[csaa-forum] CFP: After 'Homosexual': The Legacy of Gay Liberation

Mark Pendleton M.Pendleton at latrobe.edu.au
Thu Jun 16 11:51:06 CST 2011

Dear all,

Please find below details of an international conference to be held in Melbourne in February, 2012 to mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of Dennis Altman's 'Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation'.

I hope to see some of you there.

Best wishes,

Mark Pendleton

After Homosexual: The Legacy of Gay Liberation
An International Conference
2-4 February 2012
Melbourne, Australia

Hosted by the Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Program at La Trobe University
In conjunction with the Australian Lesbian & Gay Archives and Midsumma

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Jeffrey Weeks, London Southbank University
Additional speakers to be confirmed

Forty years ago, a young Australian expat living in the USA synthesised the politics of the emerging gay liberation movement in a provocative book called Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation. Described by the New York Times then as ‘the one to read’ and consistently ranked as one of the most influential books about homosexuality in the English language, Homosexual marked a significant milestone in the development of gay and lesbian politics and served a key role in the personal development of many people. It has been reprinted multiple times and translated into several languages. The book’s author, Dennis Altman, went on to have a career as one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals, an important writer on US politics, Australia/US relations, the politics of HIV/AIDS, and studies of sexuality, particularly in Asia and the Pacific.

In recognition of the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Homosexual and to mark Professor Altman's retirement, this international conference will bring together leading and emerging scholars to reflect on the impact of Homosexual and the legacy of gay liberation. The conference organising committee is calling for paper and panel proposals on questions relating to:

- Homosexual's publication and reception
- the political philosophy of gay liberation
- the relationship between queer theory and gay and lesbian studies
- literature of oppression and liberation
- gender and sexual politics
- gay liberation's connections to other social movements (such as feminism, socialism, anti-racism and the counterculture)
- transgender movements and gay liberation
- the relationship between academia and activism
- the politics of identity, then and now
- contemporary gender and sexuality movements
- other topics related to Homosexual or the legacy of gay liberation

The conference organisers plan to publish selected conference papers in a special issue of a leading academic journal.

Abstracts of 200 words are due by 5 August 2011. All abstracts will be reviewed by the conference committee. Unfortunately at this time there are no funds to assist conference attendees with their expenses.

For further details or to submit abstracts, please contact Mark Pendleton at m.pendleton at latrobe.edu.au

After Homosexual Conference Committee
(Dr Carolyn D'Cruz, Dr Graham Willett, Mark Pendleton, Dr Michael Connors)

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