Queering Paradigms 1
(27 Feb-1 March 2009, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)
With great support from the university community and after an intense year of preparation, in February 2009 the first Queering Paradigms conference took place and attracted 30-40 presenters from four continents.
The set-up of the conference allowed the QP signature workshop atmosphere to take form, with internal and external, senior and junior academics listening, learning and discussing in a relaxed, supportive and truly collaborative, interdisciplinary way. Scholars from the “Lavender Language” network headed by Professor William Leap (American University, DC) and from Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia) contributed significantly to the success of the conference.
When the idea of the continuation of the series was discussed, the Australian friends agreed to take over the torch and bring QP to Brisbane. An annual global conference, travelling from continent to continent, was born.
As academic conference output, a peer-reviewed edited book offers the opportunity for both aspiring and established academics to showcase their research in a multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary setting. Professor Scherer edited the first book, which appeared with Peter Lang (Oxford) within ten months of the conference in December 2009 (official publication year: 2010).
Queering Paradigms 2 ( 7-9 April 2010, Queensland University of Technology,(Brisbane)
QP2 took place in Brisbane in April 2010; organised by Dr Sharon Hayes, Dr Matthew Ball and Dr Angela Dwyer, this event set new standards in hospitality and professionalism. It attracted many Australian and international scholars and featured a high-profile appearance of retired Australian High Court Justice, Michael Kirby. Distinct postcolonial accents emerged. Distinguished African Studies scholars from SUNY Oneonta were able to offer taking over the torch for 2011.
The editing of the QP2 volume was greatly aided by the generous support of QUT Law Faculty, which provided a substantial budget for a dedicated research assistant, Dr Jessica Rodgers. The editing tasks were ultimately shared between Dr Matthew Ball and Professor Scherer. The book, Queering Paradigms II: Interrogating Agendas is forthcoming (May 2011) with Peter Lang (Oxford).
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Queering Paradigms 3
7-9 April 2011, State University of New York/ SUNY – Oneonta, (New York)
Professor Kathleen O’Mara and Dr Betty Wambui (SUNY Oneonta) organised QP3. The conference took place April 2011 and, once again, introduced new standards of hospitality and scope. Naturally, North-American scholars had a significant, yet not hegemonic voice. The wide interest for QP3 had necessitated a deviation from the philosophy of plenary sessions only; still, with only one concurrent slot materialising, the conference successfully retained the intensity of the workshop atmosphere. Cultural performances and high-profile activist panels from the global south added significantly to the conference’s currency and relevance.
At the end of QP3 it was agreed to put every effort into continuing QP as an annual conference series.
Dr O’Mara, Dr Liz Morrish and Professor Scherer are currently editing the QP3 volume. Peter Lang has now established the QP books as a formal book series (with Dr Scherer as the series editor).
View the QP3 website |.
Queering Paradigms 4
(25-28 July 2012, Rio de Janeiro)
QP came to the ‘Global South’ and troubles the linguistic hegemony of English-speaking academia. QP4 was organised by a multi-university team led by Rodrigo Borba, Elizabeth Lewis, Branca Fabrício and Diana Pinto.
Queering Paradigms 4 in Rio de Janeiro saw more than 300 papers, arts and activists’ performances and workshops, and a strong representation of leading Queer theorists from Annemarie Jagose to Lisa Duggin and Jack Halberstam. QP4 has transformed the grass root QP network into a powerful voice of global academic Queer activism.
Elizabeth Lewis, Rodrigo Borba, Branca Fabrício and Diana Pinto also edited the QP4 volume in Peter Lang’s book series, published 2014.
Queering Paradigms 5
(20-22 February 2014, Quito, Ecuador)
QP5 again took place in South America, his time in the Andean Region in Quito, Ecuador organised by Maria-Amelia Viteri and Manuela Picq at FLACSO. The particular focus of QP5 lay on activism, art and the decolonial/postcolonial queer. QP5 prominently featured the Art activist (‘artivist’) exhibition ‘The Queer Body, the Construction of Memory / El cuerpo queer, la construcción de la memoria’, curated by Anamaría Garzón at Arte Actual, FLACSO.
Previously, Maria-Amelia Viteri had already organised a successful QP colloquium (Primer Coloquio Internacional “Queer” Interdisciplinario: Pensando lo "queer" desde y en América Latina, 25-27 October 2012) combining academic presentations with activism featuring a queer flashmob at Quito’s Plaza Foch. Maria-Amelia Viteri and Manuela Picq also edited the QP5 volume in Peter Lang’s book series, published 2015.
Since the original colloquium and the conference, the QP5 organisers have remained vocal, for example by lobbying for equal marriage in Ecuador. QP5 co-organiser Manuela Picq made international headlines when she was forced to leave Ecuador after being beaten, detained and threatened with deportation in relationship with her Human Rights Activism.
Queering Paradigms 6
(23-25 July 2015, Canterbury)
QP6 came back were it all started, in Canterbury and was once again organised by QP founder Professor Scherer. QP was part-merged with the VariAbilities II conference (organised by Professor Chris Mounsey), and started out at the University of Winchester. As part of QP6, an Emerging Scholars day took place at the University of Kent (organised by Dr. Declan Kavanagh).
The theme of QP6 was the intersection of disability (variability) and queer studies; the keynote panel on Queer Religion featured Prof. Melissa Wilcox (Whitman) and Prof. Carol Anderson (Kalamazoo).
The QP6 book, edited by Professor Scherer in Peter Lang’s book series, is due to be published autumn 2016.
Videos of Day 1
Videos of Day 2
More information about QP6 can be found on this page.
Queering Paradigms 7
(11-12 June 2016, Cayman Islands)
Queering Paradigms 7 is to take place in the Cayman Islands and a local group of LGBTIQ+ activists under the sponsorship of Canterbury Christ Church University, UK will organise the event. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Alan Wilson, bishop of Buckingham, and Professor emeritus Eugenio Raúl Zaffaroni, Justice of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, will be the key speakers.
The event has already been attracting much attention in local news.