Pre-Conference CFP


Call For Papers:

Sexuality and Space Pre-Conference:

Making Queer Community in Times of Crisis and Resistance

New Orleans, Louisiana

April 9th, 2018

LGBT Community Center of New Orleans

2727 South Broad St., Suite 101

New Orleans, LA 70125

Emerging from the cultural turn in geography, the field of geographies of sexualities, well over twenty years old, has matured, taking on a host of themes such as queering spaces of migration (DasGupta, 2014; Gorman Murray, 2009; Lewis, 2014; Wimark, 2016), social reproduction (Andrucki, Henry, Mckithen & Stinard-Kiel, 2017); lesbian and transgender performativity within public and private spaces (Browne, 2007; Doan, 2007), geographic methods (Feliciantonio, Gadelha, and DasGupta, 2017) transgender experiences with carceral spaces (Rosenberg & Oswin, 2016), biopolitics (Knopp & Brown, 2007), and post-colonial cities (Banerjea, 2014; Oswin, 2010 & 2007).

To begin forging new agendas for our scholarship and activism, and inspired by the New Orleans setting, the Sexuality and Space Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers is organizing a one-day pre-conference in partnership with local queer and trans community groups. We envision a festive and collegial space for sharing ideas, making community, and strategizing for justice and equity within and beyond the discipline of Geography.

We call for original papers and panel submissions that further scholarship around the materiality of community and place-making at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, disability and citizenship status in the face of overlapping discourses and practices of hope, despair, and resistance. We wish to highlight questions of urban planetarity, critical urbanisms, precarity, queer ecologies and the connections between queer politics and movements for climate justice.

Registration is free and all are welcome to attend.

Keynote presentation to be announced!

Critical themes and questions include but are not limited to:

  1. Migration and mobilities at the intersections of race, religion, gender, and sexualities
  2. Queer and trans carceral spaces and practices of resistance
  3. Queer ecologies, climate change & climate justice
  4. Post-colonial cities, queer spaces, and new modes of geographic inquiry
  5. Making queer and trans community and kin

Send abstracts or proposals for short papers, presentations, workshops, and discussions to by March 2, 2018. ***You do not have to be attending the Annual Meeting of the AAG to attend this pre-conference***

Download the CPF here.