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(cfp) New geographies of HIV/AIDS in times of PrEP Setembro 4, 2017

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New geographies of HIV/AIDS in times of PrEP

Call for papers/panellists at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 10-14 April 2018 

 Convenors: Gavin Brown (University of Leicester) & Cesare Di Feliciantonio (Maynooth University)

 

Following the introduction and the expanding availability of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and improved uses of ‘treatment as prevention’ for those already infected with HIV, new infections-rates for HIV have started to decline, especially in those cities and among those populations where campaigning and public investments have been strongest. As argued by Auerbach and Hoppe (2015: 1), “getting PrEP to ‘work’ is more complicated than simply ‘getting drugs into bodies’”. Rather, PrEP embodies a range of interacting physiological, psychological and social realities that together affect (…) relationship dynamics, sexual cultures and social arrangements that have influence beyond HIV”.  In fact the use of PrEP (as well as the adherence to antiretroviral therapies, ARTs, for HIV-positive people) reshapes the meanings associated with categories such as ‘safe’, ‘bareback’ and ‘raw’ sex, offering new possibilities for empowerment as well as new forms of biopower (Dean, 2015; Preciado, 2015).  Given the persistent inequalities in the access and availability of PrEP, we think there is the need for a serious engagement by geographers and social scientists in producing knowledge about the emerging social and spatial dimensions of HIV prevention and treatment, including the ways in which new socio-technical assemblages of treatment and prevent have reconfigured the social, cultural, and sexual lives of people with (and at risk of infection from) HIV.

We invite contributions around (but not limited to) the following topics/questions:

  • the uneven geographies of PrEP accessibility and availability;
  • the political economy of PrEP;
  • the socio-technical materialities of PrEP;
  • PrEP, race, gender and class;
  • how PrEP impacts upon HIV-related acceptance and stigma;
  • the (uneven) social and spatial dimensions of the persistence of “Truvada whores” stigma (Calabrese and Underhill, 2015);
  • the sexual citizenship of undetectability;
  • PrEP as community-based activism;
  • PrEP as the expression of biopower;
  • comparative perspectives on campaigns, policies and strategies to implement PrEP access;
  • intersections between PrEP-related activism and HIV+-related activism
  • the geographical implications of ‘undetectability’;

 

Expressions of interest

We intend to organize a paper or panel session depending on the preferences of the participants. If interested, please contact Gavin Brown (gpb10@leicester.ac.uk) and Cesare Di Feliciantonio (difeliciantoniocesare@gmail.com) by October 6th; in the email please include a 250-words abstract if you prefer a paper session or a short outline (up to 7 lines) if you prefer a panel session. We will try to arrange the best format solution accordingly.

 

References

Auerbach, J. D. and Hoppe, T. A. 2015. Beyond “getting drugs into bodies”: social science perspectives on pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV. Journal of the International AIDS Society 18(suppl. 3), http://dx.doi.org/10.7448/IAS.18.4.19983 [last visit: August 24th 2017]

Calabrese, S. K. and  Underhill, K. 2015. How Stigma Surrounding the Use of HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis Undermines Prevention and Pleasure: A Call to Destigmatize “Truvada Whores”. American Journal of Public Health 105(10): 1960-4.

Dean, T. 2015. Mediated intimacies: raw sex, Truvada, and the biopolitics of chemoprophylaxis. Sexualities 18(1/2): 224-46.

Preciado, P. 2015. Condoms chimiques. Libération 11/06, http://www.liberation.fr/chroniques/2015/06/11/condoms-chimiques_1327747[last visit: August 24th 2017]

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(cfp) ‘Doing Sex: Men, Masculinity and Sexual Practices’ Janeiro 25, 2017

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Call for Papers
Doing Sex: Men, Masculinity and Sexual Practices’ Conference
Newcastle University, United Kingdom
July 14-15, 2017
Submission Deadline: February 6th 2017

 

This colloquium aims to bring together the study of sexual practices and desires and critical studies of men and masculinities. We are explicitly interested in returning to some of the provocations of sexology in the twentieth century to think through men’s sexuality today. For Kinsey there is an inherent paradox in “man’s absorbing interest in sex and his astounding ignorance of it; his desire to know and his unwillingness to face the facts.” Whilst we can see some of the failings and problematics in Kinsey, Masters & Johnson, and other Sexologists, it is critical to reflect not simply as criticism of these, but also of what they are suggestive and enlightening.

