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Queer Tentacles – Theory, Arts, Activism – Jyväskylä 23.–24.9.2022
The Society for Queer Studies in Finland (SQS) invites research contributions to a seminar on queer tentacles, onsite in Jyväskylä (Finland). We welcome suggestions for sessions/workshops AND individual papers. Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2022.

The figure of a tentacle suggests three interrelated ideas. First, we think of the lengthy and sustained reach of queer concepts, ideas and works over cultural, national and temporal borders, including the exchanges between arts, theory and activism. Second, we want to focus on the affective complexity of “feeling” these connections and their grasp. These include different, potentially new forms of embodiment or intimacy – as suggested not only by queer, trans, feminist, posthumanist and critical race theories but also by, for instance, speculative fictions, poetry and experimental artworks in different media. Third, we cherish the resilience, relentlessness and elasticity of queerness and queer themes and subjects: as a squid manages to grow a fresh tentacle to take the place of a severed one, queer is always returning in new forms. While queer theory has often focused on loss, grief and death, we would also like to reflect on the possibilities of (re)imagining new forms of queer lives and queer survival.

Keynote speakers:

JERICHO BROWN is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown's third poetry collection The Tradition (2019) was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award and the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.

SAM MCBEAN is Senior Lecturer in Gender, Sexuality, and Contemporary Culture at Queen Mary University of London. She is the author of Feminism’s Queer Temporalities (Routledge, 2016) and has published on feminist theory, queer theory, and contemporary literature and visual culture in journals including Feminist Review, Feminist Theory, Contemporary Literature, and new formations.

For any questions about the event and arrangements: sqstentacles22@gmail.com

Please note: The seminar will have a participation fee of 50 euros.
We will also accept abstracts ands session proposals in Finnish.
Submitted by: Finland
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23.09.2022 - 24.09.2022
Jyväskylä & online, Finland