Queer Film and Television, Film and History Conference

Country: USA

City: Madison

Abstr. due: 01.06.2015

Dates: 05.11.15 — 08.11.15

Area Of Sciences: Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail: bkies@uwm.edu

Organizers: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


In Making Things Perfectly Queer, Alexander Doty argues that queerness is a “reception practice that is shared by all sorts of people in varying degrees of consistency and intensity” including those who do not traditionally identify as queer (1993, 4).  Doty’s understanding of queerness seems at odds with other definitions of the term that position it as detour or breakdown: in opposition to normativity (Warner, 1999); without futurity (Edelman, 2003); sideways (Stockton, 2009).  In order to study queer film and television, we must begin by acknowledging that the term queer itself has had many journeys, detours, and breakdowns.

This area invites 20-minute papers that investigate queer film and television through the conference theme of “Journeys, Detours, and Breakdowns.”  Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conflicting representations of LGBT+/queer identities within queer film/TV or mainstream media
  • Depictions of political struggles for equality and acceptance in film/TV
  • Coming out journeys
  • Industrial practices that impede or encourage the development of queer films, film festivals, television series, and television networks
  • Reception and audience practices that disrupt or alter intended meanings of film/TV

Conference Web-Site: http://filmandhistory.org/conference/2015/CFP/Queer_Film.php