DCQS 2020 – Queer Beyond the State(s)

Cancelled due to COVID-19, more information to come in May

Dear DC Queer Studies Symposium Participants,

Alas, the time has come to officially cancel our symposium. Yesterday, the University of Maryland announced that it would extend spring break through the week of our symposium and has cancelled all gatherings through April, at least. We do not yet know if and when we will be able to reschedule the symposium.

We are aware that this cancellation will affect some participants more than others, and we are eager to think creatively about what we might do. State regulations prohibit us from using university resources to cover participants’ individual cancellation costs. But if you are in a situation in which you are not receiving refunds for travel and housing, and you do not have access to institutional or other funds, we encourage you to share that information with us. We will strategize together to see if there is anything we can do, and will follow up soon.

Although we are saddened by this cancellation, we recognize that it is imperative to protect the health of our communities. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. Otherwise, do take care and stay tuned for more updates in late April or May.
All the best,

The Organizing Committee.

Queer Beyond the State(s): The 13th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium

March 27, 2020
University of Maryland, College Park

CFP Deadline Extended to Dec. 21st

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Gayatri Gopinath (New York University)
Sandra K. Soto (University of Arizona)
The status of the state – and the United States in particular – has been a central subject of debate in queer studies. Since the earliest years of the field, scholars have tended to assert the heteronormative and homophobic logics of the state form; with time, this was joined by challenges to the whiteness and U.S. centricity of the field and its central terms, including
“queer” itself. Yet the term persists. Whether it becomes translated or reimagined (i.e. as “queer of color,” “cuir,” “quare,” “kweer”) or relocated outside of the U.S. academy, a central desire for the possibilities that queer studies might yet offer to critiques of the state(s) remains. What is the
relationship between the activist and scholarly histories of queer and the state (and the United States) today? How is queer deployed or dispensed within projects that seek to of dislodge the abuses of state power and the logics of anti-Blackness, settler colonialism, endless war, anti- immigration, and other forms of subjection? How do queer studies scholars today analyze the entanglements of sexuality and state power in its specific and general forms?
“Queer Beyond the State(s)” aims to bring together scholarship that engages the relationship between queer studies and the state, broadly conceived. This includes scholarship identified with the radical possibilities of queer, its translation, and its critiques, as they challenge, refuse,
and critique the violent logics that undergird the nation-state. But it also includes scholarship that tracks other directions in the field. In particular, we invite work that provides focused attention on social, sexual, or cultural arrangements that are facilitated by or function beyond the purview of the state; that engages the project of queer in transnational contexts; and that
reconsiders nationalist frameworks and a focus on state antagonisms. In other words, we seek scholarly, artistic, and activist projects that insist on making the core challenges of “queer” and “queer studies” productive schemas that offer us ways to re-think the nation-state, whether in the United States or beyond.

Call For Papers
Deadline for submissions of materials to dcqs@umd.edu: December 10, 2019. Extended to December 21
We invite papers on:

  • Queer kinships and alternative arrangements
  •  Diasporic contestations
  •  The ongoing possibilities of queer aesthetics
  •  Local and community grounded projects
  •  Queerness and anti-capitalism
  •  Queering gender and its limitations
  •  The legacies of early queer studies scholarship Transnational solidarities 
  • Queer internationalisms
  • Queer politics and the left

Submissions from any academic discipline, as well as activists, artists, and community groups are welcomed. We also encourage artists and performers to submit proposals on creative work or work presented in non-traditional forms.
Please submit 250-word paper abstract, panelist bio, and 1-2 page CV by December 10, 2019 to dcqs@umd.edu
You may also submit a proposal for an entire panel on a particular theme or topic, which must include bios, CVs, and abstracts for each presenter/paper, as well as a description of the panel itself. Please send materials by e-mail attachment (PDF or Word). All submissions will be peer
reviewed, and those accepted will be notified no later than January 20, 2020. 
All events will be free and open to the public.