Friday, February 20, 2004

Tolerance to Transformative Change

The Juggernaut of “Beyond Tolerance” Hosts a Conference: Let’s hear it for “Transformative Change”

Those interested in the phenomenon of the “beyond tolerance” movement (see also earlier Blog: January 21, 2004 “The Difference Between Tolerance and Welcome") might be interested in the following online call for papers issued by a Canadian Journal for Queer Studies by two professors from the University of Toronto.

It was just sent to us by an alert reader in England and more or less speaks for itself. It is interesting to note that from the list of “other forms of oppression” – anti – religion is not mentioned! It was Huey Long (1893-1935) Louisiana governor and U.S. senator who said, “When fascism comes to America it will come in the name of democracy.” Here is the online advert for the conference….

Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education

Call for Papers
Issue 1: Inventing the Queer Classroom

The first issue of the Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education welcomes all submissions related to the theme, 'Inventing the Queer Classroom'. From primary to graduate education, we want to hear about the experiences of students, professors, teachers, and staff challenging homophobic and heterosexist theory and practice in academia. In particular, we invite submissions examining queer discourse in various disciplines, methods of teaching queer topics in different educational contexts, and ideas for shifting from a discourse of tolerance to one of transformative change. [Emphasis added] In your work, we challenge you to consider how queer oppression intersects with other forms of oppression (i.e., sexism, racism, classism, ableism, anti-Semitism, etc.) and how we can form alliances with others who are committed to eliminating oppression from education. Together, we can strategize to create queer-positive classroom environments and anti-oppressive discourse in every discipline at all levels of education.

Some will welcome, some will fear but how very, very queer to the democratic ear!

Iain T. Benson©