CfP for the Panel: (En)Gendering Identity: Gender in Culture, Education and Society, Lucca, 23 – 25 November 2017

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CALL FOR PAPERS

For the Panel:

(En)Gendering Identity: Gender in Culture, Education and Society

Panel proposed by Dr. Panayiota Chrysochou, The University of Cyprus

 

As part of

6th Euroacademia Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again

23 – 25 November 2017

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 15th of September 2017

Early Bird Deadline: 15th of August 2017

 

Panel Description:


In Judith Butler's highly influential and groundbreaking book 'Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity' (1990), Butler pokes fun at the notion that there is an 'original' gender to which we can ascribe, and playfully asserts that all gender is in fact scripted, rehearsed, and performed. To what extent can we challenge the notion that there is no fixed and gendered identity? Is it true to say that there is no such thing as real or true gender and/or that it is merely a constructed entity upon which implicit and invisible assumptions are heteronormatively entrenched in a patriarchal society? Can we really move beyond or outside gender and gendered constructions of identity? What are the stakes of eliding gender altogether? Is identity a fixed concept? Such questions become even more imperative nowadays given the growing politico-cultural tendency to assume that gender is an existing given which either can be singled out as a unique form of oppression or a systematized and neat classification in education, culture, and society at large. A case in point is the Universities UK's recent report which endorses gender segregation at university events.

 

This panel seeks to explore and address these issues in a number of ways. Broadly speaking, we welcome abstracts which engage with gender issues as documented in case studies, stories, on stage and in the literature, and particularly welcome papers which unsettle the fixed and divisive binary of 'subject/object', 'man/woman' and fixed notions of gender and identity politics.

 

The main topics to be addressed and covered include:

  •  Notions of gender and identity politics in literature and the performing arts
  • Gender dysphoria, gender reassignment and drag
  • Gender issues in higher education, culture, religion and society
  • Ways of destabilising notions of a fixed and gendered body and identity politics and/or potentially moving beyond or outside gender definitions
  • Gender and trauma

 

Please apply on-line using the electronic form on the conference website or submit by e-mail a titled abstracts of less than 300  words together with the details of your affiliation until 15th of September 2017 to application@euroacademia.org

 

If you are interested to apply, please see complete information about the conference and details for applicants at:

http://euroacademia.eu/conference/6th-forum-of-critical-studies/