Queering Collage: An Online Symposium (3rd-4th December 2020)

conference programme & registration

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Call for Papers – Deadline has now passed.

Collage has long been a form for the exploration of self and society, functioning as a way of critically thinking through the materiality of the world around us. As a form that relies on hybridity and encourages experimentalism, as well as its tendency towards disrupting normative formalisms, it is closely aligned with queerness. As such, collage is an apt form to think through notions of queer identities and selfhoods, the subject of this symposium. In their 2011 book, The Queer Art of Failure, Jack Halberstam explores the notion of collage in relation to queer theory. They write that collage

precisely references the spaces in between and refuses to respect the boundaries that usually delineate self from other, art object from museum, and the copy from the original. In this respect, as well as in many others, collage (from the French coller, to paste or glue) seems feminist and queer.[1]

The liminality afforded by collage, through its hybridity and exposure of process, incisions and overlays, allows both the creator and the viewer to find their space without boundaries and to define said space without adhering to normative ideas, should they so wish. The act of ‘queering’ collage, that is reading into collage a queer aesthetic or meaning, sometimes without the visibility of a strictly queer subject matter, is key to the themes that the organisers hope to examine during the symposium. As David Getsy has written, when ‘queer’ is used as transitive verb (to queer), it allows for strategies for the ‘undercutting of the stability of identity and of the dispensation of power that shadows the assignment of categories and taxonomies’.[2]

Considering collage and its myriad relations to queerness, the Collage Research Network invites papers of 20-25 mins in length for an online symposium, covering collage across all mediums, disciplines and time periods. The call is open to scholars at any stage of their career.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Collage and identity politics
  • Collage as a queer practice
  • Collage and queer aesthetics
  • Collage and the intersections of queerness and race/‘quaring’ collage
  • Collage and the body/body politics
  • Collage and queer affect
  • Collage and political rage
  • Collage as protest
  • Collage and destruction/(re)creation/reinvention

[1]  Jack Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2011), p. 136.

[2] David Getsy, Queer (London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2016), p. 15.