 

Today, nearly seventy years after the publication of Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, after the sexual revolution, after the censorship trials, after the rise of feminism, queer theory, increased visibility of trans* and genderqueer identities, and LGBT activism, we wish to ask: what are men doing sexually? Men’s sexual practices, more often than not, are pathologized, diagnosed, managed, treated. Whilst productive and valuable work has been undertaken in the areas of rape culture and sexual violence, this symposium aims to explore the diversity and scope of male sexual practices. More specifically, current discussions on masculinity and sexuality tend to marginalize the fear, the excitement, the shame, the pleasure and the embarrassment that men experience when doing sex. This symposium addresses this by focusing on men doing sex.

 

For more information see: https://doingsexconference.wordpress.com/

(cfp) Que(e)rying Gender and Tourism Research Janeiro 5, 2017

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Que(e)rying Gender and Tourism Research

Call For Papers: RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London, 29th August -1st September 2017.

Eveleigh Buck-Matthews, Coventry University
Dr Jaeyon Choe, Bournemouth University
Dr Claudia Eger, University of Warwick
Heather Jeffrey, University of Bedfordshire
Dr Caroline Scarles, University of Surrey

Sponsored by the Geographies of Leisure and Tourism Research Group (GLTRG) and the Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group (GFGRG)

There is a growing body of knowledge concerned with gender and tourism, but still many voices remain unheard. Feminists are as varied as the subjectivities they so often research, but are joined together within a common emancipatory project. Queer theory can aid in an emancipatory project by destabilising foundational assumptions of normality (de Souza, Brewis & Rumens, 2016; Rumens & Tyler, 2016), and yet it has received little attention from tourism scholars. This session is designed to engage participants in a critical conversation on gender and feminism within tourism, hospitality and events research, to explore contentious issues among feminists and pave the way for collaboration. Papers concerning any aspect of gender within tourism, hospitality and events research are invited, as well as papers investigating multiple voices and perspectives within gender and tourism, which may relate to but not be confined by the following areas:

* Female hosts as guests and the reification of roles
* Masculinities in tourism, hospitality, and events
* LGBTQ voices in tourism, hospitality, and events
* Casual/precarious gendered workers
* Postcolonial feminism and subaltern studies in tourism
* Insights from queer theory for gender and tourism
* Feminist theory and practice

We are currently seeking contributions for a paper presentation session involving five presentations each lasting around 15 minutes with time for questions. The presentation may be executed in a traditional or innovative style, and we actively encourage a wide range of styles; including snapshots and pechakucha.
Please send abstracts (approx. 250 words) with author contact details to Heather Jeffrey (heather.jeffrey@beds.ac.uk) by the 1st February 2017.

(cfp) Neoliberal academia and the sexuality scholarship within Human Geography Janeiro 18, 2016

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CFP: Neoliberal academia and the sexuality scholarship within Human Geography

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016 in London, 31 August to 2 September 2016

Session Organisers: Chen Misgav, Department of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and Thomas Wimark, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University.

Universities around the globe are increasingly being affected by neoliberal trends (Castree, 2006). The (now not so) new market logic require universities to commodify, restructure and consolidate their activities in order to be profitable (Dowling, 2008), e.g. through closing down or merging research departments and cutting unprofitable courses and research fields. Simultaneously, scholars are becoming ever more exposed to a competitive academia forcing us to intensify our production (Birch, Bond, Harris, Hoogeveen, Laliberte & Rosol, 2012) through individualised self-auditing processes in order to remain within academia (Berg in Castree, 2006). Several scholars have discussed the impact of neo-liberalisation on research production, foremost with a focus on race and ethnicity (e.g. see Berg, 2012; Kobayashi, Lawson & Sanders, 2014). However, less is known of the impact on the sexuality scholarship.

