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CFP: Critically Queer, University of Bristol, 20-21 September 2019.


The Critically Queer Working Group (CQWG) is hosting a Critically Queer conference at the University of Bristol on September 20th and 21st. Organised by PhD students Rosie Nelson and Rosa Targett, this conference intends to bridge the gap between academics, activists, artists, practitioners, and others who have a stake in what it means to be LGBTQIA+ in 2018. Intending to focus on pragmatic approaches to queer studies, this conference promises an innovative approach to sharing information, promoting conversations, and bridging connections between stakeholders. For further information, please see the CQWG’s website (, or Twitter ( or email for further information (

Our key interest is in pragmatic approaches to queer studies (although theoretical papers will be considered). We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words on:

  • Queer representation (e.g. media)
  • Queer embodiments (transforming bodies, transgressive sex acts, etc.)
  • Asexuality and aromanticism
  • Gender beyond the binary (legislation, medicalisation, transformation, etc.)
  • Intersectional understandings of queer communities (marginalised queer identities)
  • Queer relationships (marriage, polyamory, child-rearing, dating, etc.)
  • LGBTQIA+ geographies (including gay bars, dating websites, etc.)
  • Queer activism, community groups, and charities
  • Queer art and fashion
  • Queer faith
  • Queerness as capital
  • Queerness in academia (studying what you are, navigating institutions, overview of scholarship, etc.)
  • The power and problematics of labels

We are especially interested to hear from academics, activists, and artists from a diverse range of backgrounds, and non-traditional approaches to studying experiences of queerness (such as autoethnography, visual methodologies, etc.).

Please send your abstract or proposal to by the 22nd of July.

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