“Our bodies are also occupied territories. Perhaps the ultimate goal of performance, especially if you are a woman, gay or a person ‘of color,’ is to decolonize our bodies and make these decolonizing mechanisms apparent to our audience in the hope that they will get inspired to do the same with their own.” -Guillermo Gómez-Peña

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Call for Papers: Queering Ireland 2011: Coming Out in Contemporary Ireland

Call for Papers: Queering Ireland 2011: Coming Out in Contemporary Ireland

An International Interdisciplinary Conference
July 25/26th 2011
University College, Cork

Despite, or perhaps because of, the continuing growth of Queer Studies, it remains unclear whether the term contributes to or occludes the struggle for LGBT rights in an Irish context. Given the still considerable obstacles to equality in Irish society, can the Queering Ireland project justifiably focus on queerness as a hermeneutic of disturbance without unwittingly shifting the focus back on to an interrogation of normative heterosexuality? Can the two projects, LGBT rights and Queering Ireland, be conceived together? Should they be held apart? At the final roundtable discussion at Queering Ireland (2009), it was agreed that more work needed to be done on the material struggle for equality and recognition among the LGBT communities in Ireland as a counterweight to the aims of the broader project. To that end, papers are invited that discuss all aspects of that struggle, placing especial emphasis on the obstacles, institutional and otherwise, that continue to discriminate against ‘non-normative’ sexualities in Ireland. What is the significance of the passing of the recent Civil Partnerships Bill, for example, or the coming out of Donal Óg Cusack as an openly gay member of the Gaelic Athletic Association?What are the costs, psychological, financial and otherwise, of coming out in contemporary Ireland? Or of deciding not to? How has the Celtic Tiger contributed to the LGBT struggle, if at all? We welcome papers on these issues as well as on Queering Ireland and the Law, Queer performance and the Irish stage, and on Contemporary popular culture and notions of queerness.

Proposal of no more than 500 words (or one page) to be sent to Éibhear Walshe AND
Seán Kennedy:
Éibhear Walshe – e.walshe(at)
Seán Kennedy – sean.kennedy(at)
by December 10th, 2010.

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