Welcome to the Gender and Sexuality Hub. Gender and sexuality form the very essence of our humanity, our being, and our cultural and collective identities. The hub explores continuing and crucial debates surrounding the relationships among gender, sexuality and identity within a global context. While feminism, post-structuralist thought, and queer studies have demonstrated the normative construction and performative aspects of gender and sexuality, discriminatory practices continue to marginalise gender and sexual identities, desires, and behaviours that exist outside of cultural norms. The Hub is committed to the exploration of issues regarding gender and sexuality. Broadly construed, these issues include the following: the arts; citizenship; globalization and post-colonialism; literature; law; medicine, science, and technology; theory. With regard to particular historical contexts and cultural moments, debates regarding the following are of particular interest: activism; bodies and desire; constructions of femininities and masculinities; eroticism; family, kinship, and other intimacies; identity politics; productions of queer spaces and times.
True to the spirit of Inter-Disciplinary.Net, this hub encourages the participation of and exchange among academics, activists, ngo’s, and other interested parties.
The Gender and Sexuality Hub presently has no Hub Leader. This is our newest collection of projects and represents everything that is cutting edge in our range of interdisciplianry projects. With new projects in 2011 to include Queer Sexualities and Femininity and Masculinity supplementing our existing projects on The Erotic and Persons and Sexualities we are looking for someone who would enjoy the challenge of shaping and growing a range of distinctive projects which show cases the very best in interdisciplinarity. Please contact us if you would like to express an interest.
The Hub is a centre of activity for all the various projects which presently take place within it. We welcome your involvement and interaction; you may choose to become involved as little or as much as you like.
The Hub Leaders will be running a blog which discusses issues and themes arising from all the projects within the Gender and Sexuality hub.
All the projects will have their own email discussion group. These will be listed here as soon as they ready along eith details on how to subscribe. There will also be a series of eForums where people can share resources, access information and get involved in on-line discussions. We will also be bringing on-line a Repository Wicki which will aim to become a comprehensive collection of materials and resources relating to the themes and issues covered by the hub and its projects.