Fucking Solidarity: queering concepts on/from a Post-Soviet perspective

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and enjoying spring time!

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for submitting your articles is coming up.

Please send your articles/contributions by 8. June 2018

- for the queering paradigms book to katharina.wiedlack@univie.ac.at

-  for the special issue of the feminist critique journal to zugolochka@mail.ru

all the best,

Kathi (for the editors)

 

Deadline Extended!
New Deadline 1. March 2018

Dear friends and colleagues,

In the following text you find two different, yet related Call for Papers, for two different, yet related publications. First, is the CfP for the book project, which will be published within the Queering Paradigms series by “Peter Lang Publishing Group.” It is an academic publication, which goes through a peer review process.

The second Call is for a Special Issue of “Feminist Critique: East European Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies.” The special issue accepts contributions of various formats ranging from academic articles to activist essays and artistic works and the peer review process will be organized only for the academic contributions.

Please indicate clearly, for which publication you apply with your abstract! If you apply for Feminist Critique, please indicate, if your contribution will be an academic (peer-review), non-academic (essay without peer-review) or artistic contribution.

 

1) Solidarity, Place and Power: queer-feminist Struggles and the East/West Divide (The Book)

 

part VIII of the international Queering Paradigms series by Peter Lang.

This anthology focuses on international, transnational or global solidarity for LGBTIQ+ subjects from an anti-hegemonic decolonizing queer-feminist perspective. It invites especially, but not exclusively critical perspectives from/within the post-Soviet context.

The so-called ‘anti-gay propaganda laws’ in Russia and Kyrgyzstan, the homophobic violence in the regions of Chechnya or Azerbaijan as well as other events caused a visible wave of solidarity activisms within the global North/West. We want to revisit these and other spaces of support from a critical queer-feminist, anti-racist, post-soviet perspective. Such a perspective centers on post-soviet subjectivities and subjects, their agency and everyday experiences, rather than the Western (often) unquestioned expertise on the post-soviet space. We understand the global, international or transnational as a space, where new and old hegemonies, colonial and imperialist structures emerge and act. Thus this anthology aims at intervening into these power relations. Such an intervention does not dismiss the transnational solidarity efforts, but critically evaluates them, aiming at a trans-local queer-feminist solidarity politics and practice with horizontal relations and true equality. It makes room for the local, the specific and different, thus looking at the international and transnational, where mobilizing, actions and solidarities cannot be reduced to a nation, region or location.

Imagining an Audience

We want to compile this anthology for researchers, students, activists and everybody interested in global solidarity activism. We address especially, but not exclusively those researchers, students and activists within the global North/West, who have the privilege of having the means to purchase the book or access it through their university or other libraries, share it with their peers, introduce it to their students etc. Although there is a constant attempt by right-wing and conservative powers to reduce the resources for academic and activist queer-feminisms at North/Western institutions and countries, there are still numerous possibilities to enjoy queer-feminist politics and lives. We want this book to open up a space of a dialogue, where voices of queer-feminist subjects of post-soviet spaces are speaking for themselves, where their narratives are presented from unmediated perspectives, where strategies of solidarities are addressed and questioned from unprivileged bold positions. This book sets questions for the privileged among us, asking them/us to check their privileges and solidarities.

Methodological questions and the problem of solidarity

Solidarity was and is a key concept in anti-capitalist, Marxist, socialist, workers movements and materialist critique as well as in movements critically questioning globalization. Yet, international and global queer solidarity movements seem to have lost these roots within the class struggle and seem less concerned with neoliberal development, globalization, labor conditions (including sexualized and gendered labor), the continuation of colonial exploitation etc. What does this loss of anti-capitalist critique mean for queer solidarity projects? Makes this loss of class-critique solidarity adaptable for gay neoliberalism and homonationalism?

Many postcolonial and decolonial scholars point to the hegemonies of contemporary transnational queer solidarity movements and the erotic, sexually libidinous aspect of solidarity. They highlight the unequal distribution of privilege and power, between the benevolent donors and the recipients of solidarity, the privileges to ‘afford’ solidarity. Following this line of thought, we want to ask about queer solidarity towards post-soviet subjects, the hegemonies and different levels of vulnerability within queer solidarity alliances.

