Competing Diversities: Traditional Sexualities and Modern Western Sexual Identity Constructions Mexico City, 1 – 5 June 2005
In many cultures throughout the world, traditional sexualities and alternative sexual identities are disappearing or transforming as a result of the diffusion of modern western sexual identity constructions and the emergence of global gay and lesbian subcultures modeled on North American and European cultural models. It can be argued that a queer globalization has taken place. The conference “Competing Diversities” seeks to examine issues related to the interaction and confrontation between traditional sexualities and western sexual identity constructions across a wide range of perspectives.
This is the first conference with such a focus in Mexico and the conference forms part of the Diversity and Dialogue conference circle organized by Enkidu Magazine in Mexico City in cooperation with ADETEA, the Association for Anthropology Students at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico in Toluca.
Papers are welcomed on virtually all related topics and themes, independently of time, period and space, as well as interdisciplinary perspectives. Also papers of comparative phenomena are welcome. Possible themes and topics might include:
Colonisation of the body and the mind
Representations of indigenous sexualities in colonial and post colonial discourse
Historical representations of alternative sexualities
The historiography of homosexualities and sexual identity formations
Enslavement of bodies and voices
Sexualitities in transition
The role of culture in sexual identity formations.
Wide and diverse interpretations of the conference themes are encouraged.
500 word abstracts should be submitted to the organizing committee in English, Spanish, German or French as e-mail attachment by 15th of February 2005. The conference languages will be English and Spanish.
Papers should be of approximately 30 minutes duration (circa 8 - 10 pages). Other forms of presentation, for instance workshops, panel debates and poster sessions will be considered on request.
Panel proposals should include a description of the panel’s theme, an abstract of each paper, the name of the panel chair, and a short bio from each participant.
Graduate and postgraduate students are encouraged to attend and present papers. Selected papers from the conference will be published in book form.
Abstracts are to be submitted by the 15th of February 2005, along with the presenter’s name, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation. All correspondence for this conference will be conducted via email.
More information is available at the conference web page (web address shown below).
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