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Registration for the upcoming “ANYTHING BUT SAFE: Sex, Sexuality, and
Gender” National Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University
of South Florida, on the 6th, 7th, and 8th of March 2009 is now open.
Deadline for proposals is January 5, 2009.
Please visit our website at for
registration details, conference events, and the complete conference
Conference Focus:

The theme of this interdisciplinary 2009 conference is sex, sexuality, and
gender. We hope this very broad topic will allow us to explore current
issues in scholarship and pedagogy that relate to all aspects of sex,
sexuality, and gender. It's inclusive but still specific. These terms
have been contested in all aspects of society and the humanities:
literature, women’s studies, philosophy, theory, sociology, history,
anthropology, etc. People like sex, society eschews sexuality, and
academia banters about gender theory.

The English Graduate Student Association at the University of South
Florida invites paper proposals from graduate students of all disciplines
responding to the title of our conference, "Anything But Safe: Sex,
Sexuality, and Gender." We would like presenters to explore the ways that
sex, sexuality, and gender reflect the attitudes of the past, present or
future as well as examine the ways that these constructions work against
and within the existing order. Our keynote speaker will be Kate
Bornstein, an author, playwright, and performance artist. Her most recent
book is titled, Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Sucides for Teens,
Freaks, and other Outlaws. Other information can be found at her website:

When we, as academics, associate sex, sexuality and gender as 'anything
but safe,' we refer to the original idea that these terms are culturally
constructed. As constructions, they are necessarily informed by cultural
circumstances and manipulated according to the existing expectations of
class, race, and power relations. Moving forward to post-modern/post-
structuralist readings of these terms that reject bright-line definitions
in favor of more fluid imaginings that are unstable, and hence unsafe, we
seem to be left with no safe venue in which to discuss sex, sexuality, and
gender. Someone will ultimately be left out or offended. Thus, conference
presenters are encouraged to investigate the various intersections of
sex/gender issues and their specific area of specialty (such as
literature, film studies, education/pedagogy, psychology, anthropology,
sociology, biology, medicine, history, American studies, political
science, international studies, or religious studies).

EGSA requests that paper or panel proposals address some specific aspect
of modern life (i.e, literature, academia, history, film, popular culture,
etc.) in terms of sex, sexuality or gender. Presenters are welcome to
discuss how modernity eschews normalized definitions of these terms or
examine how sex, sexuality, and gender have become destabilized concepts.
We will give special consideration to papers that address how cultural
constructs of sex, sexuality, and gender are 'anything but safe.' Because
destabilization is not a new idea, we are specifically looking for papers
that scrutinize how these terms translate into society, politics,
textbooks, or within the confines of the classroom. Possible topics are
Pedagogical imperatives in multi-gendered classrooms
Sexuality and film
Sex and authority
Gender and authority
Eroticism in literature and film
Putting the "liberal" into liberal arts
Sex and society: sexually-charged current events
Sexuality and Sex: secular vs. religious views
Shattered images of masculinity/femininity in contemporary life and
Same-sex bonding rituals as traced through history/anthropology
Nudity, pornography, and new media (tv, ads, internet, youtube,
Sexual rubrics: how (American) "society" evaluates others based upon their
sexual conduct
The objectification/economization/commodification of female/male bodies
Sex, sexuality, and elective surgery
Feminists and the free-love movement
Sexual warfare: war rapes/crimes against women, gender/sexual-
orientation/etc.-based hate crimes
Ethics of female genital mutilation
Cohabitation's impact on the sanctity/necessity of marriage
Generation seX: what has become normalized in today's sexualities? What
remains taboo?
Politicizing sex
The female factor in contemporary international politics
Sex and STDs
Sex crimes and the law
Sex and 21st Century religions
Hot for teacher: problems in the recent student-teacher sex epidemic
Rhetoric of seduction in film and literature
Multiple mindsets: psychology behind swinging, orgies, infidelities, and
so on

This conference aims to explore present and past narratives of sex,
sexuality, and gender and to ask what is at stake when these unsafe
narratives are shared. We aim to publish a selection of the conference
proceedings in a special issue of Banyan, our graduate peer-reviewed
online journal. Please visit our website at for more

Please email 250-500 word abstracts or panel proposals to Chrissy Auger at or Taylor Mitchell at by January
5, 2009.

Keynote Speaker: Kate Bornstein will give a keynote address on March 6th
and a offer a gender workshop on March 7th
Conference Venue: The Marshall Center at the University of South Florida,
Tampa, Florida. Besides conference events, we offer south Florida
temperatures and beaches in March. We would also like to extend free
accommodations, in USF graduate homes, to traveling graduate students.

The “Anything but Safe” conference is a joint venture between the English
Graduate Student Association and supported by University of South
Florida’s Humanities Institute.

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