Complicating debates about the ’sexualisation of culture’ : An International Conference
Institute of Education, London, 1 & 2 December 2011
Are we seeing the sexualisation of culture ?
Has pornography become mainstreamed and normalised in 21st-century Western societies ?
How do practices associated with sexualisation play out across different spaces, sites, subjectivities, cultural groups and generations ?
Can we move beyond the moral panic/libertarian dichotomies that seem to dominate debates on ’sexualisation’ ?
This international conference will interrogate ’sexualisation’, exploring sexual politics across key social and cultural spheres. We encourage papers that explore the multiple meanings of sexualised cultures, across social generations, cultural groups and within and between different sites — for example workplaces, schools, leisure spaces, intimate sexual relationships and online culture.
Our goal is to create a space for dialogue that spans disciplinary, theoretical, political and national boundaries. We are keen to include practitioners, members of NGOs, policy makers and other stakeholders in the conference as presenters and participants. We will also be holding a student networking session for postgraduates, postdocs and researchers working in this area. We are committed to ensuring diversity in participation across geographical location, race, ethnicity and sexual and gendered identities.
Susie Orbach, psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer, London, UK
Sue Jackson, Department of Psychology, University of Wellington, New Zealand
Mireille Miller-Young, Feminist Studies University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Leonore Tiefer, PhD, author, educator, researcher, therapist and activist, New York City, USA
Onscenity Network, including : Feona Attwood, Communication, Sheffield Hallam University, UK and Clarissa Smith, Media Studies, University of Sunderland, UK
We are interested in a diverse range of formats and welcome proposals for papers, performance pieces, roundtables, posters, and workshops. We anticipate a standard allocation of 20 minutes per presentation and 80 minutes per session, however, we are open to proposals that suggest alternative uses of time – please state this clearly in your submission.
Please use the abstract form (pdf) to submit a 200 word abstract summarising your presentation/session (rationale and content), or a 500 word abstract for symposium or workshop (including timing and format).