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GERMAN-CFP-L February 2005

Subject:

CFP: Postcolonial Meets Queer Theory (4/1/05; collection)

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Megan McKinstry <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 9 Feb 2005 11:01:23 -0600

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>Subject: CFP: Postcolonial Meets Queer Theory (4/1/05; collection)
>
>From: "Aydemir, M." <[log in to unmask]>
>
>Call for Papers
>INDISCRETIONS: AT THE INTERSECTION OF POSTCOLONIAL AND QUEER THEORY
>
>Editor: Murat Aydemir
>Book Series: Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex, and 'Race'
>Publisher: Rodopi (Amsterdam/New York)
>Series Editor: Ernst van Alphen
>Deadline for Proposals: April 1, 2005
>
>Ross Chambers' analysis of the gay sexual "tourism" of Roland Barthes, =
>both abroad and at home, stands as a challenge to those assuming that =
>the epistemological and political projects of queer theory and =
>postcolonialism are self-evidently governed by the same spirit, or =
>garner similar effects (Loiterature, 1999, 250-69). According to =
>Chambers, Barthes' anti-narratives of cruising, whether set in the =
>commercial district of Saint-Germain-de-Pr=E8s in Paris or in Morocco, =
>studiously "forget" the (post)colonial context that makes young Maghrebi =
>men available for the writer's melancholic and desirous scrutiny. The =
>dreary and hapless cruising detailed in "Soir=E9es de Paris" furnishes =
>an ongoing story that has no point, that remains pointless; the generous =
>Moroccan sexuality of "Incidents" delivers a series of pointed details =
>without a story. (Both texts are part of the posthumously published =
>collection Incidents, 1992.) The establishment of the urban everyday in =
>the former text and of the exotic in the latter, Chambers argues, are =
>both conditional on the foreclosure of the (post)colonial from bearing =
>on the practices and expressions of gay male desire. Thus, Barthes' =
>cruising in Paris and Morocco, Chambers concludes, requires "the double =
>forgetting of the colonial." (258)
>
>Chambers' analysis may be limited in that it concerns a specific (and =
>perhaps specifically gay male) practice. But Chambers' reading can also =
>be taken as exemplary in that it foregrounds a set of urgent questions. =
>Does the study of queerness, lesbian, gay, or other, implicitly mandate =
>not getting the (post)colonial point? Conversely, does (post)colonial =
>expertise require one to miss the queer point? And, how can the two be =
>productively and relevantly be recombined? Indiscretions: At the =
>Intersection of Postcolonial and Queer Theory proposes to take to task =
>both theoretical discourses in relation to each other, bearing in mind =
>that that relationship may be intimate, mirroring, conflict-ridden, =
>and/or mutually exclusive. As Chambers asks, "What =
>incidences-interactions, intersections, intrications, mutual =
>interruptions-join them?" (251)
>
>Such questions are especially pressing now that the exoticizing erotics =
>that Barthes exemplifies seem largely superseded by the new islamophobia =
>and racism of Europe (and The Netherlands in particular) that legitimize =
>themselves precisely by citing the attitudes towards (homo-)sexuality of =
>Islamic immigrants. At the same time, the institutionalization of queer =
>theory and postcolonialism as separate areas of specialization has =
>hampered academics in intervening intellectually and activistically in =
>today's heady concatenation of sexual and cultural issues. The =
>simultaneity of these developments forces a re-evaluation of the =
>pitfalls and possibilities of postcolonial and queer politics in =
>relation to each other.
>
>With its social as well as semiotic connotations, the titular notion of =
>"indiscretions" may serve as a productive pointer to access and organize =
>the discussion. Also, it invites contributors to be less than discreet =
>with their employment of the two bodies of theory at issue, intersecting =
>the one with the other. Indiscretions advocates the close analysis of =
>instances and aspects of culture in which
>-- discretionary power, the social authority to tell the difference, =
>renders discrete cultural and sexual identities, as well as in which =
>this power is haunted or enchanted by a potential for density, for =
>indiscretion, that eludes it;
>-- cultural and sexual identities and practices become discrete or =
>indiscrete in relation to each other;
>-- postcolonial and queer theory can grasp, render discreet and legible, =
>aspects of cultural and artistic texts, as well as of instances and =
>aspects in which they fail to do so;
>-- postcolonial and queer theory can render discrete and/or indiscrete =
>aspects of each other.
>
>Proposals for contributions to Indiscretions: At the Intersection of =
>Postcolonial and Queer Theory may be submitted by email =
>([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>) before April 1, 2005. =
>Include the proposal (600 words) in the body of the message. Use =
>"Indiscretions" as the subject line. Please include a short c.v. The =
>deadline for the finished articles (6,000-8,000 words) is September 1, =
>2005. All acceptances are conditional on the approval of the series =
>editor. For more information on the Thamyris/Intersecting series, refer =
>to www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?SerieID=3DTHAMYRIS=20
>

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