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Queering Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies

University of Birmingham
Arts and Law, Research
Friday 5th (00:00) - Saturday 6th May 2017 (23:59)

For further information contact Dr Paulo Pepe at

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  • International conference

This conference continues the project initiated with the colloquium "Queeriser le canon littéraire et artistique luso-brésilien", which took place at Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris in 2014, and also the conference "Queering Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies", which took place at the Dalarna University Falun, Sweden in 2016. It aims to embrace queer readings of both canonical and "minor" or neglected Portuguese, Brazilian and Lusophone African writers and artists from any historical period. It draws on the meaning of "queer" as that which evades the social and symbolic norm without acquiring any ontological solidity, as a sign of resistance to cultural homogenization and normativity, and more specifically, to heteronormativity and what Monique Wittig described as the "straight mind".

Venue: University of Birmingham

Call for papers

The organizers invite paper proposals exploring queer unsettlings of gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as deconstructions of the binaries of male/female, sex/gender, hetero/homo, normal/abnormal, and public/private, in Portuguese-language literature, cinema and visual arts. Papers drawing on the potential of queering perspectives to highlight intersectional articulation of multiple differences (rooted in sex, gender, race, ethnicity, class, and ability, among others) in social and cultural practices are particularly welcome.

Suggested themes:

  1. "Gender trouble" (Butler) in literature, cinema and the arts.
  2. Queering readings of canonical literary texts and artworks.
  3. Analyses of the “technologies of gender” (de Lauretis) in literary and artistic products.
  4. Deconstruction of gender roles and new forms of gender identity in Lusophone literature and art.
  5. Exploration of style: kitsch, camp, queer, cyborg, melodrama, “arte bicha,” butch, excess, subversion.
  6. Borderline perspectives and modes of existence.

Languages : Portuguese or English

Abstract submission: Submissions should include: name of author/s (including university affiliations), original title of presentation, an abstract of  300 words, 3 keywords and a brief biographical note of up to 200 words per author. 

Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Proposals should be submitted to Paulo Pepe via

Deadline for proposal submission: 09 January 2017

Notification of acceptance: 13 February 2017

The papers accepted in this conference would also be considered to be published in the conference proceeddings.

Organising and programme committee

  • Fernando Curopos (Université Paris Sorbonne, France)
  • Chatarina Edfeldt (Dalarna University, Sweden)
  • Alda M. Lentina (Dalarna University, Sweden)
  • Alberto da Silva (Université Paris Sorbonne, France)
  • Maria Araújo da Silva (Université Paris Sorbonne, France)
  • Paulo Pepe (University of Birmingham, UK)


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Travel to University of Birmingham

From Birmingham Airport

Birmingham's main international airport is Birmingham (International) Airport, which is situated about 30 minutes to the University of Birmingham. The railway station is situated in the airport itself: you can take a train from the airport to the University of Birmingham.

If you stay in city centre (Birmingham New Street) you can also take a train from this train station directly to the train station of the University (15 minutes).

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