Call for Papers

Alter-net Bodies: Fat/Crip/Queered Identities, Expressions, and Cyber Activism
(Submissions are now closed)

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.