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2nd and 3rd November, 2017, Brock University

“Queer Canada”

People of Colour have already begun a body of writing and scholarship engaging with the meaning of Canada as a “queer place in Diaspora” (Walcott 2005: 90). “Queer Canada” will be a two-day conference of scholars, students, community members, artists, and activists at Brock University coming together to examine the various intersections between and implications of nation-state identity and queerness. In 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marched in several Pride parades across Canada. This occurred against the backdrop of the “Black Lives Matter” protest at Toronto Pride Parade as well as the decision of several groups not to march in Pride in Vancouver. Notably, there was also the mobilization of Alternative Pride events with aims of creating “a new kind of inclusivity”. Also, in 2016, in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, it was announced that the Trudeau government would accept 25,000 refugees into Canada, but only if they came as whole families, lone women, or children. Excluded were unaccompanied men as part of this resettlement, except for those who were gay, bisexual, or transsexual. These events demand that we revisit and reconsider the relationship between queerness and nation at our current historical juncture.

We invite proposals for critical and creative presentations. Possible themes include, but are not limited to: writing and rewriting the nation; queer diasporas; homonationalisms; queer art and literature; queer theatre in Canada; politics and resistance; queer histories; archives and representations; queer time; queer space; trans-subjectivities; trans families, groups, and affiliations, queer indigeneity; bodily transformation; law and the body; embodied queer thought; utopias and dystopias; decolonizing time; queerness on TV; philosophies of queerness; queering feminism; International and transnational connections and activism; future visions

Proposals for individual papers, presentations, or panels from all disciplines, covering any aspect of Queer Canada’s past, present or future are welcomed. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and may be sent to Natalee Caple, Department of English Language & Literature (ncaple@brocku.ca) before May 1, 2017. Please attach a 50-word biography to your submission. Hardcopy proposals should be sent to: Professor Natalee
Caple, c/o The Department of English Language & Literature, Brock University, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, ON L2S3A1



-All venues are wheelchair accessible

-Brock students are free (and do NOT need to register)

-Information on travel to Brock (1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, ON): https://brocku.ca/contact

-Hotel option 1: Four Points By Sheraton: http://www.fourpointsstcatharines.com/ (a 5-10 minute walk to the university, which is where events will be held on the 2nd)

-Hotel option 2: Holiday Inn: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/st-catharines/ycmsa/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-HI-_-CA-_-YCMSA (near events on the 3rd)

-Please register for Dionne Brand's keynote (free) in addition to the conference itself so that we can keep track of the numbers



Day 1: Thursday, November 2

Venue: Pond Inlet, Brock University

8:00am – 8:30 - Conference Registration

8:30 – 9:00am - Welcome

9:00 – 10:30 am—Panel 1 Queer citizenship, Migration and the State

Chair: TBA

Ezequiel Martin-Calero (University of Guelph) “The Influence of Multiculturalism in Canadian National Identity”

Trevor Corkum (University of Toronto) “Nowhere Over the Rainbow: Queer Citizenship and Sexual Minority International Students in Toronto”

Zoe Easton (Trent University)"Chechen Internment Camps: The Violence of Inaction"

Jobin Philip (Ryerson University) "Questioning Sanctuary: An Intersectional Examination of Queer Refugee Settlement in Toronto"

10:45 – 12:15—Panel 2 Queer Politics, Progress and Perils

Chair: Dolana Mogadime

Sharlee Cranston-Reimer (Brock University) “Progress in relation to what?”: Rhetorics of “Equality” in Discussions of LGBTQ+ Liberation in Canada

OmiSoore H. Dryden (Laurentian University) “Black Queer Lives: The rupture of Anti-Black Health Research in Canada”

Beverly Bain (University of Toronto) “The Black Women’s Collective and Sister Vision Press: A Legacy of Black Queer Diasporic Caribbean Feminist Political and Literary Interventions into the Canadian Nation State.”

Hannah Collins (Trent University) “Separation and Space: Making the Case for Bisexual Separatism”

12:15 – 1:30 – Lunch

1:30 – 3:00—Panel 3 Toronto Pride: Space, Race, Politics

Chair: Beverly Bain

Ryan Persadie (University of Toronto) “Queering the Fête: the Politics of Belonging, Anglo-Caribbean Identity and Sexual Difference”

R. Cassandra Lord (University of Toronto) We Have Always Been Here: Pelau MasQUEERade Disturbing Toronto Pride History”

Christopher G. Smith (University of Toronto) “From T.Dot to London Town and Beyond: “Black Pride” in a Transnational Comparative Perspective”

3:15 – 4:45—Panel 4 Queer(ing) Archives

Chair: Tamara El-Hoss

Cait P. Jones (Trent University) "'Want to see me disco?': The Lost Archives of Queer Joy"

Callie Metler (Trent University) "Wounding and Archiving: Creating Publics in Alison Bechdel's Funhome and Are You My Mother?"

Neta Gordon (Brock University) “Putting Ann-Marie MacDonald in the closet: The Reception of Adult Onset

Brian Dedora (Writer) “1970s Primary Source: Low Hangin' Fruits”

5:00 – 6:00pm – Keynote Session

Chair: Spy Dénommé-Welch

Gregory Scofield (Laurentian University) "You Can Always Count On An Anthropologist to Set You Straight, Crooked or Somewhere In Between"

9pm- Queer Dance Party!

Day 2: Friday, November 3

Venue: Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

9:00 – 10:30 am—Panels 5 Embodiment and Erotics

Chair: Margot Francis

Craig Jennex (McMaster University) “'A Fag Like Me': Sounding Audiotopia in a Xenophobic Canada"

Rachel Lallouz (University of Victoria) “A real rotten fruit: How performance artist and electronic musician Peaches enacts the nasty woman using the queer erotic”

Sonny Dhoot, (University of Toronto) "Racial Capital in Queer Erotic Lives"

10:45 – 11:45 am—Keynote Session

Chair: OmiSoore H. Dryden

Rinaldo Walcott (WGSI, University of Toronto) “Black Queer Life in the Ruins of the Body Politic and Queer Institutionality”

11:45 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 pm—Panel 6 Television and Film

Chair: Christie Milliken

Tomek Sikora (University of Cracow) “Queering virological imaginaries in Canadian film”

Jonathan Petrychyn (York University) “Sticky Laws, Sticky Films: Affective Economies of Queer Film Festivals and the Manitoba Human Rights Code, 1987”

Marie-Pierre Daigle (University of Ottawa) & Sanita Fejzic (Carleton University) “Triumphant Homopositivity: From Amazons to The L Word”

3:00 – 4:30—Panel 7 Queer Elsewheres: Literary Narratives

Chair: Neta Gordon

Andrew McEwan (Brock University) “Lunarian Autobiographies”

Paul Chafe (Ryerson University) “'If anyone named it, you could unname it': Queering Place in Contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador Literature"

Katrina Sellinger (University of British Columbia) “Nothing here have no name”: The Un/naming of Queerness in Dionne Brand’s In Another Place, Not Here

Sanchari Sur (Wilfrid Laurier University) "Fluid Masculinities: Male and Female Gender Identities in Shani Mootoo’s Valmiki’s Daughter"

4:30-6:00pm Dinner Break

6:00– 8:30 pm – Reception and Closing Keynote

(Hosted in Association with the St Catharines Festival of Readers)

Venue: Niagara Artists Centre

Chair: Ronald Cummings

Dionne Brand “Readings in Theory, A Novel"

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