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(cfp) Masculinities, sexualities and place: exploring contested intersections Setembro 24, 2015

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Masculinities, sexualities and place: exploring contested intersections

AAG Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 29 – April 2, 2016

Carl Bonner-Thompson and Peter Hopkins

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK

Gender and sexualities scholarship has highlighted that masculinities and sexualities are not mutually exclusive, and instead inform the performance, construction and understanding of one another (Butler, 1990; Connell, 1995). This complex interrelationship is inherently spatial, with the production of masculine and sexualised subjectivities shifting across space (and time) (Berg and Longhurst, 2003; Gorman-Murray and Hopkins, 2014). Geographers have developed a sophisticated understanding of both masculinities and sexualities, however, the intersections between them remaining relatively underexplored and ‘unmapped’ (notable exceptions include Brown et al, 2014; Gibson, 2013; Gorman-Murray, 2013; Lewis, 2014). Exploring intersections of masculinities with gay, bisexual, trans, queer and heterosexual subjectivities and embodiments may offer useful ways forward in terms of appreciating the ways alternative masculine subjectivities can be co-produced, and how they may enable a reworking of gendered and sexualised hierarchies.

In this session, we provide a forum to explore debates around the geographies of masculinities and sexualities, including the multiple and ever-changing ways they intersect. Thinking through the spatial productions of gendered and sexualised subjectivities, we are interested in papers that draw attention to processes of embodiment, materiality, desire and normativity. We invite papers from any field of human geography (and beyond), in particular those that draw upon geographies of sexualities and feminist and queer geographies. Papers could explore – but are by no means limited to – the following themes:

  • Queering masculinities
  • Effeminacy/effeminophobia and men
  • Body shape/size
  • Emotional geographies, masculinities and sexualities
  • Masculinities and sexualities across online dating and hook-ups apps
  • Critical engagement with processes of gendered homonormativity
  • Intersections of desire, sexuality and gender
  • Masculinities and non-heterosexual night time economies
  • Masculinities and heterosexuality
  • Intersections of ethnicity, race, class, sexualities and masculinities
  • Hegemonic masculinities and sexualities
  • Homophobia, lgbtq violence and masculinities
  • Trans geographies and masculinities
  • Methodological challenges when researching masculinities and sexualities
  • Masculinities and sexualities research from, in and of the Global South

Please submit a title and abstract of not more than 250 words to c.a.b.thompson@ncl.ac.uk by 15th October 2015.


Sexualizing Space and Sexy Bodies Janeiro 24, 2013

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The thorough imbrication of space and woman ‘at the very beginning’ could account for the widespread appearance of feminized space. Indeed, it is as if space is so intimately tied to the body of woman that this ungraspable founding moment is continually, and often unwittingly, reiterated. Certainly, only this kind of intimate imbrication and consistent iteration can begin to explain the numerous and diverse examples of feminized space with which this essay began.

Making apparent the corporeal basis for the production and reproduction of sexualized space may seem to simply disclose yet another instance of the utilization of woman for the ends of man, the effect of which could be argued to be the pacification, domestication and containment of both woman and space. However if the body-matter of woman is conceived as an essential and ‘active’ ingredient in the production of space, as Irigaray’s refiguring of metaphor suggests, then the containment of woman and space within the realm of masculine ideas becomes much more problematic.

First, ideas are not given primacy, they do not simply imprint passive matter but rather are entailed or entwined with body-matter. Since ideas are crucially entailed with female body-matter, the idea of space can no longer be conceived of as entirely ‘masculine’. Second, this body-matter is always already a writing – a corporeal text. As Derrida notes ‘the contemporary biologist speaks of writing and pro-gram in relation to the most elementary processes of information within the living cell’ (1974: 9). Body-matter is thus an active signifying substance, it is not simply the passive recipient of social constructions. And hence the passivity of space is by no means guaranteed by its ‘association’ with female body-matter. Finally, this production, rather than containing and delimiting woman and/or space, actually opens the boundaries of both by intertwining them from the very beginning. So the body-model does not secure a clear boundary for notions of ‘human’ space; on the contrary, this ‘comparison’ of the female body and space profoundly complicates the identity of both terms. Such a confounding of discrete, containable identities indicates that revealing the sexualized nature of space does indeed have profound implications for how we view woman.

