Queering Love: Across Subjectivities, Temporalities, and Decolonial Imaginaries

This year’s conference theme “Queering Love: Across Subjectivities, Temporalities, and Decolonial Imaginaries” explores how different variations of queer love transcend and are practiced. In an age of hate, this year’s theme highlights how LGBTQ+ individuals have and continue to use love to resist oppression against homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and capitalism. Shifting times and worlds have transformed what queer love looks and feels like. As a result, we seek to examine how distinct intersectional LGBTQ+ bodies and identities define and express queer love in their (and others) lives, societies, relationships, histories, literature, art, and spiritualities.

What does it mean to queer love? How do marginalized individuals use queer love to defy and resist? How can queering love help us imagine and create different worlds? Where is queer love found in LGBTQ+ histories and narratives? How does love help us deconstruct and dismantle colonial frameworks?

Please submit proposals that examine this theme from the perspective of any academic discipline, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • Intersections between race, class, gender, sexuality, and love
  • Love hermeneutics and other queer women of color Feminisms
  • The politics (and Biopolitics) of queer love
  • Pedagogies and epistemologies of care
  • Chosen and nontraditional families and rainbow kids
  • LGBTQ+ Sexual desires and longings
  • Philosophy of Queer Love
  • LGBTQ+ relationships in media
  • Self-love, identity, acceptance, and other forms of Radical Love
  • Spaces and times where love is absent but necessary
  • Music and art that queers love
  • Love, intimacy, and solidarity in activism and social movements
  • Queer loving and sex in biology and sociology

We invite graduate students from all fields (social sciences, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, life sciences and professional schools) to contribute and submit proposals that both question and challenge issues surrounding queer love. This is a graduate student-centered conference as a result, we will not accept submissions from undergraduate students or professors/professionals.

We also welcome non-traditional presentation formats, including expressive arts, performances, and creative workshops. To transcend borders and U.S.-centrism, we are also accepting presentations in English, Spanish, French, and Indigenous languages.


Deadline Extended: October 25, 2019

Please Submit Abstracts Here


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