10/6/2021 – CFP: Queer Temporalities in Literature, Cinema, and Video Games

cfp queer temporalities

What, when & where

“Queer Temporalities” in Literature, Cinema, and Video Games International Conference

2-4 December 2021

University of Murcia

While the study of space has been part of the Queer Studies agenda for a very long time, time has been a more recent addition. This International Conference sees the study of time as being central to the understanding of identity configurations. Studying time as a producer and reproducer of identities can be approached as the unearthing of past events, the imagining of other futures, or as the exploration of time as a formal factor that shapes cultural texts. While conceptions of time as something linear, stable, singular, and unequivocal favor existing discourses about equally unequivocal identities, approaches to time as being defined by multiple rhythms, interruptions and uncertainties allow for other identities and cultural / social practices to come to life in time or through specific representations of time.

We invite scholars from a variety of backgrounds (Cinema, Cultural, Game, and Literary Studies) to think about time and its impact on processes of queer world-making through its relation with memory, futurities, discontinuities, and expanded approaches to everydayness. Some of the topics this conference is interested in exploring are:

– Identities represented through fragmentation and temporal rootlessness; temporal notions of ‘otherness’.

– Narrative and/or formal uses of synchronicity, serendipity, and nonlinearity.

– Temporal rhizomes; approaches to time as being multiple and multidirectional.

– Fluid time(s), fluid identity(ies).

– Instances of genre/identity bending through time.

– Human, transhuman, post-human, and non-human relations with, in, and through time: 4th Industrial Revolution, Anthropocene, object-oriented studies of time vs. ‘fleshy’ temporalities, cyberpunk and non-Western futurisms.

– Failure, interruption, fragmentation, repetition, loss, and loops: Non-linearities and temporal dead-ends.

– Medium-dependent representations of time and their impact on identity production.

– Expanded visions of everydayness.

– Time and “telling”: points of view and narration, narrated/narrative times, personal time, and time as form.

– Times that are (not); times that were (not); times that will (not) be; times we wish (never) existed: reconstructions of hidden pasts, utopia, dystopia, futurism, and trauma.

– Myth and fantasy as identity engagements through time.

– When time ends: catastrophes, eco-crises, and apocalypses.

Deadline & how to apply

We ask scholars wishing to participate in the conference to submit a single file in .pdf, .doc, .docx or .odt format containing their proposals, their names and affiliation, contact information, and a short biographical statement.  Proposals should be around 350 words long (with a 15% flexibility) while the short bios should not exceed 150 words. Submissions should be sent to queertemp@gmail.com

End of the CFP: June 10, 2021.

Decisions on submissions: July 16, 2021.

Conference registration: July 17-November 1, 2021.

Conference dates: December 2-4, 2021

Other info, Links & conditions

We are extremely pleased to announce our keynote speakers:

-Professor Elizabeth Freeman, Department of English, UC Davis.

https://english.ucdavis.edu/people/esfreema

-Professor Glyn Davis, School of Design, The University of Edinburgh

https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/profile/dr-glyn-davis

-Professor Bonnie (Bo) Ruberg, Department of Film & Media Studies, UC Irvine.

https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=6554

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