Gender and Love / The Gender and Love Project

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 4:00am to Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 10:30am

Gender and Love
The Gender and Love Project

Sunday 20th September – Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:
The “Gender and Love” project calls for reflections on the interaction between gender and love and how this nexus of ideas pertains to self-perception, (dis-)ability, ethics, religion, kinship, bonding, nationality, globalization, environment, etc.  The project welcomes elaborations on gender and love in all forms, styles, and media, past or present. It invites not mere descriptions of, but attempts to grapple with inconsistencies and gaps in knowledge of how gender and love are constructed, mutually construct each other, and are culturally (re-)presented.

The project’s central questions are:

How do interactions of gender and love promote particular performances of gender and sexuality; conceptions of individual and collective identity; formations of community; notions of the human; and moral attitudes to other human beings, animals, the non- or post-human, and the environment?

Papers, performances, presentations, reports, works-in-progress, and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

1. Love as a Disciplinary Force: Productions of Gender:
* Love, Gender, Essentialism and Ontology
* Love, Gender and Narrative
* Love, Gender and the Law
* Love, Gender and Religion

2. Norms, Normativity, Intimacy:
* Rituals and Rites
* Conventions, Commitments and Obligations
* Choices and Respect; Loyalty and Trust
* Transgressions and Taboos

3. Gendered Yearnings:
* Personhood and Identity
* Body Politics and Belonging
* Love and Gender Performativity
* Transgender Desires
* Queer Kinship Formations
* Queer Conceptualisations of the State
* Interpersonal attraction

4. Representations of Gender and Love:
* Aesthetics and Intelligibility
* Gendered Narrations of Love
* Media, Gender and Love

In 2015, and adding to our general issues, we are particularly interested in exploring and understanding gender and love from a global perspective. Does globalization affect transformations of intimacy; gendered yearnings, and bonding strategies? Do global concerns set new contexts for enacting the politics of gender and love, maybe leading to increased tolerance of sexual and kinship diversity? Or does globalization provoke local defense mechanisms to protect and impose heteronormative performances of gender and love? What do “glocal” negotiations of gender and love look like and how viable are they as culturally composite constructs?

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st May 2015. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 3rd July 2015. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: GL5 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Dikmen Yakalı-Çamoğlu:
Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the ‘Gender and Sexualities ’ series of research projects run by ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.


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