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Deadline -1 October 2020 (23h59 Eastern).

The Queer Studies in Education and Culture (QSEC) Special Interest Group (SIG) warmly invites paper submissions for the 2021 CSSE Annual Meeting at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. Carrying forward QSEC’s 2020 theme of “Life on the Bridge,” which acknowledges how queer lives and knowledges have always been difficult to categorize according to dominant frames of being and knowing informed by colonialism and anti-Blackness, we also invite submissions in connection to the 2021 Congress theme of “Northern Relations,” particularly in relation to Northern queerness.

We welcome the decision by the 2020 Congress organizers to amend that year’s annual theme in recognition of the presence of anti-Black racism and racial profiling in Canadian academia, as evidenced in 2019 at UBC. Ongoing dialogues in 2020 around Black Lives Matter, Indigenous sovereignty and landback actions, and police violence urge a continued focus on this theme. Our 2021 QSEC theme, “Queer Relations and Relationalities,” explores how researchers and practitioners can unpack and address political, theoretical, and ideological divides. QSEC invites submissions that consider the ways in which queer and trans scholarship, artistic practice, and research creation might forge possibilities for queer/trans ways of knowing and being, and build bridges among epistemologies, pedagogies, research, communities, activisms, places, and praxes in ways that push gender and sexuality studies in education and culture forward. 

We seek proposals from a wide range of topics drawing on cross-cultural, historical, political, policy, comparative, temporal, geographical, and transdisciplinary perspectives. Along with traditional academic paper presentations, we encourage proposals for workshops, performance, storytelling, visual arts, audio arts, sound studies, and other alternative formats. If you have questions about a particular format, please contact the QSEC program co-chairs Andrew Campbell (ac211@queensu.ca) and Jacob DesRochers (jacob.desrochers@queensu.ca).