The Mind the Gap LGBTQIA+ Conference is a free hybrid conference held on Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th of July 2023 at King’s College London. With this interdisciplinary conference we want to provide a space to enable the building of bridges between what is written in theory and what is experienced in practice.
Last year we addressed and explored the gaps between academic research and everyday LGBTQIA+ realities, by combining academic presentations with community speakers. This year we’re going one step further, by thinking about what it means to cross these gaps, and bring seemingly-separate dichotomies together.
We welcome abstracts for 15-minute (online or in-person) presentations from people at any stage of their research, in any discipline. Examples of topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Disrupting disciplines: academia in/through art
- Disrupting borders: migration and the queer politics of nationhood
- Disrupting self/other divides: the politics of the individual and its relation to the collective
- Disrupting language: the politics of naming, labels, and terms
- Disrupting disputes: queer masculinities, war, and international politics
- Disrupting bodies: embodiment, touch, sensuality and desire
- Disrupting expectations: solidarity and community in unexpected places
- Disrupting time: the past, present and future of LGBTQIA+ communities
- Disrupting propriety: the politics of respectability
- Disrupting spaces: queer geographies, queer places
- Disrupting complacency: addressing consent and sexual violence in LGBTQIA+ contexts
Don’t worry if your research doesn’t fall into these specific categories. We focus particularly on PhD and Early-Careers Researchers, but we welcome abstracts from any level of study.
If you have any questions or concerns about your work with regards to the conference, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter and Instagram @MTGConference
Please submit your abstract through our Google form by April 16th 2023. If for any reason you cannot access the form, please let us know via the email above. If you submitted an abstract to us last year, you are very welcome to submit again. All submissions will be carefully considered by the PhD researcher and community activist organising team. We look forward to receiving all your emails/forms!