The Sex in History Symposium is seeking contributions that explore the evolution, representation, and social construction of sex, gender, sexuality and/or related phenomena in history. We are interested in papers that explore sexual activity in historical context, including, but not limited to such issues as: the formation of sexual identities (e.g., different-sex, same-sex, bisexual and queer identities); sexuality and marriage (premarital, courtship, adultery, divorce-related themes); individual sexuality (celibacy and masturbation); fertility and sexuality (menstruation; birth control, abortion, vasectomy and other technologies); sexual subcultures; geographies of sexuality; prostitution; sexually transmitted disease; HIV/AIDS and sexuality; representations of sexuality (e.g., pornography, erotica, safer sex campaigns); the medicalization of sexualities (e.g., sexology, psychiatry; perversions and paraphilias); sex education; moral reform movements; legal regulation of sexuality; sexual violence; globalization and sexuality; historiographical and theoretical approaches to sexuality (e.g., marxism, feminism, queer theory).
Papers should be no more than twenty minutes long. Titles, abstracts of 200 words and a brief CV for individual papers should be sent by 15 October 2004. Offers to organize a panel for the conference are particularly welcome. Panel proposals (featuring three paper-presentations total) should include panel title, brief description of panel theme, name of the panel chair, as well as full details of each of the three papers. Applicants will be notified by 30 October 2004. It is anticipated that a publication will arise from the conference papers.
University of Melbourne
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