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Sociological explorations of sexuality in Europe

bodies, practices, and resistance in troubled times

Sociological explorations of sexuality in Europe: bodies, practices, and resistance in troubled times

This Midterm Conference of the ESA Sexuality Research Network wants to bring the different strands of sociological and interdisciplinary research on sexuality together, and establish dialogue between the research communities that have developed around them in Europe. In these challenging times for critical research, we need to preserve and develop spaces to put the sociological imagination at work - as critique of mainstream essentialist knowledge production on sexuality and sexual health and as critique of the hierarchies of knowledge in the competitive neoliberal academia.

CfP RN23 Midterm 2019

Cracow, 14-15 February 2019

Site: Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland

The goal of this Midterm Conference is to provide a space for exploring bodies, practices, and forms of resistance, and for decolonizing sexuality studies, in an effort to detect centre-periphery dynamics in research agendas, language, concepts, and methods. We would like to discuss how these dynamics are related to increasing transnational mobility and precarization of research work, and to the relations between academia and social movements as sites of knowledge production.

Aiming at geographical, theoretical, methodological and thematic diversity, we invite interested scholars to submit proposals exploring centres and margins in:

Bodies and practices

  • (un)gendering bodies and positionalities, transexuality, transgender, non-binary
  • a/sexual and intimate practices
  • queer and heteronormative tendencies in kinship, families and networks of care
  • consensual/ethical non-monogamies and affective networks

Intersections and mobilities

  • intersections of sexuality with disability studies, crip perspectives and fat studies
  • intersections of sexuality with race studies 
  • migrations, mobility and boundary struggles

Spaces and economies

  • sexuality and geography/locality/geo-temporality
  • sexuality, class dynamics and shifting hegemonies
  • sexual markets and sex work(s)
  • neoliberal academia and the challenges to sexuality research

Governing and resisting

  • sexual governmentality in Europe and its challenges between backlash and prefigurative politics
  • sexual/intimate citizenship and how the law affects the choice over bodies and relationships
  • claims from movements and grassroot associations pro- or against sexual rights (LGBT, abortion, medical assisted reproduction, gender education, sex workers rights groups…)
  • sexual health and the medicalization of sexuality
  • sexual/gender education and queer pedagogies
  • media and cultural representations and misrecognitions

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CFP RN23 MidTerm 2019