Panel proposed by Dr. Panayiota Chrysochou, The University of Cyprus
As part of the Fourth International Conference
‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’
Venice, Italy on 4th and 5th of March 2016
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 15th of January 2016
In Judith Butler’s highly influential and groundbreaking book ‘Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity’ (1990), Butler pokes fun at the notion that there is an ‘original’ gender to which we can ascribe, and playfully asserts that all gender is in fact scripted, rehearsed, and performed. To what extent can we challenge the notion that there is no fixed and gendered identity? Is it true to say that there is no such thing as real or true gender and/or that it is merely a constructed entity upon which implicit and invisible assumptions are heteronormatively entrenched in a patriarchal society? Can we really move beyond or outside gender and gendered constructions of identity? What are the stakes of eliding gender altogether? Is identity a fixed concept? Such questions become even more imperative nowadays given the growing politico-cultural tendency to assume that gender is an existing given which either can be singled out as a unique form of oppression or a systematized and neat classification in education, culture, and society at large. A case in point is the Universities UK’s recent report which endorses gender segregation at university events.
This panel seeks to explore and address these issues in a number of ways. Broadly speaking, we welcome abstracts which engage with gender issues as documented in case studies, stories, on stage and in the literature, and particularly welcome papers which unsettle the fixed and divisive binary of ‘subject/object’, ‘man/woman’ and fixed notions of gender and identity politics.
The main topics to be addressed and covered include:
• Notions of gender and identity politics in literature and the performing arts
• Gender dysphoria, gender reassignment and drag
• Gender issues in higher education, culture, religion and society
• Ways of destabilising notions of a fixed and gendered body and identity politics and/or potentially moving beyond or outside gender definitions
• Gender and trauma
If interested in participating, please read the complete details on the conference website and apply on-line or send a maximum 300 words abstract together with the details of your affiliation until 15th of January 2016 at firstname.lastname@example.org
For full details of the conference and on-line application please see: