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7th Global Conference: Persons & Sexuality (October 2014: Montreal, Canada)
full name / name of organization:
Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net
7th Global Conference: Persons & Sexualities
Monday 20th October – Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Call for Presentations:
How do we understand the different desires and pleasures that people engage in, and by which they define who they are and how they interact with others? How do we conceive of and make sense of different sexualities beyond simple and often flawed notions of ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ or ‘deviant’ or ‘perverse’? What is at stake when we discuss sex and sexuality in the context of embodiment and the material (and messy) physicality of sex play? How do desires, identities, behaviours and practices interplay in sexual expressions in contemporary life? What challenging questions do we face in researching and theorising sexuality in the 21st Century?
The study of sexuality has developed significantly over the last 20 years and this revamping of the ‘sexualities’ conference seeks to explore issues of sex and sexuality relationally. It departs from the understanding that sexuality is socially constructed and reproduced through practices. Classifications and definitions of sex, gender and sexuality are constructed in our culture but they come “alive” and are embodied as people define themselves as particular sexual subjects, and engage in sex according to specific orientations and desires. This position-taking of individuals occurs in the context of specific social spaces and social structures, such as gender, class, race and ethnicity, etc. As people intimately interface and erotically engage with one another, sexual practices are reproduced and re-grooved, at times shaping and ingraining classifications of difference and inequality; at times new and novel ways to understand and live sexuality are forged, transforming the realm of possibility beyond the normative.
The project seeks to develop a space for discussion and debate about the interplay of identities, orientations, desires, pleasures, taboos, relations, behaviours and practices of sex and sexuality across a range of critical, contextual and cultural perspectives. Seeking to encourage innovative, creative, inter, multi and post disciplinary dialogues in national and global contexts, we welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand what it is to be sexual and how sex and sexuality are negotiated and lived. We particularly welcome papers that explore the creative spaces where biology, sexology, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, arts and humanities, philosophy and contemporary theories and critiques – social constructionism, queer theory, crip theory and affect theory – collide, oppose, conjoin and intermesh, bringing one another to fruitful crisis.
We welcome traditional papers, panels, workshop proposals and other forms of performance – recognising that different disciplines express themselves in different mediums and seek submissions on any of the following themes:
2) Sexual and Embodied Practices
3) Sexual Space/ Sexual Time
4) Sexual Affect and Relationships
5) Narrative, Aesthetic and Creative Representations of Sexuality
6) Sexual Citizenship: Belonging and Activism
7) Uncomfortable Territories
Proposals will be considered on any related theme.
What to send:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). 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.
The conference is part of the Gender and Sexuality programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.
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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.