might innovations prefigure?
• What histories or continuities will have been
possible in the wake of innovation?
• How might innovations inspire praise and critique,
hope and fear, promise and imbalance, progress
and diversion, quietude and combat, tranquility
and anxiety?

We invite graduate students to submit papers, panels, or creative works that attend to these and other questions in a variety of fields: history, film, philosophy, languages, literature, political science, rhetoric and composition, communications, cultural studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, biology, medicine, women’s studies, technology, visual and media studies, library and information studies, (though not limited to these fields). Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
adaptation, serialization social networking revolution graphic novels, web comics organic, local movements
digital humanities citizen journalism disability technologies outsourcing E-books
gender & transexuality scientific breakthrough multiliteracies transnationalism E-learning
digitization globalization online media cosmopolitanism critical theories
workplace technologies sustainability textiles and manufacturing information sharing architecture, planning design
robotics, cyborgs cybernetics neuroscience, medical innovation artificial intelligence modernization

Individual Papers: Please submit an abstract of 250-350 words. Include full name, title of your work, contact info, a brief bio, and institutional affiliation.
Panel Proposals: Please submit abstracts of 250-350 words for each presentation/presenter. A panel will consist of 3-4 presenters. In addition to the required contact and biographical information, please include title of the panel on each submission. You may choose to provide your own panel chair.
Creative Submissions: We welcome proposals for creative works, including creative writing, visual art, music, video production, and dramatic performance. Please submit an abstract of 250-350 words describing your project and its connection to the conference theme, as well as the required contact and biographical information.
Submission directions: Please submit all abstracts and proposals via our website at by clicking on the Submit Your Abstract link. Direct all questions regarding submissions and conference details to Visit our website at for more information.
**Deadline for receipt of proposals is Wednesday, February 15, 2012**

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