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[Commlist] CFP: Stonewall 50: The Future of Global Queer Liberation Art & Media
Wed Jul 03 00:05:19 GMT 2019
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
Stonewall 50: The Future of Global Queer Liberation Art & Media
A symposium organized in conjunction with the Toronto Queer Film Festival
November 7 – 10
Proposal deadline: Tuesday, July 23. Submit proposals here.
Confirmed plenary speakers: Jasbir Puar, with more TBA
On Turtle Island, two key moments in 1969 are often cited as formative
moments in the development of LGBTQ rights on the continent: the
Stonewall Riots in New York, and the federal Criminal Code amendment in
Canada that decriminalized certain privatized sexual acts, often
articulated as the decriminalization of homosexuality.
Because 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of these two moments, both the
colonial states of the United States and Canada have been enacting their
own commemorations that aim to fold these events into larger mythologies
of a benevolent state granting rights to a fledgling minority. The
Canadian Government has released a commemorative coin, World Pride is
being held in New York City this year, and across Turtle Island pride
organizations, film festivals, and other queer institutions ran largely
by wealthy white cis gay male settlers are toeing the party line and
repeating the same story about 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the
birth of the LGBTQ rights movement in Canada and the United States.
We think this is bullshit.
Recent work by activists and scholars, particularly the Anti-69
collective, have noted that the Criminal Code amendment did not, in
fact, decriminalize homosexuality; instead, it made it legal to engage
in sodomy and buggery in private, subsequently giving the state the
political and judicial justification to crack down on these acts as they
occurred in public. Likewise, trans sex workers like Miss Major
continually remind us that the Stonewall Riots marked a moment when a
group made up of largely sex workers and trans women of colour were
tired of police raids on the bar and fought back against the state. In
the aftermath of the 1969 Criminal Code Amendment and the Stonewall
Riots, state violence against queers did not decline, as our governments
would like us to believe today -- in fact, it only increased.
We think it is time that this history, its mythologizing, and its
whitewashing, needs to be reckoned with.
In conjunction with the Toronto Queer Film Festival, we are seeking
participants for a symposium on the theme of Stonewall 50 that aims to
challenge the white settler mythologies of an LGBTQ rights movement and
reassert the necessity of global queer liberation art and media
practicesin our current political times.
As ever, TQFF’s mandate remains to decolonize queer and trans art and
media histories and practices. This symposium seeks projects that embody
the spirit of the legacy of the Stonewall riots against police violence
and/or center a commitment to decolonizing queer and trans liberation
histories, art, and media. We take the opportunity of the 50th
anniversary of Stonewall to not only reflect on where we have been, but
how we want to imagine queer and trans liberation art and media for the
next 50 years.
We are interested in contributions that think creatively about
Stonewall, about the idea of being “stonewalled” by the dominant cis
white settler queer institutions. To evoke Sara Ahmed: has Stonewall
stonewalled us? Has its centrality to our mythology and the whitewashing
of its history obscured the material radical roots of the queer
liberation movement and obscured the multiple ways queer movements have
emerged around the globe? How can we reclaim spaces and art lost to
homonormativity? How do we remember the legacy of Stonewall outside of
“progress” narratives? Things look very different now than they did a
half-century ago, but what does progress mean? Is it a straight line or
a pendulum? If things get “better,” do they get better for everyone?
We are interested in papers, workshops, roundtables, readings,
performances that critically engage and reckon with - through media and
the arts - the history of Stonewall as a brick-and-mortar institution,
as a site of origins, as an idea that structures queer cultural
imaginaries. We are also interested in proposals that envision the
present and futures of queer and trans resistance and liberation
movements. Topics could include, but are not limited to:
Decolonial and anti-colonial queer liberation media & art
Queer liberation art, media, and movements in the global south
DIY arts and criticism practices
Stonewall as a business and its historical trajectory from seedy
queer hole in the wall to verifiable tourist attraction
AIDS/HIV, especially centered around current and historical
intersectional care strategies
Disability activism and global queer liberation
“Queering” the acronyms, troubling the presumed solidarity between
lesbian, gay, trans, intersex, ace, queer, etc communities
Queer research creation and/or arts-based approaches to research and
Academic and cultural boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS)
While papers, roundtables, workshops, and other typical academic
conference formats are welcomed, we especially encourage more creative
formats including but not limited to: arts-based research, poetry,
performances, music, readings, and artist talks. As a symposium
organized with a film festival, we are particularly interested in
contributions that engage in some way with queer and trans media and/or
As a grassroots organization embedded within our communities, the
Toronto Queer Film Festival encourages contributions from folks across
our community – not just academics embedded within universities, but
also independent scholars, activists, artists, community members, and
other people with lived experience that would provide valuable
perspectives to discussions on global queer liberation art and media.
Everyone is welcome to apply. All participants will be paid and we will
be offering a small travel bursary for those outside of southern Ontario.
Please submit the following information via our online form
<https://forms.gle/Wu8r7XWJUncrfYPR9>by Tuesday, July 23
Institutional Affiliation (if applicable)
Presentation format (i.e. paper, roundtable, workshop, performance,
250 word abstract
Email address you can be contacted at
A brief justification for your travel bursary application (if
Accessibility & dietary needs
Individual papers and presentations should be no more than 20 minutes.
Roundtables, workshops, panels, should be no more than 1 hour and 45
minutes, including opportunity for Q&A.
Participants will be notified of their acceptance by mid-August.
ABOUT THE TORONTO QUEER FILM FESTIVAL
TQFF is organized by an ad-hoc collective of artists and arts
professionals who came together in 2016 to launch the Toronto Queer Film
Festival. We began this project out of an urgent need to provide screen
space in Toronto for media by and about marginalized queer and trans people.
We have three primary mandates:
1) to exhibit queer independent and experimental film and video art;
2) to support the production of alternative queer film and video art
through community-based arts education and professional development; and
3) to foster community engagement with the arts by welcoming all
attendees to our accessible venues with “pay what you can” pricing for
events, ASL interpretation, and closed captioning of all programs.
TQFF distinguishes itself from other Toronto cultural events that serve
the LGBT community by focusing on experimental time-based media that
challenges and expands social, political, and artistic conventions. Our
curatorial mandate is to centre the programming of work by and about
queer and trans people of colour, Indigenous people, and people with
disabilities, as well as the work of local artists, low-income, DIY
filmmakers, and emerging artists.
You can read more about the TQFF on our website:
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