Call for Papers

Queer Places, Practices, and Lives II

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

May 16-17, 2014

Confirmed keynote speakers: Sara Ahmed and Eli Clare*
We invite proposals for the second queer studies conference at The Ohio State University. Following on the success of “Queer Places, Practices, and Lives: A Symposium in Honor of Samuel Steward” that took place in May 2012, we seek proposals on any topic related to the field. Scholars, faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, artists, activists, teachers, social workers, community members, and others interested in discussing LGBTQ issues are welcome to submit. Interdisciplinary panels and roundtables of three to four participants are especially encouraged.
Send a 300-word abstract, 2-page CV, and, if appropriate, a brief panel or roundtable description to Please include 3-4 keywords with your submission.
Deadline for proposals is Dec. 15, 2013.
Direct inquiries to Debra Moddelmog or Joe Ponce
* Sara Ahmed (Professor in Race and Culture, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London) is one of the leading queer/cultural/race studies scholars of the 21st century and author of On Being Included (2012), The Promise of Happiness (2010), Queer Phenomenology (2006), The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004), Strange Encounters (2000), and Differences that Matter (1998). Her influential research is concerned with how bodies and worlds take shape; and how power is secured and challenged in everyday life worlds, as well as institutional cultures. She begins with the messiness of the experiential, the unfolding of bodies into worlds, and the drama of contingency, how we are touched by what comes near. Her work explores how differences, otherness, and strangeness become “properties” of bodies and spaces over time.
Eli Clare is a writer and proudly proclaims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written a book of essays, Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (1999, 2009), and a collection of poetry, The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion (2007). His work has also been published in many periodicals and anthologies. Eli speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first Queerness and Disability Conference.