“Sexualizing Space” de Sue Best (in SEXY BODIES – The strange carnalities of feminism, Edited by Elizabeth Grosz and Elspeth Probyn, 1995, pp.190)

(cfp) Queer(ing) Geographies Agosto 26, 2012

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Proposed Session(s): Queer(ing) Geographies

Call for Papers: Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Los Angeles, April 9-13, 2013)

Sponsored by the Sexuality and Space Specialty Group

Emily Mitchell-Eaton (Department of Geography, Syracuse University)
Sean Wang (Department of Geography, Syracuse University)

“By ‘queer’ I do not mean merely adding homosexual identities and practices to the mix. Rather, I am positing a political and theoretical perspective that suggests that sexuality is disciplined by social institutions and practices that normalize and naturalize heterosexuality and homosexual practices including marriage, family, and biological reproduction by marginalizing persons, institutions, or practices that deviate from these norms” (Manalansan 2006, 225).


“[Q]ueer lives cannot transcend categories or boundaries. The task for queer theorists, then, is to embrace the critique of identity to its fullest extent by abandoning the search for an inherently radical queer subject and turning attention to the advancement of a critical approach to the workings of sexual normativities and non-normativities” (Oswin 2008, 96).


“As such, [new scholarship in queer geographies] accounts for fractures within queer cultural politics and merges postcolonial and critical race theory with queer theory to bring questions of race, colonialism, geopolitics, migration, globalization and nationalism to the fore in an area of study previously trained too narrowly on sexuality and gender” (Oswin 2008, 90).

In the past few years, there has been a wide array of scholarship in queer / LGBT studies, both in geography and beyond. Yet as Browne (2006, 886) reminded us, “queer is more than shorthand for LGBT,” and research that focuses on non-heterosexuals does not necessarily imply a queer orientation. In the proposed session(s), we call for papers that bring queer theory into geographical research, on sexuality, gender, citizenship and beyond. Of particular interest are papers that include interdisciplinary perspectives and/or address tensions between queer and LGBT studies. The language used here is intentionally broad, for we want to include voices from as many disciplinary perspectives as possible; however, we are especially intrigued by queer interventions into the subdiscipline of population geography, a subdiscipline that traditionally relies on positivist quantitative approaches to categories and counting. Some organizing themes have been listed below, but we invite submissions from all areas of queer geographies, and they will be grouped into sessions accordingly.

·Family: The past few decades have seen the proliferation of so-called “non-traditional families”: single-mother households; mixed and multi-racial couples; familial separation and reunification of (im)migrants; gay and lesbian couples having children. Yet despite these social changes, geographers have paid relatively little attention as the unit of inquiry compared to anthropologists and sociologists, and it seems to be an area ripe for queer intervention. Specifically within LGBT studies, can we ‘queer’ family? Or do notions of family and citizenship remain (hetero)normative?

·(Im)migration: Although queer theory is relatively new to the scene of migration scholarship, it has been a very productive avenue of inquiry. Not only is (im)migration intimately linked to political economy, power and difference, queer statuses often pose significant impediments to mobility. Any non-normative sexuality, race, marital status, racial/ethnic/linguistic positionalities will most likely invite further scrutiny. Furthermore, ‘queer spaces’ in this context work beyond stereotypical urban gay ghettos, and instead direct our attention towards contested, transitional, and in-between spaces.

·Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Queer studies have provided a fertile space for engagements outside traditional disciplinary boundaries. The proposed session(s) seek to continue that trend by bringing geographers together with other queer scholars. We all have personal differences in educational background, disciplinary training, preferred methodology, specializations, etc. Such differences should be particularly productive for queering our conversations.


Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words and a short bibliography in a single PDF document to Sean Wang (shwang13@syr.edu) by October 1, 2012. Please direct any inquiries to session organizers (Emily Mitchell-Eaton, emmitche@syr.edu and Sean Wang, shwang13@syr.edu).

Authors of successful submissions will be contacted by October 12, 2012. They will be expected to register for the conference and submit their abstracts online at the AAG website by October 24, 2012. Please note a range of registration fees will apply and must be paid before this date.