Call for Papers

Alter-net Bodies: Fat/Crip/Queered Identities, Expressions, and Cyber Activism

The Fall 2018 QGrad Conference at UCLA on October 16, 2018, explores the intersections of fatness, gender, race, queerness, ability status, and technology. Alter-net bodies transcend physical and virtual space but are still impacted by rhetoric that labels them as deviant, ugly, and unruly.

In what ways do Alter-net bodies exist more or less freely in digital space than in physical space? How do fat/crip/queers of color utilize and expand cyberspace as sites of resistance? How do Alter-net people perform, express, articulate, generate, and create resistant identities and aesthetics?

We invite proposals addressing the topic themes and any of the topics below:

  • Intersections of Fat, Disabled, Queer, Trans, and Intersex Experiences
  • Queer virtual spatialities and activism
  • Intersections of the Body Positive Movement, Trans Liberation Movement, Disability Movement, Black Lives Matter
  • Love, Sex, and Intimacy in Cyberspace
  • Hashtag (#) Activism for Liberation
  • Alter-net Healing Spaces and Safe Spaces
  • LGBTQ Digital Art and DIY Projects Tutorials
  • Butch and Femme Aesthetics, Gender Presentations, Performance, Embodiments
  • Inter-generational discourses on LGBTQ Terminology & Context


Deadline: July 30th, 2018

Please Submit 250 Word Abstract Here 

All accepted papers will be considered for publication in Queer Cats Volume 5, the first graduate-student-run, interdisciplinary, academic e-journal of LGBTQ research.