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Queer Modernisms and Justice


Queer Modernisms and Justice

This panel is interested in looking at the kinds of ethical interventions queer modernisms make, or refuse. New modernist studies has given us a more plural notion of what constitutes modernist innovation and style, recognizing "low" modernisms, "bad" modernisms, Black modernisms, female modernisms, and queer modernisms as deliciously disruptive and unsettling. Implicit in most arguments about the value of these so-called "peripheral" modernisms is the notion that the transformative, revolutionary disruptiveness of modernist diversity constitutes some kind of engagement with justice. Does it? Iris Marion Young has defined the “responsibility for justice,” as one where evaluating our participation in “structures of privilege and disadvantage, constraint and enablement” allows us to assume responsibility for the effect of those structures on others. This panel asks whether queer modernism, one of those peripheral modernisms concerned with intersecting representations of sexuality, gender, race, class, and able-bodiedness, is invested in the responsibility for justice, how and where that responsibility is realized, if at all, and what particularly about modernist sexual and gender queerness makes its engagement with justice necessary and important (or not).

Papers might address affect, comportment, disability, sport, eugenics, socialism, fascism, censorship, trials and hearings, violence, racism, and subcultures, among other things.

Please send a short bio and abstract of no more than 250 words to Jaime Hovey by April 16.



Conference Location: Boston, USA
Conference Starts: November 19, 2015
Conference Ends: November 22, 2015

CFP Submission Deadline: April 16, 2015

For more information, contact: Jaime Hovey

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