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Vitally Queer: Biologies, death-in-life, and other animations

Deadline: March 29, 2011

***   Call for Papers: American Anthropological Association Meetings,
November 16-20th, 2011, Montréal  ***

Vitally Queer: Biologies, death-in-life, and other animations
Organizers:  Shaka McGlotten (SUNY, Purchase) & Chris Roebuck (UC Berkeley)

This panel takes up the troubled and troubling boundaries between
queerness and life. We look to the vital traces of queerness in life
and in death. Queerness has often been aligned with death: it decays
and corrupts when not simply made equivalent with death, as with AIDS
or the failure to reproduce. And yet queerness has also generated new
forms of sociality and practices of life, in and through sex,
biologized and non-biologized kin-making, direct or lateral political
activity. We ask, how is queerness as a form of identification, a mode
of relationality, a series of practices life-making, and indeed
world-making? How do queer biologies variously participate in forms of
human life-making that include and resist procreative sexual
dimorphism? How might queerness, and the diverse bodies variously
glommed onto such an assemblage, be re-signified as molecularly and
ecologically animating? In what ways do the anti-social, impersonal,
and destructive elements of queer life and death suggest a vitalizing
death-in-life? We are especially interested in some of the following
actors and artifacts: chimeras, cyborgs, zombies, avatars, viruses,
animals and transspeciations, dead or dying bodies, among multiple
others. Our concepts and analytics draw upon Deleuze and Foucault,
Margulis and Sagan, Haraway and Puar, Nietzsche and Bergson, and
others.  Our goal is to propose queer as a generative and vital force,
creating bodies, lives, and forms of sociality in spaces that might
otherwise be termed the unlivable, the unviable, the impossible.  The
stakes are high in these worlds: too many queer and trans lives are
extinguished, threatened with violence, and dwell in zones of
precarity and vulnerability. And if indeed we find ourselves
inhabiting an era of biopower in which making live is a modality
though which power is exercised, how might queers harness this force
with counter aims and objectives, different targets and objects?  In
what ways might queerness have always been constitutive of a power of,
and over, life?

If you are interested in contributing a paper, please contact Chris
Roebuck (chris.roebuck@berkeley.edu) and Shaka McGlotten
shaka.mcglotten@gmail.com) as soon as possible, and by MARCH 29, we
look forward to receiving your abstract of 250-300 words and short
author bio.

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chris roebuck, m.p.h.
doctoral candidate
joint medical anthropology program
critical studies of science, medicine, and the body
uc berkeley and uc san francisco
232 kroeber hall
berkeley, ca 94720-3710


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