With our anthology we ask for the possibilities, gains and limits of (our) queer solidarity. We want to queer the idea, the theories, the practices and the art of solidarity, from different angles, different spaces, from and with different groups. Investigating into the erotics of queer solidarity, their drives, and desires behind it we reflect on hegemonies and the possibility for anti-hierarchical or empowerment. We are interested in the possibilities of queering existing concepts and practices of solidarity, especially those solidarity approaches towards the post-soviet/post-socialist and postcolonial spaces and their respective inhabitants.

We are interested in constructive criticism. We hope to learn about new approaches and ways of solidarity, from queer-feminist, anti-racist, anti-hierarchical, horizontal, inclusive, “check-your-privilege”, decolonizing perspectives.

The editing team:
Masha Godovannaya, Masha Neufeld, Saltanat Shoshanova, Katharina Wiedlack

 

Please send a 250-350 words abstract until 1. March 2018 to katharina.wiedlack@univie.ac.at
The 5,000-7,000 words articles are due 8. June 2018.
The publication will be in English-language. Additionally we will provide abstracts in Russian-language.

 

Deadline for abstracts: 1. March 2018
Letter of acceptance/rejection: 7. March 2018
Deadline for articles: 8. June 2018
Send to peer review: 18. June
Peer review: 8. September 2018
Sending out requests for revision: 21. September
Deadline for revisions: 21. December 2018

2) Fucking Solidarity: Western hegemonies and the post-soviet queer critique  

Dear friends!

We invite you to participate in a volume “Fucking solidarity: Western hegemonies and post-Soviet queer critique” in a special issue of the Feminist Critique journal.
If you are a queer person*, have feminist views and you have something to say about post-Soviet space, and moreover, about solidarity and the “West”, then we are with you! And, maybe, you are also with us?

With this special issue we strongly build on and include the critique of people from the (real and imaginary) post-Soviet space, who live their lives queerly – through creativity, activism, academic writing or otherwise. We want to rethink and reframe knowledge production in/from/about post-Soviet/post-socialist/post-colonial spaces within a respectful dissensus framework. We are critical of academic positions of power and know very well that academic “queer” or “feminist” is often different from activist “queer” or “feminist”, and will never fully describe the forms of existence/resistance practiced by people. Similarly, we value the power of creativity and art to critically reflect existing reality, imagine, inspire and co-create forms of existence.

In the face of economic crises, war conflicts and neoliberal right turns it is important for us to question Western theories and practices, as well as Russian coloniality/imperialism on the post-Soviet space, and look at our local experiences. We do not seek to find universal concepts and ideas but discuss multiple approaches to complicated interconnections of solidarity, space, time and power. To be (simultaneously) similar and different, privileged and disadvantaged, illegally illegitimate and lawfully legit, included, rejected, hated, tolerated, celebrated, despised, praised – kwir, квiр, квир and other (im)possible worlds. 

We want to discuss personal, activist and research experience, to share our stories and ideas. We want to search together for the ways of mutual support and solidarity, and to develop strategies of resistance to patriarchy, cisheteronormativity and other forms of oppression. We want to see and hear each other’s stories, in order to be stronger together and understand how to better (not) support each other – as solidarity is difficult to build and easy to fuck up.

We are a small collective of queer people who were born and grew up in former USSR republics, and also allies from the Western space. We are white, without disability, with higher education, and most of us are migrants, and we are studying and/or working. We live on the border of genders, sexualities, nationalities, languages, citizenships and we believe in the idea of solidarity, no matter how hard we are trying to fuck with it.

Feminist Critique: East European Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies is a scholarly peer-reviewed open-access journal that publishes materials in three languages: in English, Russian, and Ukrainian. Please send your proposals in any of these languages. We welcome texts, academic and not, and creative works that resonate with the theme of this issue. We are open to any formats, important for you.

