CfP for the Panel: (En)Gendering Identity: Gender in Culture, Education and Society, 24 – 25 January 2020, Venice, Italy

Dorian Isone Discussion


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

The 8th Global Forum of Critical Studies

Asking Big Questions Again


24 - 25 January 2020

Venice, Italy


Deadline: 5th of December 2019


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.


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
  • The work of gay/lesbian or drag performance artists who do not form part of the white, male/female and heterosexual/heteronormative matrix
  • 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
  • Gender and Political Representation
  • Gendered Histories and Narratives
  • Gender and Post-Identity
  • Gender, Protest and Social Movements
  • Sexuality as a performative and identificatory construct or mode of identification
  • Gender, Power, Beauty and Expressivity


For complete information before applying see full details of the conference at:

You can apply on-line by completing the Application Form on the conference website or by sending a 300 words titled abstract together with the details of contact and affiliation until 5th of December 2019 at