Subject: Papers are invited for a panel on "Queer Wales" for Toronto University
Papers are invited for a panel on "Queer Wales" at the International Conference on Welsh Studies at the University of Toronto, July 31-August 2, 2008.
Masculinity has long been integral to the national identity of “The Land of My Fathers.”
In particular, the recent industrial past has depended upon or upheld what gay author Rhys Davies described as an “oppressive masculinity.”
However, in recent years, we have become more aware of the complexity of Welsh identities (national, European, racial, colonial, economic, etc).
This panel of the International Conference on Welsh Studies examines the role of Queer identities in Welsh culture in the past present and future:
How have traditional definitions of “welshness” been revised and resisted; what is the current face of Queer Wales; what will the ongoing queering of Wales be like? This panel invites contributions from all areas of interest. Possible topics include:
The history of gay activism in Wales
Gay Wales and the law
Writing gay Wales
Queer working-class masculinities
Welsh queers on stage and screen
Please submit by email paper titles, 250-300 word abstracts (for 15-20 minute papers), and 150 word bio-sketches to Huw Osborne (osborne_at_rmc.ca) by APRIL 1, 2008.
Department of English
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH)
International Conference on Welsh Studies
July 31-August 2, 2008 The Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
The NAASWCH Program Committee seeks diverse perspectives on Wales and Welsh culture
-- as well as proposals focused on the Welsh in North America
-- from many disciplines including: history, literature, languages, art, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, philosophy, music, and religion.
NAASWCH invites participation from faculty, postgraduate/graduate students and independent scholars from North America, the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
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NAASWCH works to promote scholarship on all aspects of Welsh culture and history;
to develop connections between teachers and scholars in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom who are committed to the study of Welsh culture, history, language, and literature;
to provide an intellectual forum in which scholars and teachers of Welsh culture may share their research and teaching experience, and to provide support for the study of Welsh-North American history and culture.
See the NAASWCH website for additional information:
Those who are not submitting proposals but would like to receive conference information should contact: Dr. Melinda Gray, NAASWCH Secretary, 15 Woodbridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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