OUTing the Past Festival Conference & Gathering 2020

On May 21st and May 22nd of 2020, the annual OUTing the Past Festival Conference will be held at Queen’s University Belfast. The theme for this upcoming conference is “Completing the Past: LGBT+ History and Creative Production”, and will highlight the roles that creative productivity can play in a better understanding the past.
Additionally, this conference seeks to develop a programme that:
  • Explores how creativity can be deployed and developed asa form of emerging historiographical enquiry
  • Describes how creative responses can be used to fill in the LGBT+ absences in the archive
  • Offers accounts of archives and collections a=that have hosted creative interventions to offer a queer reading of the past
  • Outlines methodologies for playwriting, poetry, spoken word, screenplays, short and long form fiction for queer engagement with the historical record of the past
  • Displays examples of how visual and applied art can explore the LGBT+ absences past
  • Provides a platform for screening (or staging) films, performances, documentaries, and other forms of media (e.g. augmented reality or virtual reality or podcasting, historical social media personas, etc).
Folx are welcome to submit abstracts for papers and panels
(provisionally, 25 and 90 minutes respectively) that explore the theme of
LGBT+ history and creativity. Innovative forms of presentation – such as performative lectures, short films, short performances, visual
arts, etc. – are encouraged.
Proposals for skill-based 90 minute workshops are also welcome, and though
preference will be given to those directly addressing the conference theme, abstracts or proposals that relate to historicising any aspect of the LGBT+ past or consider how we share knowledge of LGBT+ histories within and beyond the academy are encouraged as well.

Abstracts for papers, panels, or workshops should be submitted online at
https://www.outingthepast.com/call-for-papers by 7th January 2020.

Individual abstracts should be 150-250 words and include a short biography
with contact information for each participant. Additional information is
available via the link, but questions can be sent to the conference Programme
Coordinator at kvalente@colgate.edu.

Decisions on abstracts for papers, panels and workshops will be
communicated by the conference Advisory Panel in early 2020.

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