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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QP@CIRQUE in Pisa, Italy June 2019

Call for Papers

QP@CIRQUE, Pisa (Italy), June 28-30, 2019

This year, our scholarly network celebrated the ninth edition of the QP conference this year in Sydney and our book series with our dedicated publisher Peter Lang, Oxford is celebrating the imminent publication of Queering Paradigms VII: Contested Bodies and Spaces  (isbn 978-1-78874-529-1).

For 2019, we have teamed up with friends from Pisa, Italy from Queer Studies Centre CIRQUE (Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca Queer).

CIRQUE is organising its second conference on Performativity:  Pasts, Presents, and Futures in Pisa 28-30 June 2019

QP@CIRQUE will host a full parallel stream under its established broad Applied Queer Studies focus and look forward to bringing our QP-signature ethos of providing a genial and supportive space to researchers in all stages of their career.

We welcome paper proposals (20mind+10mins discussion) and panel proposal (4papers)

It would be great if submissions could the broad umbrella of

Queering: Within and Beyond LGBTI performativity

Possible sessions could (but do not need to) address

  • Intersectional Performativity & Performance
  • Queering Religion and Spirituality
  • Queering Race and Ethnicity
  • Queering (Late-, Neo-, Post) Marxism
  • Queering Socio-Economic Status
  • Trans-Queer Feminism
  • Queer-Intersex
  • Queering Citizenship
  • Queering Biology
  • Queering Psychology
  • Queering Social Work
  • Queer (A)Historicism
  • Queering Visual Culture(s)
  • Academic Queers and Queering Academia
  • Queer Utopias and Futures
  • Queer/ing Realities in the Global South

Please send your 200-300 word abstract (Papers) or 1200-1500 word panel description to by 31 January 2019 (but not later than 11 February 2019).

There are several publication options and possibilities for papers after the conference, including an edited QP volume(Oxford: Peter Lang) and  CIRQUE’s new journal Whatever.

CIRQUE will ask for a registration fee of Euro 150 for tenured faculty, Euro 75 for everyone else. All meals will be vegan.

For travel and registration information please refer to

and contact for for any queries on the practicalities.

Spread the word! We are looking forward to seeing you in Pisa.


Prof. Bee Scherer, PhD (Director, INCISE)

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Auga (INCISE Visiting Professor & President, IARG)

Patrick de Vries, PhD MSc (INCISE)

Dan Thorpe, MA PGCE BA(hons) (INCISE)

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QP8: Chechnya – Monologue of a Survivor — Elena Kostyuchenko

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A quick look at Queering Paradigms 9 at the University of Sydney through Tweets

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Queering Paradigms 9 Welcome Address by Professor Bee Scherer

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