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CFP: Queer Youth Histories London Workshop, Edited Collection & Book Launch

There will be a Queer Youth Histories Workshop, 19 June 2014 at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank UniversityThe heightened profile of queer youth cultures across an array of contexts has given rise to questions about variations in such practices, identifications, politics, experiences and manifestations at different points in time.  Despite significant expansion of LGBT historical scholarship in some areas, research focusing specifically on histories of youth and sexual and gender insubordination remains a fledgling field requiring nurture and growth.  To such ends, this workshop seeks to bring together scholars researching and writing on queer youth histories.


This research might include:

•   national or transnational historical research focusing on intersections of youth and non-normative or LGBTI sexualities and genders;

•   case-based analyses of particular examples of LGBTIQ youth organizing (such as youth groups, activist work, school cultures);

•   critical engagements with cultural texts (e.g. books, films, music) or events (e.g. concerts, demonstrations, conferences) with significance for queer youth histories;

•   historical examples of young people’s involvement in media and cultural production (e.g. community press, radio broadcasting or fan literatures) connected to non-normative or LGBTI sexualities and genders; 

•   historicizing analyses of cultural representations of queer youth histories (e.g. film, television, published fiction).

This workshop is also interested in work that reflects on:

•   methodological implications for doing queer youth history;

•   relationships and tensions between queer youth history and the larger field of LGBT/queer historical research; and

•   theoretical reflections on intersections of ideas about youth, history and non-normative/LGBTI sexualities and genders. 

Presentations will be for 20 minutes each.

The Workshop is organized by Daniel Marshall (Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia) who in 2014 is a Visiting Scholar at CLAGS (CUNY, New York) and the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research (LSBU, London).  The Workshop will feature Professor Jeffrey Weeks as the closing Respondent.

 There are plans to publish papers on this topic as part of an edited collection with an academic press. When submitting your paper proposal, please indicate if you would be happy for me to include your abstract in the proposal for the edited collection.

If you are unable to attend the Weeks Centre workshop but are interested in having your work included in the edited collection please include this notice in your email.

Please submit a 250-word abstract of your proposed paper plus a 100-word bio to by 7 April 2014.

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