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The Persons and Sexualities Project: 8th Global Meeting
September 24 @ 8:00 am - September 26 @ 5:00 pm| £315.00
How do we understand the different desires and pleasures that people engage in, and by which they define who they are and how they interact with others? Have the ways thorough which we label our ‘difference’ become cages, which stifle possibilities for existence? Can we move beyond the encumbering acronym LGBTQ*? As we embrace difference, do we inevitably have to adopt ‘identitarian stances’ that challenge Post-modernist, Post-structuralist Queer Theory’s insights on the ‘layered self’? Is it time to rethink how Social movements on sexuality, specifically problematizing their hegemonic homonormative strategies? Is it possible to avoid strategic directions that only elevate a selected few, while further marginalizing others in the process? How do we contrast assimilationist strategies of acceptance and respectability via homonormativity with the embracing of difference? And what happens when we place these movements in a global context, across international divides? How do Sexuality Studies inform political debates internationally, at once building ‘sameness’ and forging ‘difference’? Finally, can we bridge the ever increasing gap between scholarship and practice, and effectively transforming bodies of evidence into meaningful clinical practice?
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. Seeking to encourage innovative, creative, inter, multi and post disciplinary dialogues, we welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand what it is to be sexual and how sex and sexuality are negotiated and lived. We particularly welcome papers that explore the creative spaces where biology, sexology, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, arts and humanities, philosophy and contemporary theories and critiques – social constructionism, queer theory, crip theory and affect theory – collide, oppose, conjoin and intermesh, bringing one another to fruitful crisis.
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