Persons and Sexualities
Call for Participation 2016
A Sexuality Project
9th Global Meeting
Sunday 10th July – Tuesday 12th July 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford
The project seeks to develop a space for discussion and debate about the interplay of identities, orientations, desires, pleasures, taboos, relations, behaviours and practices of sex and sexuality in a global context and across a range of critical, contextual and cultural perspectives. Exploring the relationship between sexuality and personhood, specifically, we seek to understand how sex and sexuality shape citizenship, belonging, identity, and expression. The project looks beyond social constructions and practices of gender, sex, and sexuality to focus on notions of embodiment. That is, what does it mean to embody sexuality?
We welcome traditional papers, panels, workshop proposals and other forms of performance – recognising that different disciplines express themselves in different mediums and seek submissions on any of the following themes:
1. Being/Desiring/Doing – Fluid or unfixed sexualities and identities; the efficacy of static sexualities; legitimacy and recognition of sexual identities; acts, interactions, representations, and embodiment; modern sexual ethics, including non-monogamous ethics; mapping desire; moving beyond privileging the orgasm; troubleshooting sexual identities; theories of sexuality, such as queer, crip, affect, social constructionism, etc.
2. Sexual and Embodied Practices – Depictions of sexual and embodied practices in erotica and/or pornography; trading sex and engaging in sex work; sex as economic, social, and symbolic capital; sexual consumption and consumerism; purchasing sex, sexuality, sex toys, sex images; sexual embodiment and disability, intersex, or trans identity; fat studies and sexual embodiment; sexual identity versus sexual expression.
Sexual Time/Space – Public sex and the politics of public versus private sexuality; cybersex and online dating; the body as sexual space; nonbinary bodies and sex/sexuality; casual sex, hook-ups, and cruising; pre-modern, modern, and post-modern sexualities and expressions; sex tourism, trafficking, and global sex trades; nature and sexuality.
(A)sexual Affect and Relationships – Asexual affectionality and romanticism; age of consent / cross-generational relationships; sexual identity politics and trans relationships; nameless, unlabellable sexualities and relationships; polyamorous relationships, ethics, and negotiation; virtual, phone, and cyber relationships; online dating/cruising; marriage and the sexual politics of assimilation/accommodation.
Narrative, Aesthetic and Creative Representations of Sexuality – Pornography and depictions of sexual acts and sexualities; representations of body, body hair, labia, foreskin; the role of art, pornography, and erotica in sexual exploration; depictions of sexual violence; eroticising violence for consumption; dichotomous representations of virgin/whore sexualities; urban/rural representations of sexuality; depictions of sexuality and nature.
(A)sexual Citizenship: Belonging and Activism – Asexual citizenship in a predominantly sexual world; intersex and transgender sexual citizenship; troubleshooting sexual identities; sexual citizenship for religious figures/clergy; disability and/or crip sexualities; sexuality and the environment; sexual respectability and assimilation politics; (a)sexuality and other forms of citizenship (global, national, state, ecological, cultural, etc.); sexiness and sexual participation based on size, race, class, ability, etc.
Uncomfortable Territories – BDSM; taboo sexualities and sexual desires/fantasies; sex games and sexual play; eroticising sexual violence, abuse, and abjection; sexual objectification; bestiality and sex with animals; incest and sex/desire within kinship structures; fetishes; disassociated sex; asphyxiation and other physiological sexual desires.
Further details and information can be found at the conference website:
Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Persons and Sexualities project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Madness and another project on Storytelling. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.
What to Send
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 29th January 2016.
All submissions 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 triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 12th February 2016.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 3rd June 2016.
Abstracts may be in Word, 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 programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Persons and Sexualities Abstract Submission
Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs with listed emails:
Kristopher Shultz: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Fisher: email@example.com
This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
A number of eBooks and paperback volumes have already emerged from the work of this project. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers 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. 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.
Persons and Sexualities