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(cfp) Places That Progress?: creating better lives for sexual and gender minorities Dezembro 22, 2015

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Call for Participation (Uni of Brighton, UK):

Places That Progress?: creating better lives for sexual and gender minorities
Friday 18th March 2016, 11:00-17:00
Why should we consider geography when doing work on sex and sexualities? This unique one-day symposium aims to bring together activists, academics, charities and public and voluntary organisations, to explore geographies of sexualities and develop links within and across diverse sectors. This event aims to deepen understandings of sexualities to enable better provision for and engagement with marginalised groups, while also developing grounded and deeply involved research that is at the cutting edge of social science, critical theory, activism and public policymaking alike. We invite interested individuals or representatives of groups or organisations to take part by sharing their own ideas, or research or initiatives they have been involved in.

We now have decades of critical and sustained geographic research on sex and sexualities, culminating in the next year’s Ashgate Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities (Brown & Browne forthcoming). Key geographic interventions and explorations have included the multiple scales at which sexualities operate, from the ‘micro’ scale of the body to the ‘macro’ scale of global geopolitics; LGBTQ communities, villages and ‘ghettos’; sexuality-related imaginings of particular countries or cities; spaces of sex work; the ongoing heterosexualisation of everyday space; and global and transnational activisms for sexual minorities. However, links with research, policy and activism beyond the academy have remained relatively limited, and geography is not always considered relevant when addressing issues of sex and sexualities.

Mindful of this context, the symposium will bring together a diverse audience to share research, insights and experiences of sex and sexualities, highlighting the importance of geographical questions such as:

  • How does place matter when considering gender and sexual/LGBT equalities?
  • How are spaces of sexual liberation created, managed and used?
  • How are exclusions and marginalisations produced and organised spatially?
  • In what ways are place and space important in the regulation of sexual practices and identities?
  • In what ways are place and space important in the regulation and policing of sex work?

We encourage participants to present their research, work or ideas in whatever style feels best to them, including but not limited to presented papers, videos or short films, posters, workshops, discussion panels, activity sessions and so on. We are happy to discuss your presentation with you in advance.

If you would like to submit a proposal, please send a short abstract (around 200 words) to Suzanne Armsden (S.M.Armsden@brighton.ac.uk) by 31st January 2016.

Registration fee: £30 (waged) or £10 (unwaged/low wage/student/other concession). Travel bursaries and fee waivers are available.

This symposium is sponsored by the Society, Space and Environment Research Group at the University of Brighton and the Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Organising Committee: Prof. Kath Browne, Dr Jason Lim, Dr Nick McGlynn, Dr Joseli Maria Silva and Dr Joe Hall.

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