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GWSS is excited to sponsor the upcoming conference, "Contingent Belongings: Queer Reflections on Race, Space, and the State," September 16-17, 2011. Keynote speakers: Christina Hanhardt and Nayan Shah. For more information and Call for Papers (due June 20, 2011), see:

The field of queer studies has made important contributions to interrogating the notion of belonging as a technology of cultural, social, and political membership. Yet scholarship in sexuality studies has not always attended to the multiple contingencies that structure belonging, particularly in relation to the unevenness of spatial and racial formations that shape access to cultural and national citizenship. Recent discussions of homonormativity and homonationalism have demonstrated the importance of understanding how social and political belonging are contingent upon the exclusion of certain bodies and practices. The recent repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the criminalization of immigration with the passage of SB1070 illustrate the contradictory logics of national, sexual, and racial belonging.

This conference examines the contingencies of belonging in relation to racial and sexual imaginaries and practices. How can we understand the desire to belong? What are the costs of belonging, and who can refuse to belong? Who gets to determine the framework for belonging? What does resistance look like under these conditions?

We hope to create a vibrant space for intellectual exchange with an emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship. We welcome submissions from faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars from a wide range of fields, including gender and sexuality studies, ethnic studies, American studies, geography, history, education, media and communication, and cultural studies, among others.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

- immigration, citizenship, and law

- space, movement, and diaspora

- intimacy, kinship, and family

- affect and desire

- U.S. empire and settler colonialism

- labor, neoliberalism, and biopolitics

- culture as a site of critique/resistance/knowledge production

- activism and coalition

- queer world-making and alternative practices

- aesthetics and decolonization

- race, place, and identity

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words and a brief bio of no more than 100 words to by JUNE 20, 2011. Conference applicants will be notified no later than July 15th.

Sponsored by the Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota, with support from the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies.

Please join us in ?Rethinking the University? on April 11th - April 13th,

This conference has been collectively organized by graduate students to
bring together thinkers from across the campus community and national
academic community to address the ?crisis? of the university as it had
continually been transformed by neoliberal forces. The recent AFSCME strike
at the University of Minnesota and other academic labor struggles continue
to expose the university in crisis, yet we need to further develop both our
intellectual and organizational capacities to effectively address these
crises. Our hope is that this conference will be productive in discussing
and thinking through these issues, and bring together a community bound to
the university in crisis.

Although the conference has scheduled presenters, we want to have
participation from all our attendees in discussing the issues raised by our
presenters?most importantly, to have participation from all sectors of the
community. We hope to put into conversation workers of all types:
university staff, artists, lecturers, union organizers, students,
professors, and community activists, all of whom have a stake in shaping
the future of the university. Please pass along this invitation to your
connected community, campus, labor, and other groups that have a shared
interest in our educational system.

This conference will take place over three days. Friday will focus
generally on questions of neoliberalization and corporatization of higher
education and the casualization of academic labor. Friday's meetings will
be held on the University of Minnesota's West Bank campus, at the Carlson
School of Management (2-213). Friday night, we will be hosting a reception
in Ferguson Hall. Saturday and Sunday will look at questions of
alternatives, including campus labor organizing, radical pedagogy, and
other strategies of resistance. Saturday and Sunday will be held on the
East Bank Campus at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Nolte Hall, Room
140), and we will have a dinner on Saturday night at the Bell Museum.
Please see the conference program for more information:

Please note that this is a FREE and OPEN conference. Funding for this
conference has been generously provided by grants from Student Activities
and GAPSA, along with generous donations from CLA Departments, the
Institute for Advanced Studies, and AAUP. We hope that you are able to
attend all the sessions, but feel free to partake even if you can only
attend a few sessions.

We are looking forward to rethinking with you,

The Conference Collective
Morgan Adamson
John Conley
Isaac Kamola
Stephen Koskela
Eli Meyerhoff
Lucia Pawlowski
Amy Pason
Matthew Stoddard


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