It is now more than 15 years ago the JGHE Symposium: Teaching Sexualities in Geography was held discussing geographers’ engagements with sexuality in higher education (Knopp, 1999). Since then the sexuality scholarship has become an important part of Human Geography with an increasing bulk of literature and research being published each year. Sexuality scholars have been successful in claiming space within Human Geography. This session seeks to discuss both the limits and the possibilities of the neoliberal academia for scholars of sexuality. The themes include but are not limited to:

·        Sexuality scholarship and curriculum in the neoliberal academia

·        Teaching sexuality in the era of budget cuts and consolidation

·        Challenges for minority sexuality students in the individualised academia

·        Postgrad students and sexuality scholarship

·        Postdoc opportunities and sexuality

·        Young academics and the scholarship of sexuality

·        Funding opportunities and policy relevant research

·        Voices from different spaces and places, such as the global North/South, northern/southern Europe

If interested to present a paper, please send a 250-word abstract (clearly stating title, keywords, name, institution, and contact details) to Chen Misgav (chenmisg@post.tau.ac.il) and Thomas Wimark (thomas.wimark@humangeo.su.se) by noon (CET) February 15th, 2016.

References

Berg, L. D. (2012). Geographies of identity I Geography–(neo) liberalism–white supremacy. Progress in human geography36(4), 508-517.

Birch, K., Bond, S., Harris, T., Hoogeveen, D., Laliberte, N., & Rosol, M. (2012). What can we do? The challenge of being new academics in neoliberal universities. Antipode44(4), 1055-1058.

Castree, N. (2006). Research assessment and the production of geographical knowledge. Progress in Human Geography30(6), 747-782.

Dowling, R. (2008). Geographies of identity: labouring in the’neoliberal’university. Progress in Human Geography.

Knopp, L. (1999). JGHE Symposium: Teaching Sexualities in Geography [1] Queer Theory, Queer Pedagogy: new spaces and new challenges in teaching geography. Journal of Geography in Higher Education23(1), 77-79.

Kobayashi, A., Lawson, V., & Sanders, R. (2014). A commentary on the whitening of the public university: The context for diversifying geography. The Professional Geographer66(2), 230-235.

(cfp) International Conference on Feminist Geographies and Intersectionality: Places, Identities and Knowledges Janeiro 17, 2016

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1st Call for Papers

International Conference on Feminist Geographies and Intersectionality: Places, Identities and Knowledges 

Department of Geography Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

14-16 July 2016

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Organised by:

Grup de Recerca de Geografia i Gènere

Departament de Geografia – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Sponsored by:

Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR), Generalitat de Catalunya

Departament de Geografia (UAB)

With the support of:

Commission on Gender and Geography, International Geographical Union

Institut Interuniversitari d’Estudis de Dones i de Gènere

 

This International Conference is addressed to researchers working from feminist perspectives on gender as well as other identities that play a role in the experience of place: age, social class, ethnicity, sexuality, ability and others. Taking these power structures alone or in mutual constitution, we want to gather as many experiences as possible to account for the current dynamics of power relations and the role of places where they occur. Papers on diverse issues of everyday experiences in different contexts and spatial scales, in urban and rural areas, will be welcomed. All of them should illustrate the relationship between spaces and power structures in a global society that face relevant challenges from an economic, social, political and environmental sense. Theoretical, methodological or case studies papers are of interest.

 

The Conference seeks to build a stimulating forum to exchange ideas and forge new and fruitful international collaborations among researchers interested in gender geographies with an intersectional perspective.

 

The official language of the Conference will be English. Abstracts (in English, maximum 200 words) and keywords (in English, maximum 5) will be sent to 2016GenderBarcelona@gmail.com up to 11th March 2016.

Registration fee: 180 euro (90 euro students) (includes lunch and coffee break of 14 and 15 July). The acceptation of papers will be announced from 1 to 15 April 2016 and the Registration period will be open from 18th April to 31st May 2016.

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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.