[NetBehaviour] Call For Papers: "Queering Anarchism"

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Jul 27 11:51:50 CEST 2008

Call For Papers: "Queering Anarchism"

Radical queer politics and anarchism have much in common. Queer theory 
argues against traditional identity politics, recognizing the social 
construction of "sexuality" and identity categories. Anarchism argues 
against any structured hierarchical arrangement of humanity that allows 
some members of society to systematically exploit and oppress others. 
Thus, both projects argue for a need to move beyond hierarchical and 
naturalized arrangements of socially constructed identities--though, at 
times, articulating those arguments in different ways. Nevertheless, 
despite these commonalities, little has been written about the deep 
connections between anarchism and radical queer politics. This edited 
volume is an attempt to fill that gap.

With this book, the authors wish to assemble writings that are useful to 
activists (i.e. not written in obscure academic jargon and relatable to 
social movement contexts) working in the intersections of queer and 
anarchist politics. Many anarchists use the term "queer" as shorthand 
for the LGBT community and have little understanding of what queer 
theory can provide for a contemporary radical praxis and how it differs 
from traditional LGBT politics--even some radical strands. Likewise, 
there are many among the queer community who know little to nothing 
about anarchism--relying mostly on the sensationalist news medias' 
construction of anarchists as terrorists, anti-organizationalists, etc. 
This volume, then, will be split into three sections (theory, praxis, 
and personal experience) featuring writing that deals specifically with 
these intersections.

Interested authors should send a small abstract (just a paragraph 
explaining exactly what it is you wish to do) along with your name and 
brief bio (100 words or less, please) by August 15th to 
propaganarchy at hotmail.com and rogue at riseup.net. Finished pieces will 
range from 2500 to 5000 words. Below are some suggested questions and 
issues for each section (feel free to come up with your own fantastic 
topic too!):


What can anarchism learn from queer theory? What could queer theory 
learn from anarchism? How do queer politics relate to class struggle, 
anti-racism, feminism, post-colonialism, etc.? Can queer theory be 
meaningful in movements if it remains written in academic jargon? What 
might "street" queer theory look like and how might it differ from the 
queer theory that emerges from the university? Should we think of queer 
as something we are or something we do?


What does existing queer anarchist praxis look like? How would we queer 
current anarchist praxis and what might emerge from that? What 
challenges have you faced as a result of combining queer political 
practice with anarchist social movements? What challenges go along with 
bringing anarchist political practice into existing queer groups?

Personal Experience

Have you had personal experiences of marginalization within the 
anarchist community for your queer politics? Have you been ignored among 
the queer community because of your commitment to anarchism? Have you 
had good experiences combining anarchist and queer activism? What made 
you feel marginalized or good in those contexts and how can we use those 
experiences as a catalyst for creating more inclusive movements? How 
have ideologies of normalcy affected your activism within the anarchist 
community? How have expectations of ideological normalcy limited the 
field of politics in queer groups in your experience?

Author Bios

J. Rogue is a queer anarchist-communist feminist who has been organizing 
in anarchist, feminist and radical queer communities for ten years. Her 
recent projects have centered around HIV/AIDS and prisons, with the 
Austin chapter of the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) as well 
as the Inside Books Project, which sends free books to Texas prisoners. 
She has also been involved in transfeminist organizing with Camp Trans, 
and participated in several radical queer and feminist conferences and 
projects over the years.

Deric Shannon is a long time social anarchist activist with roots in 
groups like Anti-Racist Action and Food Not Bombs. He is a part of the 
editorial collective of the forthcoming volume Contemporary Anarchist 
Studies (Routledge, Spring '09), the entry for "Anarchism, Communism, 
and Socialism" in the Encyclopedia of Modern Revolutions (James 
DeFronzo, ed.), and a number of book chapters and journal articles, 
typically on radical political thought. He currently lives in 
Connecticut where he works with Hartford Food Not Bombs, ARRGH! (The 
Area Radical Reading Group of Hartford), and Queers without Borders.

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