CfP: Conference – LGBTQ Liveability in Rural Spaces

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Gerne teile ich hier den CfP für ein Panel an der RGS-IBG in London.

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Stefanie Boulila

LGBTQ Liveability in Rural Spaces

Call for Papers for a session at the
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Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)
Conference, London 1-4 September 2020

Stefanie C. Boulila (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts)

Sponsorship: Applying for Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group and
Rural Geography Working Group

In popular discourse, sexual freedom is associated with the city (Hubbard
2012, Bilić and Stubbs 2015). Rural spaces are imagined as inherently
heteronormative and hostile towards queer subjects (Butterfield 2018).
Geographies of sexualities and queer geographies have been at the forefront
of deconstructing rural spaces as sexually monolithic (Bell and Valentine
1997, Bell 2003, Gorman-Murray et al. 2012, McGlynn 2017). This body of work
has complicated assumptions about queer migration patterns from rural to
urban (Gorman-Murray 2007, 2009), explored anti-urban or lesbian feminist
countercultures (Herring 2010, Valentine 1997) as well as the meanings of
homonormativity in rural spaces (Brown 2015). These interventions have
demonstrated that the sole understanding of the rural/urban axis through the
progressive/conservative dichotomy has only provided a limited and arguably
normative understanding of rural queer lives.

Recent policy research on queer lives in EU member states indicates that the
marginalisation of LGBTQ people in rural societies and regions has to be
understood through situated and geographically nuanced factors and analyses
(Bilić and Stubbs 2015, Monro, Christmann et al. 2016, Butterfield 2018).
Adding to the previous advances made by the queer geographical canon, this
session queries how liveability can help us conceptualise rural queer lives.
Judith Butler’s (2004) notion of liveability has lately been developed as an
analytical tool for the queer social sciences to move beyond the common
juridico-political understandings of equality and rights to one of lived
experiences (Browne et al. 2019). With that, liveability disrupts
place-based imaginaries about progress or its lack (Browne et al. 2015).

The session seeks to explore the diverse aspects of rural queer lives beyond
the rural-urban dichotomy. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

* Queer networks
* Conviviality
* Social and political participation and political activism
* (In)visbility
* Gentrification and urban-rural migration
* Space and place-making
* Intersectional queer rural lives
* Queer economies and counter-cultures

If you are interested in submitting a paper, please send abstract of up to
250 words, and your name and institutional affiliation to
stefanie.boulila@posteo.de by 31st January 2020.

Postgraduate Students, early-career researchers and activists are
particularly encouraged to submit a paper. It is possible to give a remote
presentation.

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<www.tandfonline.com/eprint/DDMNFUWPEBEWEDDKZ4KF/full?target=10.1080
/02614367.2019.1703139> Read now: Boulila S.C. “Straight(ening) Salsa? The
heterosexual matrix, romance and disciplinary spaces” in Leisure Studies
(free access)

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