Monthly Archives: March 2014

26 March 2014. Contribute NOW: Homophobia Rewritten

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The deadline for paper abstracts for ‘Homophobia Rewritten’ is coming up. I’ve already received some great submissions. If you’re interested in contributing, please get in touch by 31 March. 

Contributions from postgraduates as well as established academics welcome.

 

Call for Papers (deadline 31 March 2014)

Homophobia Rewritten: New Literary Perspectives on Violence and Sexuality

An AHRC-funded Symposium 

Date: Friday, 13 June 2014
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London

Keynote: Professor Alison Donnell (Reading)

This one-day symposium examines literary and cultural representations of, and
responses, to homophobia. It defines homophobia broadly to mean all kinds of denials
of, and attacks on, queer existence including for example heteronormative practices
as well as verbal and physical attacks.

By exploring representations of intimate lives lived with and against the threat of violence,
and by documenting anti-homophobia and other forms of resistance, the symposium
aims to gain new insights into the interlinked cultures, histories, experiences and
politics of violence and sexuality across time and place.

Papers may address, but are not limited to:

* Literary & Cultural Histories of (Anti-) Homophobia
* (Anti-) Homophobia in Fiction / Graphic Novels / Film / Popular Culture / Visual Culture
* Hate / Racism / Antisemitism/ Colonialism / Postcolonialism
* Identities / Bodies / Gender / Class / Race
* (Pre)Modernity / the Contemporary
* Medicine / Law / New Knowledge Formations
* Translation / Migration /Poverty / Wealth

Please send 300-word proposals for 20-minute papers, and a short biographical note, to the organizer,
Dr Heike Bauer (h.bauer@bbk.ac.uk) by 31 March 2014.

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24 March 2014. Mutual Friends and Queer Reading Communities

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The open access online journal, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, published by my colleagues at the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in autumn 2015. This date coincides with the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend. 

To mark both occasions, the people at 19 have set up a great experiment in virtual reading community building: between May 2014 and November 2015, they will publish Our Mutual Friend online in monthly installments that follow the rhythm of the original publication. The first part has already been published here. Comments and reflections from international scholars and students will follow in due course.

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This experiment in collective reading, which builds community around a text, speaks to a particular concern of my own research: the role of literature in forging queer communities across the modern world. Magnus Hirschfeld’s writings are peppered with literary references. They show that he was particularly interested in representations of same-sex love and desire, and, especially, in those queer books whose authors were also involved in some way in major political debates of their day – for instance, Oscar Wilde and Britain’s anti-homosexuality laws, and Emile Zola and anti-Semitism in France feature prominently in Hirschfeld’s work.

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While Dickens plays no significant role in Hirschfeld’s writings – which reflects Hirschfeld’s interest in overt rather than subtle representations of queer existence – I am nevertheless intrigued by the Our Mutual Friend reading experiment. For its emphasis on reading as a collective activity is a forceful reminder that books create ‘felt experiences’ and a sense of collectivity that reaches across time and space.

Follow the Our Mutual Friend Reading Project here: http://dickensourmutualfriend.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/first-monthly-instalment-may-1864/#comments

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4 March 2014. Update: Homophobia Rewritten Symposium

Call for Papers — deadline 31 March 2014.

HOMOPHOBIA REWRITTEN:

NEW LITERARY & CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON VIOLENCE AND SEXUALITY

An AHRC-funded Symposium
https://violentworldofdifference.wordpress.com/cfp-homophobia-rewritten/

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Date:    Friday, 13 June 2014
Venue:  Birkbeck, University of London

Keynote: Professor Alison Donnell (Reading)

This one-day symposium examines literary and cultural engagements with, and
responses, to homophobia. It explores representations of intimate lives
lived with and against the threat of violence, and documents anti-homophobia
and other forms of resistance, to ask new questions about the interlinked
cultures, histories, experiences and politics of violence and sexuality
across time and place.

Papers may address, but are not limited to:
Literary & Cultural Histories of (Anti-) Homophobia
(Anti-) Homophobia in Fiction /Graphic Novels/Film/Popular Culture /Music /Visual Culture/Sport
Hate / Racism / Antisemitism/ Colonialism / Postcolonialism
Identities / Bodies / Gender / Class / Race
(Pre)Modernity / the Contemporary
Medicine / Law / New Knowledge Formations
Translation / Migration / Poverty / Wealth

Please email 300-word proposals for 20-minute papers, and a short  biographical note, to the organiser, Dr Heike Bauer, h.bauer@bbk.ac.uk, by 31 March 2014.