CFP: Beyond Homophobia: Navigating the State (JAMAICA), January 25-26, 2019 (Extended Deadline October 31, 2018)

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Beyond Homophobia: Navigating the State

January 25-26, 2019

The University of the West Indies Mona’s Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work, Institute of Caribbean Studies, Faculty of Law, and J-FLAG, Jamaicans for Justice, and the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition are pleased to announce the second biennial Beyond Homophobia conference at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

This conference will focus on how LGBTQ individuals and communities position themselves vis-à-vis Caribbean governments with the theme Beyond Homophobia: Navigating the State. Given the recent victory for LGBTQ rights in Trinidad & Tobago, what appears to be a Jamaica Labour Party about-face on the place of LGBTQ in the highest political offices, and the British Prime Minister’s recent support for Commonwealth governments’ repeal of their sodomy laws, exploring how LGBTQ individuals and communities negotiate spaces vis-à-vis the state seems particularly timely.

We therefore invite contributions that explore any permutation of the following questions:

  • How have LGBTQ people—activists and non-activists alike—navigated their relationship to Caribbean states, in the past and in the present?
  • What tools/methods have been used in locating LGBTQ people/communities vis-à-vis Caribbean states and their legal regimes?
  • How do LGBTQ people understand themselves as members of states that reject them as full citizens?
  • How have Caribbean states responded to the presence of LGBTQ people/communities?
  • How and/or why have Caribbean states’ responses changed over time?
  • Which organs of the state have LGBTQ people/communities had the most and the least success engaging?
  • What is the relevance of the Belize and Trinidad & Tobago decisions to the wider Caribbean community?
  • What is the role of international organisations (if any) in negotiations with the state?
  • Do pronouncements by political actors (like the Jamaican and British Prime Ministers’) affect the lived experiences and/or strategizing of LGBTQ people/communities?
  • How have LGBTQ persons navigated spaces such as correctional facilities, educational institutions, health facilities, etc.?
  • What is the future of LGBTQ people’s/communities’ relationship with the state?
  • Other questions related to the theme

 

In keeping with our commitment to extending Beyond Homophobia’s remit beyond the academy, we emphasise that these and other questions can be answered in a variety of ways–scholarly research and theorisation engaging any academic discipline(s), artistic representations, applied research, activist reports–or a combination of any of these. Academics (students and staff), artists, activists, artivists, policymakers, policy implementers and other interested persons are welcome. We also stress that we welcome contributions from all Caribbean countries, in any language.

Papers

Abstracts for individual papers should be no more than 250 words and should list title, presenter name, organisational affiliation (if any), email address and a maximum of 5 keywords. Presentations will be no more than 20 minutes long.

Roundtables/panels

Roundtables or panels should include 3-4 papers. An abstract of no more than 100 words for the roundtable/panel should be provided, along with a title and a list of presenters. In addition, abstracts of no more than 250 words for each presentation, with title, presenter name, organisational affiliation (if any), email address and a maximum of 5 keywords, should be provided.

Workshops

Proposals for workshops should be no more than 250 words and should include the title, list of participants, their organisational affiliation (if any), email addresses and a maximum of 5 keywords.

Artistic presentations

Proposals for artistic presentations should be no more than 250 words, include a title, presenter name, organisational affiliation (if any), email address, a maximum of 5 keywords, and state clearly the requirements for staging the work.

 

Abstracts and proposals should be sent to beyondhomophobia@gmail.com by October 31, 2018.