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Reminder CfP Making a Difference: the Hope and Promise of Sexuality Studies

Dear colleagues,

A kind reminder of the approaching deadline for submissions for the upcoming
conference "Making a Difference: the Hope and Promis of Sexuality Studies".
See below for more information.

CfP: Making a Difference: the Hope and Promise of Sexuality Studies

ESA Sexuality Research Network Mid-Term Conference

24th and 25th September 2020

CES (Centro de Estudios Sociais), University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Deadline: 1st March 2020

Keynote Speakers: Sonia Corra | Sue Scott | Miguel Vale de Almeida

For submission details please check:

The title of this midterm conference is inspired by Lemn Sissay's poem Making
a Difference quoted by former ESA President Sue Scott in her opening speech at
the 2019 ESA conference in Manchester. The poem urges researchers at all
stages of their career and members of academia at large to stand out and use
their embodied knowledge to break barriers and make a difference. We draw from
this powerful invitation to encourage scholars and activists alike to approach
sexuality studies as a platform for change.

Gender and sexuality studies have been subject to funding cuts and obstructive
state interventions leading in some instances to the closure of entire
university degree programmes. Long-established oppressive and discriminatory
practices and the recent advancement of right-wing populism have dire
consequences for the lives of those who do not live up to ethnocentric ideals
of cis and hetero normativity and normalcy. Reflecting on these challenges,
the ESA Sexuality Research Network wishes to stimulate discussions on how the
sociological study of sexuality has been operating as a scholarly and activist
tool for change and on how it can achieve even more by looking at the broader
implications of sexual politics and the politics of sexuality.
How useful is the sociological study of sexuality for challenging new and old
backlashes? What methodological and epistemological challenges do sexuality
studies face today? What helpful disciplinary cross-fertilisations can we
further stimulate? What analytical insights can the study of sexuality
contribute to, and what are its future directions? What theoretical,
political, and activist interventions are necessary to nurture and sustain
hope in this field? What may undermine the hope and promise of sexuality
studies? What aspects of the sociological study of sexuality remain
under-explored or even ignored, and how can we address marginalised or tabooed
We look forward to sharing research and to discussing ways in which we can
contribute to the field and the promises and hopes it holds. We would like the
conference to be an opportunity to take a critical look at the politics of
hope, its potentials and its limits, its usages, histories, cultural legacies,
social and emotional dynamics and its discursive and material effects.
We invite scholars, activists and interested parties to address these and
other related questions. Specific topics may include, but need not be limited

SOGI rights claims, human rights, social justice and solidarity
Challenging LGBTIQ+ discrimination and inequality
Sexual violence, conflict resolution and reconciliation
Shifting notions of consent
Intersections of sex, work and economic justice
Sexual politics, social movements and queering practices of resistance
(e.g. anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-colonial, anti-racist, feminist,
Sexual identities, communities and the politics of belonging
Sexual norms and normativities
Migration and sexuality, multiculturalism and integration
Utopianism/dystopianism in theories on sexuality
Alternative intimacies and modes of kinship
Care and caring in intimate and sexual relationships
Sexuality, emotions and affects
Medicalization, de-medicalization, biopolitics, and biosociality
Gender, sexuality and reproductive justice
Sexuality, bodies and embodiment
We welcome proposals for individual papers (300 words) and for panels (1000
words) consisting of 3 to 4 papers. Please also include a short biography of
paper author/s.
For submission details please check:
The deadline for submissions is 1st March 2020. Authors will be notified about
the acceptance of their papers/panels by mid-April 2020.
For any query, please email:
The Organising Local Committee: Ana Cristina Santos, Ana Lcia Santos, Rita
Alcaire (CES Team) and Mara Pieri (ESA RN23 Board)

Sebastian Mohr

Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies
Managing Editor - NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity

Karlstad University
65188 Karlstad

While most people address me with the pronouns he/him/his, I am thankful for
communication that goes beyond a gender binary.

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