Sponsored by The Bartlett School of Architecture and The Graduate School, University College London
11 December 2012, University College London, UK
Abstracts due 01 September 2012
Aimed at a multi-disciplinary group of scholars, this one-day workshop seeks to broadly explore the ways that home can be an important site of identity formation relating to sexuality. We hope to showcase both recently completed and on-going research that looks at this intersection through a broad range of sexualities and experiences. Confirmed speakers include architectural critic Aaron Betsky (director, Cincinnati Art Museum) and human geographer Andrew Gorman-Murray (lecturer, University of Western Sydney).
Located in one of the top architecture schools in the UK, the workshop aims to investigate sexuality and home in terms of their spatial qualities and intersections. Possible topics include: home as a spatial imaginary which is both located and mobile, symbolic and material, emotive and political, public and private, or sited across various scales such as urban, national or global; sex, material culture and domesticity; home as an affirmative space or one of sexual resistance and how this manifests itself in the physical environment; interior design, home and sexuality; and queering the home, which may not necessarily be about sexuality. Additional themes might explore the spatiality of home with sexual identity through the lens of religion, non-human as well as human subjectivities, migration, food or cooking practices, and class or gender.
We welcome research sited in contemporary and historic eras, as well as local, national and international projects. Given the interdisciplinarity of the workshop and its location, presenters will be selected not only on academic merit of their research, but also to fulfil a variety of creative presentation formats, such as conventional papers, installations, pin-ups, exhibitions, demonstrations, performances etc. Proposals from academics in disciplines including but not limited to anthropology, architecture, gender studies, geography, history, performance studies, queer theory, sociology, and urban studies are encouraged to send a 300 word abstract.
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