2nd Global Conference
Critical Issues in Sex and Sexuality
Wednesday 30th November - Saturday 3rd December 2005
Call for Papers
This research and publications conference seeks to examine issues of sex and sexuality across a range of critical and cultural perspectives, and seeks to explore the associated contexts of love, desire, intimacy, the erotic, betrayal and cheating. Seeking to encourage innovative inter- and multidisciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to art and art history, anthropology, cinema and film studies, cultural studies, education, English literarture, gender studies, history, law, literature, medicine, philosophy, psychology, religion and theology, sociology and social work. We also welcome contributions from queer activists and professionals in non-profit and non-government organizations.
In particular papers, workshops, reports, and presentations are invited on any of the following themes:
1. Sex, Sexuality, and Citizenship
The political main streaming of lesbian and gay issues, lobbying, queer activism, transgender movements and transsexual movements
Sexuality and religion: institutional inclusion/exclusion of sexual minorities, celibacy, sexuality and spirituality, religion and gender roles
Sexuality and health issues - HIV/AIDS, medicines, access to medicines; health care; health education; sexual initiations/rites of passage
Collective Identities: race, class, gender, and the production of sexuality
Sexuality and Work: sex work, sexuality and the workplace; sexuality and power: role playing, legal issues/cases, legislation/policy making
2. Love, Desire, and Intimacy
Psychoanalysis, cultural studies, interdisciplinary approaches
What is love, what does it mean to desire, and in what contexts is intimacy possible? The nature of romance; the contexts of passion.
Cultural context and media representations - art, cinema, cyber-portrayals, film, literature, radio, theatre
Notions of friendship, acquaintance and trust.
3. Sexuality and the Erotic
Understanding eroticism and the 'erotic': History of the erotic, the erotic and phases of human development
National and cultural histories of the erotic:the politics of the erotic including issues of censorship and transgression
The erotic imagination: the erotic in art, art history, literature, film and music
Gender, bodies and the erotic: sexuality and the erotic; the erotic and the perverse; eroticism & fetishism, fantasy
Love, sentiment, romanticism and the erotic: friendship, relationships and the erotic
4. Love, Sexuality, Betrayal, and Cheating
Cybersex, private sex and public sex; sexual intimacies; the rise of technology and the internet; virtual relationships, virtual betrayals
Cheating and betrayal, (in)fidelity, (dis)honesty and integrity; what it means to be in a relationship; what it means to be (un)faithful
Marriage, the marriage 'contract', adultery, break-up, divorce; 'affairs', 'the cheating heart', 'betrayal of confidence'
Papers will be considered on related themes. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 30th September 2005. Full draft papers should be submitted by Friday 18th November 2005.
All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in a themed hard copy volume.
Papers should be submitted to the organising committee as an email attachment in Word or WordPerfect; abstracts can also be submitted in the body of the email text rather than as an attachment.
Department of English, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK
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For further details about the conference please visit:
Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR UK
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