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**Call for papers: "Sexuality, Textuality, Image"**

The Second CISSGE Postgraduate Conference
University of Exeter
12th September 2008

**Supported by the FWSA**

The University of Exeter is delighted to host "Sexuality, Textuality,
Image": the second postgraduate conference of the Centre for the
Interdisciplinary Study of Sexuality and Gender in Europe (CISSGE).

Sexuality, Textuality, Image will provide a forum in which researchers
can explore the aesthetic, theoretical and cultural issues of
representation which are at play in texts and images, with a particular
focus on the concept of sexuality. We welcome papers which explore the
tensions of representation in a variety of texts - including art, film,
photography, drama, literature and media forms - in order to address some
of the key questions surrounding textuality and imagery. To what extent
can images be read as texts, and texts as images? What discursive and
iconographic issues can be said to surround specific texts?

Suggested topics include:

* Intertextuality and adaptation
* The politics and poetics of pornography
* The relationship between the high and the popular
* Masculinity/male studies
* Depictions of normative and non-normative sexualities
* The processes and pedagogies of reading images as texts, and texts as

We hope to contextualise these questions in relation to contemporary
culture, art history, performativity, queer theories, feminist theories,
transgender theories and approaches which may fall outside this aegis -
including bisexuality studies, masculinity studies, and heterosexuality

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Derek Duncan (University of Bristol), author of Reading and
Writing Italian Homosexuality (2005) and Cultural Encounters (2002).
Title: "'Princesa': Transgender/Transmedial/Transnational"

Professor Mick Mangan (University of Exeter), author of Staging
Masculinities (2002) and Performing [Dark] Arts (2007). Title: "Erotic
Theatres: Sexuality and Gender on the English Stage"

Please send expressions of interest/ abstracts (200 words max.) to
Michelle Parslow (M.L.Parslow_at_exeter.ac.uk by 30 June 2008.

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