CFP: [Gender Studies] Good Sex, Bad Sex: Sex Law, Crime and Ethics

full name / name of organization: 
Dr Rob Fisher

1st Global Conference
Good Sex, Bad Sex: Sex Law, Crime and Ethics

Monday 4th May - Wednesday 6th May 2009
Budapest, Hungary

Call for Papers
How do we regulate and seek to deter sex crime? How do we support victims,
prosecute perpetrators and encourage lawful and discourage unlawful sexual
conduct? Should our strategies for perpetrators be rehabilitation,
punishment or deterrence and what are the implications of elements of each?
What about when the law prosecutes ‘victimless crimes’ or seems unjust in
relation to particular sexualities? Or fails to adequately protect the
innocent or regulate the guilty? How does law relate to ethics and our
understanding about what good and bad sex are? What ethical grounds do we
have for distinguishing good sex and bad sex?

These sorts of questions lie at the centre of this project, which seeks to
explore the terrain around sex law, sexual ethics and sex crime with a
critical edge that moves beyond simple disciplinary attentions to policy,
laws, social conventions or values to recognise the complexities and
contested questions around the way states and social institutions regulate
sexual conduct in contemporary societies and on what basis of principles.
The project will explore the role of law and ethics in guiding
prohibitions, permissions and regulations of different sexual conduct and
sexualities. It will explore the way in which law and other forms of
regulation have been used to police and repress desire and pleasure, and
the ways in which such prohibitions and regulations have been changed,
subverted, challenged or transgressed. This project seeks to generate
inter-disciplinary work that has a definite and critical engagement with
both sex law and sexual values and conventions in contemporary societies,
and collectively represents intellectual work for the betterment of sexual
ethics in sexual conduct in society and more informed and just regulation
of different sexualities.

The project welcomes papers, panels and presentations from all disciplines,
professions and vocations who have an interest in sex law and sex crime and
the development of a more ethical sexuality and ethical regulation of
sexuality. It welcomes critical engagements that challenge convention and
make us think anew about issues of sex and society within a framework of
ethical beneficence and just legality.

Papers, panels and workshops are particularly sought for the following themes:

1. Sex Crime and the Law

    * Rape and the law against sexual coercion and violence
    * Sex laws and diversity in sexual identity and conduct
    * Sex laws and the regulation of sex and sexuality in comparative societies
    * The relationship between sex law and notions of good or ethical sexuality
    * Sex laws and sexual pathology and prejudice in contemporary societies
    * Sex law and the lessons of historical legal prohibitions or
regulations of sex and sexuality

2. Sex Law and Its Agencies

    * Sex law and the judicial process
    * Sex Law and policing sex and sexualities
    * Sex Law and the selectivities of the state
    * Sex Law and the role of the state in regulating and prohibiting sex
and sexualities
    * Sex Law and the discretion within criminal justice systems

3. Ethics and the Principles of Sexual Conduct

    * What are the principles and standards of sexual ethics?
    * What sex and sexualities should be prohibited, regulated or permitted?
    * What forms of sexual orientations, behaviours and relationships are
ethical or unethical?
    * How should ethics relate to sex law and what other ideas of
principles should inform sex law apart from ethics?
    * Can we have ethically unsound sex that is legally permissible?
    * What are the problems of talking ethically about desire and pleasure?

4. Sex Law and Regulating Desire

    * Sex law and Sexual Commerce â€" pornography and prostitution
    * Sex Law and Sex Acts â€" permissible and impermissible sex
    * Desires, pleasures and the conceptual bases for ethical or legal
forms of prohibition or regulation
    * Regulation through knowledge â€" sex education and institutional sexual
    * Regulation of particular sexual agents â€" disability, mental illness
and other regulatory discourses
    * Regulation and culture â€" representing good and bad sex

5. Sex Crime and Its Agents

    * Understanding and treating the perpetrators of sex crime
    * Support and services for the victims of sex crime
    * Sex crime and the impact on survivors
    * Sex crime and its impact upon police and support agencies
    * Justice and obligation â€" the legal system and its impact on sex crime
perpetrators and victims

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel
proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word
abstracts should be submitted by Friday 9th January 2009. If an abstract is
accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by
Friday 10th April 2009. The draft paper should be of no more than 8 or 9
pages long and ready for a 20 minute (maximum) presentation during the

300 word abstracts should be submitted to both Organising Chairs; abstracts
may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract.

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you
do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not
receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to
look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Committee

Paul Reynolds
Reader in Sociology and Social Philosophy,
Centre Director, Centre for Research Ethics and Ethical Deliberation
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk, L39 4QP

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Leader
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom

The conference is part of the ‘Transformations’ research hub at ID.Net. We
aim to bring together people from different areas and interests to share
ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and
academic exploration. All papers accepted for and presented at this
conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers
may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume, or for the
Global Journal of Sensuality, Sexuality and the Erotic, published by the
Inter-Disciplinary Press.

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