Call for Papers


UCLA LGBTQ Studies’ 27th Q-Grad Conference is seeking graduate student papers and creative work that speaks to the theme: Nonsense


We encourage proposal submissions from current graduate students (MA, MFA, MS, & PhD) whose work addresses, expands upon, and moves fluidly across differing methodologies, such as quantitative, qualitative, humanities, social science, life science, medical humanities. We also welcome proposals that practice anti-disciplinary modes of presentation or performance that move beyond a sensical conference paper, panel, or roundtable. We support in-person and virtual-conferencing modalities. Conference participants could address the following topics and queries:

  • Whose bodies and sexualities make (non)sense?
  • De/Anti/Post/colonial rationalities
  • Nonsensical emotions
  • The material conditions of un-making meaning
  • Nonsense as glitch
  • Nonsensical spaces and places
  • Nonsense and mental health
  • Senseless acts of violence
  • Nonsensical forms of speech
  • Narratives that go nowhere
  • Irrational fears
  • The absurd, the uncanny, the unnecessary
  • The refusal to make sense

QGrad at UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The last day to submit to the CFP is EXTENDED to Friday, February 18th at 11:59pm PST. Contributions are welcomed from all disciplines and can take the form of a research paper, workshop, or other creative proposition in alignment with the theme. The conference is scheduled to be held in-person, though virtual contributions will also be considered. Interested students should submit 250-word abstracts of their idea along with their CV, and a short 150-word bio as part of their applications.

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Deadline: Friday, February 18th, 2024, 11:59pm

Please Submit Abstracts Here