CFP: Disrupting Visibility: The Politics of Passing


Location: Goldsmiths, University of London

Date: 12th June 2015

This conference seeks to explore passing in all its ramifications and the intricate work that it does. What are we doing when we are passing? Who passes and why? How can passing be a source of pride and shame, of pleasure and pain? How can passing be about danger and survival? How can passing be both transgressive and conservative?

We welcome contributions for 20-minute presentations from postgraduate students and early career researchers that explore passing in all its forms and representations. We are interested both in academic and more creative engagements with the subject, such as performances and visual presentations. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations of gender, race and class passing in art, film, popular media and literature
  • Transgender passing and experience
  • Lesbian, bisexual and gay invisibility: heterosexual passing
  • Passing and visibility: marked and unmarked bodies
  • Class passing: from social mobility to slumming
  • Passing as a survival strategy: negotiating social discrimination
  • Objectification and self-fashioning: passing as creative individualism
  • Unwillingly fitting stereotypes or assimilation: passing as violence
  • Refusing to pass: rejecting codes of conduct and queer expressions
  • Intersectional passing: navigating multiple identifications and borders
  • Passing as a challenge to “authentic” or “natural” identities or, passing as searching for the “real” self


Please email proposals of no more than 250 words to by Friday 10th April 2015. Please include also your name, institutional affiliation and a short biography of up to 100 words.

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