CfP: Queer Senses: A One-Day Symposium at Royal Holloway, 26 Mar 2013

CfP: Queer Senses: A One-Day Symposium at Royal Holloway, University of London (11 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RF)

Tuesday 26th March, 2013, 10.00-17.00

Organizers: Dr Emily Jeremiah and Prof James Williams (SMLLC, RHUL)
And ‘Queer, The Space’ (www.queerthespace.org)

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers to be given at this event, which will ask: what makes queer sense? How can we think the senses queerly? Recent work in and on queer phenomenology, especially by Sara Ahmed, has drawn attention to the productiveness of seeing agency, spatiality, and orientation as embodied, as experienced sensorily and affectively. Following on from ‘Queer, The Space’, an interdisciplinary, artistic-academic exploration of space and identity that ran between September 2011 and May 2012 at the c4cc in King’s Cross, the project’s organizers/participants would like to invite theoretical considerations on the related subject of the senses. Topics for discussion might include, among others:

The senses as queer
Queering sense/rationality
Embodied perception and queer touch
Disorientation and orientation
Desire and the senses
Alignment and divergence
Distortion(s)
Spatiality and agency

Proposals should be 200-250 words in length, and be sent by email to emily.jeremiah@rhul.ac.uk andjames.williams@rhul.ac.uk by midday Monday 14th January, 2013. We look forward to hearing from interested parties. Please do contact us if you have any questions in the meantime.

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