*In our collective and beyond it we thought for a long time, what this foreign term “queer” means for us and who is this is this “queer person” we write about in the first paragraph. We understand that "queer can be different and can be understood differently, and that there is a critique of the usage of this word in relation to the post-Soviet/post-socialist space. Yet, we decided to work with this term and use it as a code for all those who don’t inscribe themselves and are not put by the society into the cisheteronormative confines, who subvert the notions of gender/sexual roles, and are partisans in their ordinary life against transphobia, lesbophobia, homophobia, biphobia and other shit.

Technical info:

The editing team:
Liza Belorusova, Masha Neufeld, Siajvo, Katharina Wiedlack, Tania Zabolotnaya

We accept non-academic contributions (not peer-reviewed) with a length of 5,000-7,000 words and academic texts that will go through peer-review process with a length of 7,000-10,000 words. We also invite artworks and visual materials.

Deadline for abstracts: 1. March 2018
Letter of acceptance/rejection: 7. March 2018
Deadline for 5,000-7,000 words articles and other materials: 8. June 2018
Deadline for 7,000-10,000 words articles: 10. June 2018
Send to peer review: 18. June 2018
Peer review: 8. September 2018
Sending out requests for revision: 21. September
Deadline for revisions: 21. December 2018

Journal languages – Ukrainian, Russian, and English.

Homepage of the Feminist Critique journal: http://feminist.krytyka.com/en

 

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Dear friends and comrades,

Please have a look at our wonderful bi-lingual conference videos!
We will continue to post them here ... so stay tuned!

“Global Standards” and “Internalized Coloniality”: How Feminists in Russia See the “West” by Vanya Solovay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Spiz_bc7Hk

На глубине политик опыта - In the depth of the politics of experience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE44rjtlDlc&t=340s

 

Dear everybody,

The Fucking Solidarity Collective (Kathi, Masha, Masha, Salta, Sasha and Tania) says a big thank you to everybody, who was there to present, listen, translate, criticize, ask questions, challenge structures, offer support, wash dishes, discuss activism and fuck with ideas around the tricky concept of solidarity!

We thank all the artists and people, who helped us preparing the exhibition: from dragging heavy walls, computers, etc. to hanging artworks and brining in conceptual ideas and support. Special thanks go to Siajvo and his amazing poetical texts that made the concept of our exhibition deeper. 

We want to thank all the people, who shared their privileges by translating a lot of materials before the conference and who offered silent translation during the event: Anna, Daria, Dinara, Nelli, Olga, Sasha, Siajvo, Vanya, Volha, Xüsha. Thank you! You made the space accessible to everybody and without you all this would have been impossible!

Thank you to all the moderators for helping us with the difficult task of being on time with such a packed schedule. Some of you filled in the very last minute and we are super thankful that you helped us out.

We want to thank our amazing caterer, Migrating Kitchen!  Everything was just perfect and we were so lucky to have you there! 

We also want to thank people who opened their houses for our participants and made them feel welcome in Vienna: Alexandra, Andrea, Asia, Campus Hostel (Raffael), Irene, Iva, Jasmin, Jonah, Kat, Kathi, Lars, Michael, Miljana, Sasha, Susanne, Tania, Vera, Veronika. Your generosity and warmth made our conference possible. 

Many thanks go to our sponsors: Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, Referat Genderforschung, Universität Wien, Gender and Agency Forschungsverbund an der Universität Wien, Österreichische HochschülerInnenschaft Universität Wien, Deparment for English and American Studies Universität Wien, Philologische Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät Universität Wien, Interfakultäre Forschungsplattform Geschlechterforschung, Universität Innsbruck, Hannchen Mehrzweck Stiftung, Grüne Bildungswerkstatt Wien, Women's* Solidarity, Austrian Student Union (ÖH Bundesvertretung), ÖJAB (Österreichische Jungarbeiterbewegung/Austrian Youth Workers Movement). Speciall thanks to Frauensolidarität and Dani for hosting us and for the cooperation.

