CFP: 2017 APA Central Division Meeting

Submission deadline: September 10, 2017

Conference date(s):
March 1, 2017 - March 4, 2017

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Conference Venue:

APA Central Division
Kansas City, United States


CFP: Society for LGBTQ Philosophy, APA Central Division Meeting

February 21 to February 24, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois

Topic: Queer Productions of Knowledge In and Out of the Academy

In “What’s Queer?” Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick considers the complex and disorienting possibilities of “queer,” writing, “That's one of the things that ‘queer’ can refer to: the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when the constituent elements of anyone's gender, of anyone's sexuality aren't made (or can't be made) to signify monolithically.” In Queer Phenomenology, Sara Ahmed similarly considers “queer” in its unsettling possibilities, emphasizing the role of disorientation in orienting oneself towards a queer life. This suggests that queer theory, philosophy, phenomenology, and epistemology are often informed by the complex, disorienting, and generative experience of inhabiting a LGBTQ life.

At the same time, LGBTQ knowledge production often finds itself at odds with professional philosophy and the academy at large. As Judith Butler argues in “Can the ‘Other’ of Philosophy Speak?” the discipline of philosophy may be suspicious of queer knowledge production, especially when it is labeled “theory.” Coupled with a general job crisis in philosophy and higher education, this potential for exclusion may be as institutional as it is ideological. Furthermore, the increasing use of social media has found LGBTQ knowledge production, including philosophy and theory, occurring outside of disciplinary requirements and restraints. While LGBTQ knowledge production has risen within philosophy, it has gained power from without as well, but with a vulnerability for exclusion, silencing, extraction, and exploitation.

For the upcoming Central Division Meeting of the APA, the Society for LGBTQ Philosophy welcomes submissions for panel and/or paper abstracts on topics related to the theme of LGBTQ knowledge production both within and without the discipline of Philosophy. We invite submissions from all areas of philosophy (broadly construed), including epistemology, phenomenology, and metaphysics, that consider the range of knowledge and inquiry produced by LGBTQ and queer subjects inside and/or outside the academy.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Decolonizing LGBTQ

  • Epistemologies of Queer and Trans Theory

  • LGBTQ Subjugated Knowledge

  • Academic Extraction/Exploitation of LGBTQ Subjugated Knowledge

  • Promises and Limits of LGBTQ Philosophy

  • Relationships Between LGBTQ Scholarship and Activism

  • LGBTQ Aesthetics, Literature, and Poetry

  • Knowledge Production and LGBTQ Social Media

  • Queer and Trans Metaphysics

  • LGBTQ Scholarship Without Academic Jobs

Please send paper and/or panel abstracts of no more than 500 words to by September 10th at 11:59pm PST.  Please also include names, institutional affiliations, and paper titles with all submissions.

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