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Public/Sex: Connecting Sexuality and Service Learning--A Special Issue of Reflections
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Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacy
The spring 2010 issue of Reflections will explore the interplay between sexuality and literacy, asking us to reconsider the normative structures that position us as particular kinds of sexed/sexualized/gendered people, with certain trajectories of desire and intimacy. We invite authors and artists to reflect with us on community work (broadly conceived) that challenges our normative understanding of “service,” “learning,” “community,” and “citizenship,” particularly with regard to the multiple and intersecting discourses of gender and sexuality. What are the different ways in which we approach these issues? What are different ways in which these issues are already gendered, already sexualized?
We also ask that you consider the political implications of these discourses, as these often unrecognized literacy events open spaces for discrimination. How can service-learning and community engagement actively work towards positive social change and securing rights for individuals who may be denied them on the basis of sex/uality? What roles do academic/community partnerships play in current political battles over sexual issues such as battles over sex education, marriage initiatives, emergency contraceptives, funding for clinics, and others?
Essays should offer rich descriptions of actual practices, theoretical explorations of the nature of such work, or examples of project generated community-based materials. We are particularly interested in work that bring these various elements
* What are the different ways in which sexuality impacts academic/community partnerships?
We invite projects that consider how university/community partnerships can actively engage with questions of sexuality/sexual literacy. Explorations could range from
Please send inquiries by September 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org