International Law Dis/Oriented: Queer Legacies and Queer Futures


The Virtual Queer Workshop is a collection of events spread out over the week of 27 September 2021 - 1 October 2021.

Description of the project:

The Virtual Queer Workshop aims at providing a platform to take stocks of and ponder on the workings of queer analytical sensibilities and queer methods in the study of international law. It shall constitute a space for introspection and retrospection on this emerging research approach and to invent a dis/orienting (Ahmed 2006) future for international law through its conceptual queering. By welcoming (un-)conventional contributions, the event series aims at exposing the multiplicity of ways in which to produce knowledge and practice relative to the process of queering international law.

Through dynamic and transversal conversations among participants, the goal of the workshop is to explore whether and how queering international law is possible. While being heterogenous by definition, queer approaches to international law are generally concerned with gender, sexuality, power, normativities, boundaries and/or exclusions. They draw on a variety of anti-normative projects, including critical philosophy, feminist, post-colonial and decolonial, Marxist and ableist-critical perspectives.

The Virtual Queer Workshop conceptualises this plurality of approaches by thinking of queering international law as an endless and non-linear journey with different stops and stations. In this journey, subjects and concepts travel over borders and boundaries, go back and forth. Sometimes, subjects and concepts reside in the same place for a long time and make the space around them their home, before they move on and become ‘out of place’ somewhere else. Sometimes, their journey is stopped by border controls and visa restrictions. Thus, the Virtual Workshop also seeks to analyse the realities of (im)mobility, exclusions and inclusions created in and through queer methods and methodologies in international law.

There is no thematic restriction in the Virtual Queer Workshop, except that the contributions should address the use of queer methods and methodologies in the research or practice of international law. The terms “methods” and “methodologies” are left to personal interpretation. We are keen on reaching out to an interdisciplinary audience as well as fostering discussions on the interrelationship between queer research and queer practice in international law.

Specifications regarding the contributions:

We welcome contributions in various formats. In addition to conventional academic formats, such as presentations and discussions, we encourage people to embark on creative knowledge production processes. These can include literary, visual and performing arts, as well as any other means to present knowledge and practices in queering international law through online tools. We accept contributions in English and in French. If these languages pose an obstacle, we can try to accommodate participants with translations. In this case, please reach out to us.

Output publication:

While we welcome different formats of contributions for the event, we also aim to put together a special journal issue on queer methods and methodologies. Thus, contributions to the workshop can also become part of this special journal issue. If you are interested in publishing in this special issue, in addition to your contribution during the Virtual Workshop, please indicate so in your application (see below). The process relative to the publication will be communicated later on.

Information on the process:

2 July 2021 (11:59 pm CET): Deadline of the call for contributions.
Mid-July: Communication to the applicants about the selection process.
End of August: Communication of the programme to the participants. We will design the programme of the Virtual Workshop keeping in mind the different time zones and availability of everyone.
Mid-September: Submission of written contributions to the workshop.
27 September 2021 - 1 October 2021: The Virtual Workshop will take place at different times during the week.
The process relative to the publication will be communicated later on.

Application for contributing to the event series:

If you are interested in contributing to the Virtual Workshop, we invite you to let us know by filling out this form no later than 2 July 2021 (11:59 pm CET).


If you have any questions on the call for contributions, please do not hesitate to contact us via queerlawgraduateinstitutech.

Bérénice K. Schramm (Bahcesehir University)
Juliana Santos de Carvalho (IHEID)
Lena Holzer (IHEID)
Manon Beury (IHEID)


10. Juni 2021


02. Juli 2021


Gender Centre (IHEID)