We invite proposals for an exciting and provocative conference held on October 7, 2011 at Arizona State University West Campus in Phoenix, AZ 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.
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 parenting
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 asphyxiation
Locating Sexual Institutions – film ratings boards, regulating hate speech, new theories of BDSM, trans architecture
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 at a new non-profit restaurant near downtown Phoenix that specializes in local, organic, sustainable foods. 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:
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