SWS Virtual Student and Junior Community Scholar Symposium (SJCSS)
Volunteers: Brandon Eby, University of Calgary and Kia Hughes, University of Liverpool
Cost: Free to SWS members; voluntary registration fee of $20 for non-members of SWS***
In the introduction to their (2009) book, Queer Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, José Esteban Muñoz reminds readers of the ideality of queerness. Rather than something that we are or might ever be, Muñoz writes of queerness as “a structuring and educated mode of desiring that allows us to think and feel beyond the quagmire of the present.” Queerness warmly illuminates the horizon of possibility and hope, disturbing the ground upon which we tread so that we might endeavour to “strive, in the face of the here and now’s totalizing rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there” (2009, 1). For Muñoz, queerness is an educated hope. A dream born of historically-situated struggles. And a rallying cry that entreats us to iteratively imagine and reimagine the concrete potentialities of our existence and worlds anew through intersectional coalitions, emergent ways of being in (and with) the world, and the voices of those cast to the borderlands.
For our inaugural virtual student and junior community scholar symposium, we invite undergraduates, graduate students, and junior community scholars to submit abstracts on all matters related to intersectional feminist research. We also invite presenters to take up Muñoz’s conception of queerness and queer futurity as a way to grapple with the global social, legal, political, environmental, and epidemiological terrors that plague our everyday lives. To this end, presenters might consider addressing such questions as: What does thinking and feeling through queer futurity reveal about our contemporary reality? How do dreams born of historically-situated struggles orient us to concrete and material ways of re/imagining, disrupting, and dismantling structures of oppression? What innovative practices and forms of resistance can be realised through intersectional coalitions striving for the then and there of queer potentiality?
The SJCSS welcomes proposals for paper presentations (max. 2 presenters, 20 minutes), panel sessions (max. 4 presenters, 75-90 minutes), workshops (3-5 presenters, 75-90 minutes), and artistic performances (either 15 or 90 minutes). We welcome both completed works and those still in progress. The SJCSS is committed to offering students a cooperative environment where folx may collaboratively develop and refine their research and social justice projects. Please note that individual paper presentations will be organised into thematic panels by the conference organisers prior to the start of the conference.
Submission form: https://sws.memberclicks.net/sws-students–symposium-cfp.
Join us online October 12-14 to begin conversations that we plan to continue during the 2024 Winter Meeting in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico from January 25-28, 2024. Our intention is to ensure that intersectional feminist thought and practice becomes key to turning the page and ending the era of extreme inequalities, so that we can begin to collaboratively (re)imagine and build pathways to the then and there of a queerer future.
***Interested in SWS membership? Conference participants will receive a complimentary 2024 SWS membership for those who become members for the conference.