Bodies of Knowledge Symposium and Conference

Women¹s & Gender Studies at USC Upstate
 
March 18-19, 2010
 
This spring the 3rd Annual Bodies of Knowledge Symposium will be hosted by
the Women¹s and Gender Studies program at the University of South Carolina
Upstate in Spartanburg, SC. This year will see the symposium expand to
include a scholarly conference in addition to the usual LGBTQ lectures by
star quality scholars, artists, and activists. The organizers invite paper
and panel proposals for presentations relating to the broad umbrella
category of QUEER EPISTEMOLOGIES AND PHENOMENOLOGIES.
 
We take Œqueer¹ to include the lived experience, situated knowledge, and
bodily horizons of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans, intersex, polyamorous,
and asexual individuals, as well as those who are curious, questioning,
straight with a twist, or friends, family, and supporters of the LGBTQQIA
community. While acknowledging the controversies around other applications
of Œqueer,¹ we also invoke the term as a denotation of ANTI-NORMATIVE,
SUB-CULTURAL, ANTI-BIAS, OPPOSITIONAL, AND MARGINALIZED EPISTEMOLOGIES AND
PHENOMENOLOGIES. This theme should be interpreted as interdisciplinary,
using concepts specific to philosophy to generate presentations that range
widely across the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
 
Proposals are welcome from established scholars as well as graduate and
undergraduate students. Papers that incorporate works by the keynote
speakers will be of special interest. Individual paper proposals (150 words)
and 3-4 person panel proposals (500 words) are due by January 20, 2010 with
notifications of acceptance by Feb. 10. Proposals should be uploaded to the
conference website:

 
Keynote Speakers
€ Laura Alexandra Harris
€ S. Bear Bergman
€ Robert McRuer
 
The conference will open on the evening of March 18 with a screening of the
documentary Pick Up the Mic on the QueerHop/TransHop movement and a Spoken
Word performance by Katastrophe (www.katastropherap.com). Concurrent
sessions of panels will be scheduled for the morning of March 19. Keynote
lectures will take place that afternoon and evening, with a dinner break
between the second and third speakers. Information will be provided about
local accommodations and amenities.

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