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After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and Scholarship

Conference Date: October 1-2, 2016 | Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC

Hosted by CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, NYU.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Proposal Deadline: May 7, 2016 May 21, 2016.

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution provides same-sex couples the civil right to marry. After the ruling, rainbow memes and #lovewins hashtags flooded the internet. But in addition to the celebration, we also began to hear more about what activists and academics have been saying for decades—that LGBTQ politics is about #morethanmarriage.

The marriage equality campaign has been criticized for limiting LGBTQ political mobilization within a narrow “homonormative” framework, making invisible all of the many pressing issues that impact diverse LGBTQ-identified individuals. Since the ruling, donations to some LGBTQ organizations have declined, and longstanding organizations have shut down.

There is an urgent need for a major public conversation about this turning point in LGBTQ politics. This conference will convene such a conversation, raising the profile of the countless similar conversations already unfolding among activists, funders, and academics in order to explore possible agendas for LGBTQ politics and scholarship after marriage.

The two-day conference will feature plenary roundtable conversations among both established and rising figures in LGBTQ politics and scholarship. The conference will also feature break-out sessions for which we are currently accepting proposals. We invite proposals for traditional academic presentations, less formal roundtable contributions, as well as wholly constituted panels, roundtables, and workshops.

We especially encourage submissions that grapple with the future of LGBTQ scholarship and/or politics from intersectional and critical perspectives. We ask all submissions to respond in some way to the specificity of this moment: How does the arrival of legal marriage equality reshape—or not—the issue you propose to discuss?

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Submit questions and proposals via email to conference organizers:

Proposals for individual submissions should include:
An abstract of 500-1,000 words, which should include a brief description of the presentation’s content and format (academic presentation, informal roundtable contribution, etc.), and a rationale for inclusion in this conference. This should be accompanied by a short biography of the presenter (100 words or less).

Proposals for wholly constituted panels, roundtables, or workshops must include:
A brief description of the session as a whole (150 words or less), and an abstract of no more than 500 words for each proposed presentation. Each abstract should include a brief description of the individual presentation’s content and format. Please also provide each presenter’s biography (100 words or less). This proposal should also include a rationale for inclusion of this panel/roundtable/workshop in the conference.

For wholly constituted panels, roundtables, and workshops we strongly encourage collaboration between activists and academics.

Submit questions via email to conference organizers: