Queerly Canadian: Changing Narratives
A conference at the University of British Columbia
June 5-6, 2009
“Queerly Canadian: Changing Narratives” highlights scholarship that explores fictional and non-fictional narratives that make and measure change (individual, political, community, and cultural). Specifically, the conference will ask how queer narratives have changed, not only the changes from l/g to l/g/b to l/g/b/t to queer, but our changing sense of ourselves in relation to society and to history.
The impetus for the conference is to recognize the importance of the narratives that Jane Rule created in her fiction and her essays as the conference marks the expansion of the Rule archives at the University of British Columbia this year. While Jane Rule’s work is the impetus for the conference, we want to include attention to other North American writers, artists, activists and scholars who have enriched and complicated narratives of l/g/b/t or queer lives and communities.
Nicole Brossard, poet and novelist, most recently Cahier de roses & de civilization (Notebook of Roses and Civilization)
Evelyn White, writer and biographer, most recently Alice Walker: A Life.
Richard Cavell, scholar and writer, Sexing the Maple: Texts, Documents and Criticism, edited with Peter Dickinson
Marilyn R. Schuster, scholar, Passionate Communities: Reading Lesbian Resistance in Jane Rule’s Fiction.
This conference is made possible through the generous support of The Jane Rule Endowment for the Study of Human Relationships