NGender 2016 Conference: Liberation, Struggle and Resistance (May 18, 2016 - University of Sussex)

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NGender - University of Sussex Gender and Sexuality Research Collective
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We are delighted to announce that NGender will host its third annual conference on Wednesday 18th May 2016, generously supported by the University of Sussex Doctoral School's Researcher-Led Inititative (RLI) Fund.

NGender is a research collective of postgraduate students at the University of Sussex with interests in gender and sexuality research. The annual conference has become a brilliant way of sharing ideas with a wider network of researchers and activists. This year, the conference is open to all practitioners, activists, students, academics and researchers interested in theory, experience, and interpretations of "liberation", "struggle" and "resistance" in relation to gender and sexualities.

2015 has been a year of both liberations and struggles for feminists and LGBTQI activists. On the one hand, it has been hailed by the Huffington Post UK as the year "Transgender Rights came of age," with both Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner becoming household names. The popularity of RuPaul's Drag Race brought drag culture to the mainstream; Playboy called an end to its inclusion of nude photos; and, the all-female Ghostbusters reboot began filming. Yet, movements of resistance gained traction, particularly against sexist advertising (i.e. "are you beach body ready?" advertisement for diet supplements) and transphobia (particularly in gendered spaces like public washrooms and prisons). If anything, 2015 shows the complex and often contradictory ways in which struggles and resistances are played out and observed. The NGender conference aims to facilitate discussion and unpick how we might come to better understand what liberation, struggle and resistance means in gender and sexuality research.

We welcome proposals for individual and collaborative papers, workshops, and performances. Proposals should clearly indicate their link to the theme of liberation, struggle and resistance in relation to gender and sexualities. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Theories, interpretations and conceptualizations
  • Activism, protest, social change and participation
  • Histories of social movements and resistance. E.g. feminism, women's movement, gay liberation front, trans rights
  • Intersections of race, class, nationality, language, age and ability
  • Subcultural resistance, transgressive behaviour and resistance through rituals
  • Auto/biographical studies and life writing
  • Sites of struggle: geographical spaces, public/private places, the body, resistance through the archives
  • Education, economics, politics, law and justice
  • Literary and linguistic analyses and interventions
  • Approaches to liberation and resistance in film, media, social media and music
  • Approaches to resistance and struggle in the use of art and creative production
  • Reflections on liberation through medical science, health and technology
  • The commercialisation of resistance

The day will require the active participation of both presenters and participants in an interactive exploration of themes aimed at producing a 'multi-voiced' dialogue.

Proposals should be sent in a Word document (.doc or .docx) format and include:

  • Your name and (if applicable) University affiliation (school/department)
  • A 40 word biography
  • Details of what you would like to present i.e. individual paper proposal, group paper, workshop-style presentation
  • Provide an abstract proposal of no more than 300 words.

The deadline for all abstracts is Friday, March 4, 2016.

All submissions and queries should be directed to ngender@sussex.ac.uk.