As an umbrella term for an expression of sexuality, kink refers to sexual practices at the edge of eroticism and outside what might typically be considered conventional or vanilla. Just as there exists more than one form of sexuality, similarly many forms of kinkexist. These can include but are not limited to power exchange, bondage, submission, domination, sadism, masochism, fetishes, role play, race play, age play, and fantasy. Practitioners of these and other forms of kink have a nuanced understanding of the intricacies involved which are firmly grounded in a set of beliefs underpinning its foundation: consent, boundaries, and safety. Public awareness of kink in its myriad forms is growing, thanks in part to films, Netflix and even mainstream television. While this is a positive step toward the acceptance of kink as part of a spectrum of sexual behaviour and attitudes, problems still arise with both those portrayals and the acceptance they are in part fostering. Practice is often far different from the way it is represented or depicted and both are often far different from assumptions and expectations of the larger culture.
Expanding on the inaugural meeting, the second global meeting on Kink is an inclusive interdisciplinary exploration and investigation of the sometimes conflicting ways kink is portrayed and practiced in people’s lives, with a view to forming a publication emerging from the discussions with the aim of engendering further interdisciplinary collaboration and discussion. We aim to forge advanced discussions between academics, scholars, professionals and practitioners to highlight these different perspectives, and foster new and exciting possibilities for future work and collaboration. The meeting encourages the bringing together of both the centre and the fringes, creating a safe space in which to discuss, analyse, think about, ask and answer questions about the ways that kink has been and continues to be a viable, healthy, exciting and safe expression of sexuality, and to examine taboos, stigma, discriminatory practices, biases and assumptions made about those who practice it.
We aim to create a lasting network of professionals in all fields related to this topic who will continue to share ideas, research findings, best practices, understandings, and perspectives in the global arena. We recognise that our focus in this Call is for the most part a Western perspective, and we hope to rectify that through the work brought forth at this conference, and into the future. We welcome any relevant and insightful contributions, from classic presentations to proposals for workshops; topics for debates, panels or round tables; sharing of event-appropriate professional or personal experience; new apps, tools, toys, or technologies; demos; or meaningful forms of artistic expression (film, poetry, photography exhibitions etc.)
Unlike other conferences, our event welcomes academics, scholars, practitioners, therapists, journalists, lawmakers, educators, enthusiasts and artists to collaborate on inclusive interdisciplinary aspects of kink.
Key topics, themes and issues for discussion may include, but are definitely not limited to:
- Historical origins of kink
- Cultural perspectives
- Practitioners and demonstrations
- Academic research of kink
- Media representations of kink
- Literature, art, music, film, and erotica portrayals of kink
- Laws surrounding kink; stigma; discrimination
- Relationship dynamics; relationship rules and contracts
- Kink and censorship
- Kink, technology, and social media
- Kink as an identity or orientation
- What vanilla relationships can learn from kinky folks
- Consent: Safe, Sane and Consensual vs Risk Aware Consensual Kink
- The power of roleplay; power exchange
- Issues in therapy
- Scene setting, safety, and aftercare
- What happens when kink goes wrong?
- Teaching kink
- Vulnerability; power; eroticism
- Types of kink: Fetishes; Edge Play; Bondage/Restraint; Physical Discipline; Intense Stimulation; Sensory Deprivation; Body Alteration Activities
What to Send
The aim of this inclusive interdisciplinary conference and collaborative networking event is to bring people together and encourage creative conversations in the context of a variety of formats: papers, seminars, workshops, storytelling, performances, poster presentations, panels, q&a’s, round-tables etc. Please feel free to put forward proposals that you think will get the message across, in whatever form.
300 word proposals, presentations, abstracts and other forms of contribution and participation should be submitted by Friday 4th October 2019.
Other forms of participation should be discussed in advance with the Organising Chairs. All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been minimally triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 18th October 2019.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 17th January 2020.
Abstracts and proposals may be in Word, PDF, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) type of proposal e.g. paper presentation, workshop, panel, film, performance, etc, f) body of proposal, g) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Kink 2
Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair and the Project Administrator:
Kristine Seitz: firstname.lastname@example.org
Len Capuli (Project Administrator): email@example.com
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