Two-day International Seminar QUEER AESTHETICS: Culture and Ideology

Organizer: The Open Window- Department of Malayalam, Marina Campus, University of Madras, Chennai 600 005- Of the Students, by the Students, for the Students

About the Seminar

  • When: 30th and 31st March 2023
  • Registration Fee Needed
  • Call For Papers
  • Venue: Platinum Jubilee Auditorium, ORI, Marina campus, University of Madras,
  • Chennai

QUEER – The Umbrella Of Plurality

“Queerness” is an umbrella term that is both an orientation and a community for
those on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. As the word ‘queer’ was used to describe
homosexuals in the nineteenth century, queer theory traces its lineage from the
study of sexuality in its private and public forms. A commonplace meaning
attributed to the term revolves around being non-conforming in terms of sexuality and gender, thus adding an ambiguous notion to being or acting queer. Hence a
queer approach towards sexual equality complicates identity-based LGBT
advocacy, as queer thinking expresses a more challenging, fluid perspective. This
split has become even more pronounced as the international politics of sexual
orientation and gender identity receives an ever-increasing degree of public
attention. Some states have implemented substantial equality provisions in order
to prove that they are ‘modern’ or ‘Western’ enough, while others have responded
with pushback in the form of homophobic legislation and persecution. Sexual
orientation and gender identity rights, which themselves are questioned by queer theorists as overly reliant on Western liberal norms of human rights and
democracy, have become points of political contention, eliciting domestic culture wars as well.

Abstracts are invited for presentation on original and unpublished research work
related to both descriptive and theoretical aspect of the following sub-field of
queer :

  • Gender Plurality and Literature
  • Queer and Religion
  • Queer Pride Marches and political movements in India
  • Plurality and Nationalism
  • Queer Economy
  • Queer and Performing Arts
  • Queer aesthetics
  • Queer literary theory
  • Queer and language

Submission Guidelines

Abstract should not exceed 250 words(Including examples and reference if any) and be mailed (both .doc and .pdf formats) to

Each participant maximally submit one single authored abstract and one co-
authored abstracts. In case of a co-authored paper each of the authors joining the seminar in person has to pay the registration fee. Joint author’s who are not attending the conference in person will have to half the registration fee.Online
media presentation is available for the participants who are from international

Significant Dates

  • Abstract submission : 25th February 2023
  • Acceptance notification : 28th February 2023
  • Full paper submission : 20th March 2023
  • Conference registration : 30 & 31 March 2023

Registration fee:

For students, research scholars Rs1000($13).The registration fee includes
accommodation and food and conference kit. Accommodation will be arranged
in the University Guest house. Paper presenters are requested to meet travel
expenses from their own resource.

For any enquiry please contact the co-ordinators :

Punya C R : 8590214197
Ijaz C : 9188044364
Prajith M P : 7025497801

Guidelines for Paper Presenters

It’s a Bilingual seminar presentation, you can present the paper in English or
Malayalam. The text should be in Times New Roman (English) or ML-Revathy
(Malayalam) font style and the font size should be 12.Information of selected
abstracts will be informed through Email. Full Papers of accepted abstracts in the same format may be submitted on or before 20th March 2023.Both the abstract
and the final paper should be sent by e-mail to in
open file only. Selected research papers presented during the seminar through
PPT or directly will be published by the department. However, the decision if the
Jury will be final for selection of the papers to be published.

About the Department

The Department of Malayalam, University of Madras, is the first University
department for higher studies in Malayalam in the world, established in 1927.
Dr Chelanattu Achutha Menon, an eminent scholar, was the first Head of the
Department. Sri. Siromani P Krishnan Nair, Dr S.K.Nayar, Dr K.N. Ezhuthachan,
Dr Kalavathi, Dr K.M. Prabhakaravariar, Dr C.G. Rajendra Babu, Dr V. Jayaprasad, the stalwarts who offered their service to the Department for the glorious academic history of the Department.

The OPEN WINDOW is a form of creative and research activities conceived and
found by the students of Department of Malayalam,University of Madras. It
actively indulges in several curricular and co-curricular activities like research
discussions, paper presentations, play performances, film-screening and so on

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