We are very sorry that Javid, Olia, Polina, Liza and Uroš could not come because of visa issues. This is just so fucked up and wrong and we are very sorry that this happened to you. It was especially devastating for us that Liza was denied her visa because the German embassy did not believe her that she is travelling to Austria for this conference and the Austrian embassy suddenly asked for a shitload of papers we could not provide in time (because you know…we had to register her with the local job center to make absolutely sure everything is in order and that she does not work illegally in Europe while organizing this conference with us). Liza was part of the Fucking Solidarity collective from the very beginning until now. Liza put a lot of brains and heart into this conference, her critique and ideas shaped the idea of the event, made it more sensitive and open to people, who are usually excluded from academia and academic formats as well as from activism and her voice and perspective were very much missed during the conference.

We are very thankful for all the feedback and the critique we got from you. It helps us to understand our fuck-ups and to improve ourselves, our activism and research in the future. We apologize for all the fuck-ups, insensitive behaviour, misunderstandings and false expectations that happened on our side. We are thankful for making us think harder about the (im)possibilities of queer solidarity and the way we want to deal with it.

We are thankful to all the migrants (be it in time or space) and all the people from the Global South and Global East, who came to this event and who were brave enough to raise their voices against North/Western hegemonies. We know that it took peole a lot of courage to make some interventions and to call out Western supremacy and we say thank you for your bravery. We are thankful to all the North/Western allies, who respected the space and were aware of their position and privilege and who took the time to reflect and explain things to their peers. It also takes a lot of courage to step back, listen and re-think ones possition. We hope for an open dialog because we are all fighting the same shitty system afterall! 

 We are thankful to all the activists (be it offline or online) and all the people organized outside of institutions, who were there and raised their voices to critisize the multiple exclusions produced by academia and discuss ways of sharing knowledge and make it accessible to as many people as possible. We are thankful to all the scholars, researchers and academics, who were there to listen to this critique and who engaged in this dialogue. We know that many of you, like many of us from the collective, are both- researchers and activists. We realize how difficult it is to discuss these matters and we had the impression that the discussion has just begun and there is so much more to think, say and change about the difficult relationship of the two. For now, we are just very thankful that we were all there, reclaiming and intervening into the academic space of the university of Vienna, which was and still is excluding and marginalizing womyn, people of color, ppl from the working class, non-heterosexual and gender non-conforming folks. 

We are inspired by you, your art, academic work and activism, so thank you for sharing it with us for these intense but fruitful days! We will lay low for a couple of weeks to regain our energy back and deal with some financial aftermath and we will come back to you soon with a new project! This time we will announce the call for papers/contributions to the anthology of the conference. 

Our amazing and much loved photographer Patrick already sent the first video, which is now available here.
www.youtube.com/watch

We thank Patrick, Vladimir and Viki for providing photo documentation and videos!

Stay tuned for hearing more from QP8,
your Fucking Solidarity Collective

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Dear comrades/colleagues/lovely beings!

Here comes the (hopefully) final version of the FUCKING SOLIDARITY program!

We are so excited about it and looking forward to seeing you in Vienna!

part VIII of the international conference series Queering Paradigms.
University of Vienna, Department for English and American Studies

20-23 September 2017

The Queering Paradigms network is dedicated to examining the current state and future challenges of queer studies from a broad trans-disciplinary and polythetic perspective, and by interrogating numerous social, political, cultural and academic agendas.

With our conference ‘Fucking Solidarity’, we ask for the possibilities, gains and limits of (our) queer solidarity. We want to ‘fuck’ with the idea, the theories, the practices and the art of solidarity, from different angles, different spaces, from and with different groups. Investigating into the erotics of queer solidarity, their drives, and desires behind it we reflect on hegemonies and the possibility for anti-hierarchical or empowerment. We are interested in the possibilities of queering existing concepts and practices of solidarity, especially those solidarity approaches towards the post-soviet/post-socialist and postcolonial spaces and their respective inhabitants.

Fucking Solidarity is interested in constructive criticism. We hope to learn about new approaches and ways of solidarity, from queer-feminist, anti-racist, anti-hierarchical, horizontal, inclusive, “check-your-privilege”, decolonizing perspectives.