Anglophone queer theories in the Italian context and dissident Italian thought

April 26-27 2017

University of Verona

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This is the first of five workshops sponsored by the Queer Italia Network, led by Dr Charlotte Ross (University of Birmingham), Julia Heim (CUNY) and SA Smythe (UCSC). The Queer Italia Network is the recipient of a 2016-2018 AHRC grant, and seeks to: build an international network of scholars, activists, and cultural practitioners, who will engage meaningfully with queer sexualities, identities, cultures, scholarship, and politics in Italy; focus on issues of critical theory and practice, with an aim of developing innovative theoretical approaches to queer questions; and reflect in depth on the key issues of language, interdisciplinarity, representation, performance, politics, identity, and migration across various platforms. 

The first workshop will be held at the University of Verona, in collaboration with Politesse. It will centre around the issues of theory and practice and will investigate the intersections and divergences of Anglo and Italian critical reflection regarding queer theory within Italy, and dissident Italian thought.

Some questions this workshop seeks to address are:

  1. How have Anglophone queer theories been received in Italy, and what queer perspectives and practices have developed in Italian culture?
  2. How might transnational dialogues foster larger academic, artistic, or social investigations and understandings of both the Anglophone and Italian queer contexts?
  3. How does art speak to or otherwise engage with queer theory within the Italian context?
  4. Are there intersections between activism and teaching within the Italian context when it comes to issues of queer theory and gender and sexuality studies?

The Queer Italia Network invites scholars, artists, and activists to submit paper proposals, artist statements, and performance ideas that in some way address, or call into question the issues above. The workshop will consist of various formats including but not limited to performances, roundtable discussions, and panels over the course of each day. The workshop will be in both English and Italian. Please submit an abstract or artist statement/proposal of 300-500 words, and an accompanying bio to: queeritalia@gmail.com by 15 November. There will be a few small awards available to postgraduate students whose proposal for a paper will be accepted. If interested, please note clearly in your bio that you will be requesting a postgraduate bursary.