Anarchism & Sexuality: ethics, relationships and power
4 November 2006 University of Leeds
Sponsored by the SGSA
Anarchism offers a tremendous body of knowledge and practice challenging the legitimacy of coercion, domination and rigid social hierarchies. Sexuality is a realm of social life all too frequently characterised by (or produced through) hierarchy. Both in terms of theoretical writing and other forms of social action, anarchist traditions are rarely acknowledged for their potential in addressing issues of sexuality. Likewise, in much anarchist writing and action, sexuality has been and continues to be all too frequently marginalised. However, while underacknowledged, marginalised efforts have had great impacts. The aim of this conference is to explore the potentially very productive intersections of anarchism and sexuality: past, present and future.
In the best anarchist tradition, the event will be defined by people who participate. What would you like to see happen? What kind of discussions do you think are important? Would you like to present a paper, facilitate a discussion, organise a workshop or contribute in other ways?
We imagine papers, discussions & workshops about things like:
diy women's health
autonomous queer spaces
inter-linked hierarchies of race, class, gender, sexuality and authority
the sexual politics of various anarchisms
queer theory & poststructuralism
sexual harassment & the capitalist workplace
sexual practice as anarchy in action
direct action sexual politics
the sexual politics of hierarchy
sex education and sexual health
rape and abuse
gay marriage debates
sex work & organisation
addressing sexuality in anarchist collectives/networks/movement(s)
the erotics of capitalism and its alternatives
the sexual State
anarchist sexualities: theories and practices
Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words, along with a brief biographical introduction. Papers from all perspectives will be considered. Papers should aim to be accessible and to encourage discussion.
WORKSHOPS & FACILITATED DISCUSSIONS
Please send us a proposal (1 page at most) which addresses the following questions:
* how long would you want for your session (e.g., 1 or 2 hours)? * do you want to limit the number of participants? If so, how many? * what are the aims of the session? What do you envision coming out of it? * how does the session work toward those aims? * what experience would you bring to the session? * Would your session be exclusive in anyway? (e.g., women only, men only, activist focused, etc - it's ok if it is! Just let us know.)
DEADLINE: 1 July 2006
REGISTRATION: Costs of participation have yet to be determined but will be kept to an absolute minimum and on a sliding scale. If possible, we also aim to provide a small number of travel grants. Please contact us to be kept up to date on these details.
We welcome groups interested in anarchism and/or sexuality to participate by organising workshops, sending folk along or providing materials for distribution (whole info stalls or bunches of leaflets, flyers, etc).
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTS
Proposals toward evening entertainments, artistic interventions, etc very welcome!
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