Deadline: 8th December, 2017
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA will host a 2018 Join the Dialogue conference on the theme “Queer in Africa: Challenges and Pathways to Inclusion.” The format of the daylong interactive and collaborative event will include traditional paper sessions, roundtables, and keynote address. The conference committee invites contributions from scholars (affiliated and independent), students, researchers, practitioners, and activists from across disciplines and regions who offer attention to the history of sexuality in African societies and the breadth of public policy, religious, social, cultural, economic and health issues facing sexual minority populations in Africa and the Diaspora. Areas for possible engagement include but are not limited to gender and queer studies, history, law, politics, human rights, literature, popular cultures, health, anthropology and sociology. The conference promises to provide an opportunity for participants to engage the changing character of violence against LGBTQ+ persons, international and national policy issues, patterns of mobilization by activists, as well as the outcomes. The conference seeks to unveil the emerging directions in social and political mobilization for LGBTQ+ rights, while opening-up new pathways for critical academic and social discourse.