This panel seeks empirical and theoretical contributions that recognize the tensions, feelings, and potentialities of experiences by folks who identify as queer and/or nonnormative, whose experiences also collide and collude with the educational, cultural, and political aspects of their social locations.
Our intention for this conversation is to offer a space of provocation and refuge to those who persistently emerge from, who ongoingly defend and carefully escape to, the queer outside. Inspired by the work of Fred Moten and Stefano Harney in The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, our vision is to gather and drift together into the queer outside. Like the undercommons, the queer outside is always here. It is our insistence to become incomplete, unsurrounded by the routined performatives of identities set up and forth by the impulse of the neoliberal university. Sharing in this insistence, we want to build on our capacity to listen to each other, to feel in plain sight “what was previously othered and othered within,” as Bobby Benedicto once wrote. We want to take cue from the wisdom of our queer elders’ everyday life, and equally important, from us, students, alums, teachers, administrators: frontlining the queer work of “refusing to be for or against the university.” We hope to cultivate our conversation by finding ways to hold this tension and making the matter of queer and racialized life central to the constant realization of the queer outside.
Please submit a 250-word abstract with a brief bio using the NeMLA website (https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html). Abstracts are due by Sept 30. Accepted submissions will be notified by October 15.
NeMLA's 55th Annual Convention is:
March 7-10, 2024
SURPLUS is the keyword for 2024 NeMLA convention for critical and creative work that, in addition to the commonly associated meanings of profit and value, can be more broadly construed as excess or excessive, as surfeit, or what is leftover, or unwanted: an excess of emotions (anger, fear, passion, desire), for example; or surplus time (leisure or its absence); or populations rendered “surplus”—migrants, the marginalized, the unemployed, the incarcerated.
Claudia C. Lodia, PhD., Lecturer Faculty, Asian American Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University