Cancellation of QP 2020 in Kyoto

Dear QP friends,

Unfortunately,  we have to cancel the QP colloquium in Kyoto (planned for May 2020) due to the ongoing global pandemic of Covid-19.

We hope we get to see all of you in the not too distant future at one of our next Queering Paradigms conferences. We will keep you updated through our website and our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Please stay tuned.

Keep safe, healthy, and in queer solidarity with each other in these difficult times!

With best wishes,

The QP Team


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Announcing: QP 2020 Colloquium in Kyōto (Japan)

It our great pleasure to announce this year’s QP conference.

QP 2020 will take the shape of an intimate colloquium at

Ryūkoku University, Kyōto, Japan

22-24 May 2020.

The colloquium’s theme will be “Queering Religion and Culture” with a local focus on East Asia.

Confirmed international key guest speakers include Kathleen McPhillips (Newcastle, Australia) and Naomi Goldenberg (Ottawa).

The colloquium is envisioned to be small scale with minimal logistic support. Therefore, regrettably, any QPers old and new wishing to participate will need to make all their arrangements independently.

Paper proposals (short bios and abstracts up to 300 words) can be sent to
info (at) until 10 April.

More information will follow in due course.

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Janet Melville-Wiseman at QP@CIRQUE in Pisa – Elusive Tensions in Everyday Relationship Based Social Work

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Queering Paradigms VIII Queer-Feminist Solidarity and the East/West Divide

Queering Paradigms is proud to announce the publication of the latest, substantial volume in the Queering Paradigms Book Series, focussing on Queer Post-Sovjet Spaces.



Edited By Katharina Wiedlack, Saltanat Shoshanova and Masha Godovananya

Series editor: Professor Bee Scherer
Available from Peter Lang Oxford

Queering Paradigms VIII brings together critical discourses on queer-feminist solidarity between Western, post-Soviet and post-socialist contexts. It highlights transnational solidarity efforts against homophobia, transphobia and misogyny. It engages grass-roots activists and community organizers in a conversation with scholars, and shows that the lines between these categories are blurry and that queer theorists and analysts are to be found in all spheres of queer-feminist culture. It highlights that queer paradigms and theories are born in street protests, in community spaces, in private spheres, through art and culture as well as in academia, and that the different contexts speak to each other.

This anthology presents some of the radical approaches that emerge at the intersection of activism, community organizing, art and academia, through transnational exchange, migration and collaborations. It is a celebration of alliances and solidarities between activism, community building, art, culture and academic knowledge production. Yet, the collected work also brings forward the necessary critique of Western hegemonies involved in contemporary queer-feminist solidarity activism and theory between the ‘East’ and ‘West.’ It is an important thinking about, thinking through and thinking in solidarity and the East/West divide, setting new impulses to fight oppression in all its forms.

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Jen Kaighin at QP@CIRQUE in Pisa – The Day Jaimie Came to Class

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Elisaveta Dvorakk at QP@CIRQUE in Pisa – Theorising Journalistic Travel Photography: Political and Performative Aesthetics of the Documentary

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Katrin Burja at QP@CIRQUE in Pisa: „Queer Anthropology of Ambiguity“

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Keynote speech by Ulrike Auga at QP@CIRQUE in Pisa, Italy – Sexual Violence and the Performance of Agency: Complicating Discourses on Religion, Gender and Migration

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QP in Focus: Revoke Ideology by Alipio de Sousa

Translated by Jennifer Sarah Cooper
Series editor: Professor Bee Scherer
Available from Peter Lang Oxford

In these crooked times of chaotic and contradictory discourses in every social sphere, from politics to food production, “ideology” has become the buzzword to represent some solid structure on which to cling or under which to recoil, in an effort to understand reality. But how this structure is built and what it ultimately upholds – this is a primary focus of the Human Sciences. In this book, the author argues that in the Human Sciences, from its founders to contemporaries, a common premise is apparent: the fundamental property of all human-social reality is its character as something constructed. Through a vast set of analyses and reflections of his own, and by philosophers, psychologists, psychoanalysts, sociologists, anthropologists, neuroscientists and linguists, the author shows how this premise, applied, which he coins as critical constructionist theory, constitutes the fundamental theory of the Human Sciences. The book also traces how the main development of this theory gave rise to critical deconstructionism – philosophical, sociological, and anthropological – as an analytical procedure in contemporary studies and research, valid in discussions on culture, ethics, human rights, gender, sexuality and ethnicities. Understanding the role ideology plays in this construction, then, is key to liberation from oppressive conceptual structures of reality. This book exposes that role.

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QP@CIRQUE a Photographic Impression of the Conference in Pisa, Italy – Performativity: Pasts, Presents and Futures

This year, Queering Paradigms joined forces with CIRQUE (Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca Queer – Interdisciplinary Queer Research Centre) at the University of Pisa in Italy.

The conference started with welcome speeches and a viewing of the impressive film by director Adele Tulli Undoing Normal: Notes on audiovisual strategies of subversive repetition 

The next day Luca Greco gave his keynote Bodies that Touch and Move: Toward an Embodied and an Experiential Conception of Performativity.

After the keynote, the conference split into parallel sessions.

The first two QP presentations were by Dan Thorpe, and Leonardo Raznovich, both part of the Intersectional Centre for Inclusion and Social Justice (INCISE) at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Dan spoke on Disability: Contemporary Realities to Imagined Futures and Leo’s paper was on Crossed Justice: LGBT Rights and Religious Gatekeepers

After a short coffee break, Katharina Wiedlack gave a paper on solidarity between Queer Communities in the East and West: Labor of Love? Performing Queer Solidarity beyond the East/West divide.

Elena Kiesling followed by her presentation on The Limits of Queer Performativity

Elisaveta Dvorakk talked about the work of Annemarie Schwarzenbach in her paper titled: Theorising Journalistic Travel Photography. Political and Performative Aesthetics of the Documentary

Moisés de Figueiredo Guimarães, supported by his supervisor Ricardo Rohm, gave a paper about trans representation Trans Bodies in the Brazilian Theatrical Scene: Dialogue and Intersections in Three Plays

The day was concluded by a wonderful social dinner in the gardens of Centro Congressi “Le Benedettine” a former monastery, now part of the University of Pisa.

Antke Engel opened the next day with her keynote titled Performing Conflict: Acknowledging Heterogeneity through Practicing Queerversity

In the following QP session, Tanya Halldórsdóttir gave a talk on Queering Segregated Spaces: Performing Gender in Yemen, Katrin Burja presented on the Protestant Church in Germany Queer Anthropology of Ambiguity and Bee Scherer (founder of the QP network and director of INCISE) gave a presentation on Trans* and Buddhism: Towards Liberatory Practices

Janet Melville-Wiseman and Jenny Kaighin gave talks from a social work perspective with their presentations Elusive Tensions in Everyday Relationship-based Social Work and The Day Jaimie Came to Class: A Critical Reflection on Creating Queer Learning Spaces That are Challenging but also Safe

Luis Quiros and Guisela Marroquin finally delivered an applied social justice workshop with the title Justice Unplugged

On the last day of the conference, Ulrike Auga (INCISE) delivered the third and final keynote with a particularly rich and stimulating exploration of the intersections of violence, gender, sexualities, faith and migration entitled Sexual Violence and the Performance of Agency: Complicating Discourses on Religion, Gender and Migration.

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