Rural Freaks: Marginalization, Liminality, and Queerness in Rural Spaces

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Call for Papers
February 18, 2016 to February 20, 2016
Arkansas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Human Rights, Popular Culture Studies, Rural History / Studies, Sexuality Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

 Abstract Proposals of 50-150 words due by 15 January 2016

Arkansas State University is hosting this Conference February 18-20, 2016

The mission of the conference is to bring awareness to identities and people that exist outside the metropolis and how their lives are shaped by their relegation to marginalized spaces.

We are now calling for panels and proposals on Rural Queerness and Gender Studies. While submissions focused on the conference theme are encouraged, all student scholarship related to women, gender, and sexuality more broadly will be considered for inclusion. Acceptances will ultimately depend on the availability of compatible presentations to form coherent panels. The conference encourages interdisciplinary involvement as well as undergraduate submissions. The Rural Freaks Conference on Marginalization, Liminality, and Queerness within Rural Spaces is an interdisciplinary conference dedicated to portraying the work of graduate and undergraduate students on a number of different themes and topics which include, but are not limited to:

histories of rural queerness, marginal/fringe rhetorics, black queerness, race and rural space, queer anarchy, alienation/cultural isolation, queer geography, sexual anxiety, sexual politics in rural areas, queer technology, rural queerness in popular culture, transgender and LGBT discourse, queerness in the Bible Belt, queerness and spatiality, rhetoric of the body, psychosexual identification in rural spaces, feminist rhetorics and philosophy, queerness and art, biology of difference, comparative queer literatures, human rights, deviance, violence, law, business/workplace environments, military, and family.

That being said, if your research does not focus on queerness and rurality or gender studies and sexuality, but fits within the broad range of areas designated for the conference, we still encourage you to submit an abstract.

 Faculty: Please forward this call to your colleagues, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

The submission deadline is January 15, 2016. Abstract proposals should be sent to Please include your name, school, classification, and major/area of emphasis within the email or document.

If you have any questions, please email

The conference will be held in Jonesboro, Arkansas, a city of 70,000, approximately 80 miles from Memphis International Airport. Visit the conference website at for directions, lodging, dining, and other information regarding Jonesboro along with updates regarding the details of the conference.



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