Queer Asian Sites Conference
The AsiaPacifiQueer network is convening an international conference, Queer Asian Sites , to be held at the University of Technology, Sydney on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February, 2007 in association with the Trans/forming Cultures (TfC) Key University Research Centre in Communication and Culture (www.transforming.cultures.uts.edu.au) and in conjunction with the 2007 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras cultural festival. The two-day conference will feature keynote addresses from major figures in Asian queer scholarship and a series of themed panel streams on intra-Asia/Pacific queer cultural flows. Currently confirmed keynote speakers include Prof. Josephine Ho (Central Taiwan University), Prof. Neil Garcia (University of the Philippines, Diliman), Dr Chandra Shekhar Balanchandran (Dharani Trust, Bangalore, India) and Dr Dédé Oetomo (GAYa Nusantara, Indonesia). Related events such as a public seminar on Lesbian and Gay Rights in the Asia/Pacific region and queer Asia/Pacific film screenings are also being planned.
The conference will investigate the importance of intra-regional networks and interactions amongst queer cultures and communities in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Some English-language research has tended to understand the emergence of new LGBTQ identities in the region in terms of a ‘West and the Rest’ model of globalisation based on a one-way process in which 'the West' exerts influence upon 'the Rest'. In contrast to this model, the Queer Asian Sites conference will focus on the importance of intra-regional flows of people, knowledge, representation, and capital in the histories and contemporary forms of queer cultures and communities in the region. The types of questions we hope the conference will explore include:
Further details including registration and accommodation can be found on the AsiaPacifiQueer website.