Moral Panics of Sexuality Conference Oct. 7th (Deadline July 15th)

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Arizona State University Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies
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Call for Papers

The Moral Panics of Sexuality

Conference at Arizona State University
West Campus
Phoenix, AZ

Friday, October 7, 2011

E-mail proposals & questions by July 15, 2011

We invite proposals for an exciting and provocative conference
that will address what we are calling the moral panics of
sexuality, or, if you prefer, scary sex. Moral panics of
sexuality may include practices, representations, and
philosophies held in the imagination as deviant, or more
precisely, the source of anxious unease if not full-blown
disgust. Accordingly, we invite radical proposals that may
alternatively challenge, incite, or provoke moral panic.

Proposals are due July 15th, 2011 and should include a title
and abstract of approximately 350-500 words. Please
specify whether you would like to be considered for an
individual paper (approximately 20 minutes each), or for
brief roundtable presentations (5-10 minutes) followed by
open discussions with attendees. Send submissions to Please direct all inquiries to this
address and you will receive a prompt response.

Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

Changing Narratives of Disgust, Deviance, and Normality –
vagina dentata, castration panics, histories of
pornography, miscegenation panics, menstrual anarchy,
purposive body hair growth/removal, visible fetishes, "pro-
anorexia" movements

Radical Reproductive Politics – birth orgasms,
fetishization of pregnant women, breast milk hysteria, new
visions of abortion politics, selective pro-natalisms,
voluntary sterilization initiated by young women, surrogacy
and transnational adoption

Radical Philosophies of Sexuality – erotics of Bataille,
asexual manifestos, feminist and queer critiques of love
and marriage, queer death drive

Legal Critiques of Sexual Morality – revising sex offending
discourse, sex toy bans, managing children's sexuality,
regulation of adolescent clothing, prisoner bodies, trans

Queer(ing) Performances – lesbian dildo debates, anti-
assimilationist gay pride, no homo, queer crip performance,
public debates over arts funding

Abject and Extreme Sexualities – cancer and sex, radical
ageist critiques, fatness studies, trans surgeries, anti-
surgery intersexuality, body mutilations, schizophrenia and
sexuality, suicidality, snuff films, autoerotic

Locating Sexual Institutions – film ratings boards,
regulating hate speech, new theories of BDSM, trans

Medicalized Sexualities – induced orgasms, labiaplasty and
genital surgeries, sexualized nutrition, forced ingestion,
breast augmentation, organ trafficking

Viral Circulation of Bodies and Sexualities – subversive
video games, anti-social-networking rhetoric, sexting
panics, cell phone pornography, sex trafficking and mail
order brides

About the Conference
The event is free to all registered participants. It will
be located at Arizona State University's West campus in
sunny Phoenix, Arizona (approximately 20 minute drive from
the Phoenix airport). October promises to bring warm – not
hot! – weather and plenty of opportunity for desert
merriment and relaxation. The conference will start with a
series of back-to-back keynote speakers and will include an
informal lunch followed by an afternoon of concurrent panel
and roundtable sessions. Dinner in the evening will be
provided free-of-charge to attendees in downtown Phoenix. Shared rides will be provided to dinner and back to the hotel.

Confirmed Keynote Presenter

Heather Warren-Crow

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton Crescent
Hotel at 2620 West Dunlap Avenue for October 6th and 7th at
$109.00 a night (the rate will also be offered three days
before and after the conference for those who wish to
extend their trip). The rate includes in-room internet
access, a hot breakfast buffet, and access to fitness, spa,
waterslide, business, and dining facilities. There will be
a free shuttle service to and from the conference site, and
free on-site parking. Reservations must be made by
September 6, 2011 to ensure the group rate. Please call
602-943-8200 to make your reservations; the group name is
"ASU West." The Sheraton Crescent website is: