Queering Paradigms

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Queering Paradigms (QP) refers to an informal network, a series of conferences and a book series. QP originally started as a colloquium in February 2008 to celebrate LGBT History Month at Canterbury Christ Church University. This colloquium was in part a protest against the university's stance to prevent civil partnership ceremonies from taking place on campus.[1][2] The conferences have since taken place in Canterbury (UK), Brisbane (Australia), Oneonta (US), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Quito (Ecuador) and, again in the South of England (Winchester and Canterbury). The book series has five volumes so far.[3]

Queering Paradigms I (February 2009)[edit]

Poster for the first QP conference
Flyer for QP 1 in Canterbury

The first official Queering Paradigms conference was organised in February 2009[4] in Canterbury by B Scherer, a professor of comparative religion, gender and sexuality at Canterbury Christ Church University.[5] The book resulting from this conference was published by Peter Lang Oxford in 2010 and was edited by Scherer.[6]

Queering Paradigms II (April 2010)[edit]

This conference took place at the Queensland University of Technology[4][7] and was organised by Sharon Hayes,[8] Matthew Ball[9] and Angela Dwyer.[10] Former High Court Justice Michael Kirby gave a keynote speech,[11] which was widely commented upon in Australian newspapers.[12][13][14][15] Also the second book was published by Peter Lang and was edited by Scherer and Ball.[16]

Queering Paradigms III (April 2011)[edit]

QP 3 was organised at SUNY, Oneonta, by Kathleen O'Mara and Betty Wambui.[4][17][18] O'Mara and Liz Morrish edited the book.[19]

Queering Paradigms IV (July 2012)[edit]

QP conference organisers at the QP 4 conference in Rio de Janeiro
QP organisers

QP 4 took place in Rio de Janeiro and was organised by Rodrigo Borba, Elizabeth Lewis, Branca Fabrício and Diana Pinto,[4][20] who are also the editors of the QP 4 book(s): one book in English was published in 2014[21] and another volume has been planned as a bilingual book in Portuguese and Spanish.[22]

Queering Paradigms V (February 2014)[edit]

QP 5 took place in Quito, Ecuador in February 2014.[4][23][24][25] A regional QP colloquium was organised in Quito in October 2012.[26] QP 5 organisers continue to create social impact after the event, e.g. by lobbying for Equal Marriage in Ecuador.[27] The QP 5 book appeared early 2016.[28]

Queering Paradigms VI (July 2015)[edit]

Organised by QP founder B Scherer, QP 6 has taken place in the south of England in July 2015 and focused on the intersection of disability studies and queer studies. Held both at the University of Winchester and Canterbury Christ Church University, QP 6 part-merged with the VariAbilities II conference.[2][29] In a final event an Emerging Scholars' day was held at the University of Kent organised by the Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing.[30]

Queering Paradigms VII (June 2016)[edit]

QP 7 organisers and keynoters

QP 7 took place on the Cayman Islands and will be organised by local LGBTIQ+ activists under the sponsorship of Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.[31]

Key speakers were the Rt. Rev. Dr. Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham and Professor Emeritus Eugenio Raúl Zaffaroni, justice of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.[32]

Because the conference attracted some opposition from local politicians there was a police presence; there were however no reported disturbances.[33][34]

Queering Paradigms VIII (September 2017)[edit]

QP 8 will take place in Vienna from 20 September until 23 September 2017 at the University of Vienna.[35]


  1. ^ "Interview with Professor Scherer in English" (PDF). Associação de Linguística Aplicada do Brasil. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Scherer, B."Queering Paradigms: From Individual Resistance to Global-Local Impact". E-International Relations (2015)
  3. ^ Book series Queering Paradigms Peter Lang
  4. ^ a b c d e "Queering Paradigms". Canterbury Christ Church University. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Prof B Scherer". Canterbury Christ Church University. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ Scherer, B (ed.),Queering Paradigms Peter Lang (2010)
  7. ^ "QP2 webpage". Queensland University of Technology. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dr Sharon Hayes". Queensland University of Technology. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dr. Matthew Ball". Queensland University of Technology. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dr. Angela Dwyer". Queensland University of Technology. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ Kirby, Michael. "Gay marriage must be allowed: Justice Kirby". QUT. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ ABC News, 8 April 2010. "Kirby slams government inaction on same-sex marriage". ABC News. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ The Age, 8 April 2010. "Gay Ricky worth 10 judges, says Kirby". The Age. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ Berry, Petrina. "Former judge calls on government to come out on gay unions". The Brisbane Times, 8 April 2010. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  15. ^ Jeffrey, James. "Crazy about Rick". The Australian, 9 April 2010. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  16. ^ Scherer, B and Ball, M (Eds.),Queering Paradigms II Archived June 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.: Interrogating Agendas, Peter Lang (2011)
  17. ^ "Queering Paradigms III". SUNY Oneanta. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ Liz Morrish, "Queering Paradigms III". The Sentinel[permanent dead link] 11 (9) 2011, pp. 20-22.
  19. ^ O'Mara and Morrish, L (Eds.),Queering Paradigms III Archived July 23, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.: Queer Impact and Practices, Peter Lang (2013)
  20. ^ "Queering Paradigms 4". Associação de Linguística Aplicada do Brasil. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  21. ^ Lewis, Borba, Fabrício and Pinto (Eds..),Queering Paradigms IV Archived October 9, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.: South-North Dialogues on Queer Epistemologies, Embodiments and Activisms, Peter Lang (2014)
  22. ^ "Paper QP4". Associação de Linguística Aplicada do Brasil. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Queering Paradigms 5". FLACSO Ecuador. 
  24. ^ "CfP Queering Paradigms V". H-Net. 
  25. ^ "Las diversidades sociales y sexuales aún son incómodas" Archived April 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Hoy, 23 February 2014
  26. ^ "Announcement of the Colloquium". Faculdad Lationoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede Ecuador. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  27. ^ Campaña y lucha por el Matrimonio Civil Igualitario en Ecuador [Campaign and the Struggle for Equal Civil Marriage in Ecuador] (Youtube) (in Spanish). Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  28. ^ Viteri, María Amelia / Lavinas Picq, Manuela (eds), Queering Paradigms V[permanent dead link]: Queering Narratives of Modernity, Peter Lang (2016)
  29. ^ "Ethics Beyond Troubling: Towards Queer(ed) (Vari)Ability". 
  30. ^ CGSW [@KentCGSW] (25 July 2015). "Looking forward to welcoming all of @QueeringP6 and @VaribConf delegates to @UniKent today #EmergingScholars" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  31. ^ "Queering Paradigms 7 CfP". QueeringParadigms.com. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Bishop to speak on religion and homosexuality". Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Upcoming LGBT Conference Draws Ire of Bodden Town MLA". Cayman News Service. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Gay marriage here to stay, says bishop". Cayman News Service. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Queering Paradigms VIII". Universität Wien. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 

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