Call for Participants: LGBTQ+ Studies at Risk
23 November 2022
This two-day conference aims to connect queer researchers from different disciplines across the humanities and social sciences to share expertise and encourage much-needed interregional dialogue. Deadline to respond: December 23rd 2022
LGBTQ+ researchers face increasing challenges in carrying out their work due to global democratic backsliding and shrinking space for civil society. LGBTQ+ scholars studying authoritarian or hostile regimes often focus on their own locality and rarely get a chance to connect with scholars from other regions, despite facing similar struggles, risks, and ethical questions.
This two-day conference aims to connect queer researchers from different disciplines across the humanities and social sciences to share expertise and encourage much-needed interregional dialogue. The conference is designed to assist early-career researchers and PhD students in creating a network of LGBTQ+ researchers working in hostile or authoritarian localities. It will feature panel discussions, keynote lectures from academic and non-academic experts, closed knowledge exchange sessions for researchers, and seminars teaching applicable skills to address the unique needs of LGBTQ+ researchers.
Workshops will include:
- The ethical challenges posed when obtaining informed consent in an authoritarian environment
- Participatory action research and researcher safety: what do we owe our participants?
- Digital safety workshop: Mitigating the impact of state-level hacking attempts
- Vicarious trauma: Recognizing and managing it
- Coping with arrest and confinement
- When activism and the academy collide: A space for activist researchers to share their experiences and the challenges they face
We are seeking proposals for panels and roundtables related to:
- Risk management and ethics in the field
- Digital ethnography
- Archival research
- Relationships between research and activism
- Other related topics
Chosen participants and contributors will be invited to a hybrid two-day conference 23-24 March 2023 at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.
Please fill in the google form by December 23rd 2022 stating your desire to participate and/or present. We aim to send out responses by January 11th 2023.
This conference is supported by the IAS Octagon Small Grants Fund