AAC > 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

Academic Call for Contributions

Research in sociology, psychology, anthropology and contemporary history has shown that traditional concepts and practices regarding marriage, family, sexuality, and intimacy have been changing rapidly in recent decades. There have been radical revisions of thinking and practice not only related to sexuality but also involving gender roles, single-parenthood, family structures, contraception, abortion, and divorce. Many of these areas have been linked to transformations in broader social, economic and political constructs, such as same-sex marriage.

These changes are faced with mainstream negative representations of non-monogamy which describe it as “infidelity”, “serial monogamy”, or “failures” of the “normal” pattern of intimacy. Such perspectives assign a privileged role to the idealized couple, portrayed as intrinsically better. The dominant academic paradigm legitimates and strengthens monogamy’s normativity. At the same time, academia frequently fails to acknowledge the existence of open, consensual non-couple-based forms of relationships, and of a-romantic and/or asexual intimacies. Moreover, even the limited existing research on consensual non-monogamies focuses mostly on English-speaking and socio-economically privileged white groups and communities.

The rise in critical discourses regarding normative sexualities and intimacies (and the ways in which these two elements interact) calls into question the traditional paradigm of lifestyles that have been at the core of the sex-gender system, as well as hetero-mono-normative institutions and practices in general.

Topics: With this conference, we intend to bring together research, activism and other forms of social expression, focusing on, but not limited to, the following :

  • Lived experiences of polyamory, swinging, open couples and other non-monogamies considered consensual;
  • Changes in concepts and representations of coupledom, and associated challenges;
  • Tensions and transformations in academic and common definitions and understandings of partnerships, friendships, kinship and other forms of connecting;
  • Specificities of cultural practices and values regarding transformations in contemporary intimacies in non-Anglo-American and/or non-Global North countries;
  • Intersections between non-monogamies/contemporary intimacies and race, sex-gender, sexual orientation, kink, class, culture, dis/ability, education;
  • Non-sexual and/or non-romantic relationships and emerging identities, such as asexuality and a-romanticism;
  • Histories, herstories, and queerstories of non-monogamies and contemporary intimacies, grounded in specific times and places;
  • Activism and community-building around non-monogamies;
  • Differences, overlaps, and intersections between consensual and non-consensual non-monogamies, and their power relationships;
  • Legal and fiscal implications and challenges around non-monogamies;
  • Transformations in the meanings and practices of coupledom;
  • The roles of technologies in transforming social relations and intimacies;
  • Discourses on the (e.g., genetic or evolutionary) naturalness of monogamy or of non-monogamy;
  • Intersections between non-monogamies and feminist theories, LGBT studies, gender and queer studies, post/decolonialism and other anti-oppressive strands;
  • Sex work, pornographies (mainstream or otherwise) and other capitalist-sexual crossovers within the broader field of intimacies;
  • (Public) health and non-monogamies;
  • Connections between religion and non-monogamies considered hegemonic;
  • New normativities and new resistances: polynormativity and relationship anarchy, neo-liberalism and political contestation;
  • Consensually non-monogamous intimacies and challenges in counseling and psychotherapy;
  • Representations of monogamies and/or non-monogamies in literature, art, cinema, television, photography, theatre, music, or other media.

Our goal is community-building within and beyond academia in all its fields and disciplines, challenging traditional models of the hegemonic Global North system of knowledge production. Therefore, we encourage the submission not only of academic papers and thematic panels, but also round-table discussions, film screenings and debates, installations, activist-driven reflections and other modalities.

Language & accessibility: For logistic reasons, the conference’s common language will be English, and abstracts must be submitted in English. If you wish so, you can also send us your abstract in another language, provided that you also submit it in English. It is highly recommended (but not mandatory) that presentations during the conference are in English. The venue is wheelchair-accessible. If you require a Sign Language interpreter, please contact us via email; unfortunately we cannot guarantee that this will be provided. There is more info on accessibility here.

To submit: Abstracts of up to 250 words for individual submissions and up to 500 words for panel submissions, by May 18th, using this platformBefore submitting, please read the instructions HERE. Any doubts or technical difficulties should be addressed to the following email: nmciconference@gmail.com

Parution : Nouveau numéro spécial de « Sexualities » sur Migrations queer, asile, et déplacements

Abstract:

This special issue of Sexualities emerges in response to the growing visibility of LGBTQI immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers within global gay rights advocacy. Despite the increasing prominence of LGBTQI issues on the international human rights agenda, there has been relatively little discussion of the relationship between queer migration and LGBTQI human rights activism in the field of sexuality studies. This special issue seeks to bring queer migration and sexual citizenship studies into critical conversation with current literature in the area of gender, sexuality and human rights.

http://sexualities.sagepub.com/content/17/8.toc

Table of contents:

Introduction: Queer migration, asylum, and displacement

Rachel A Lewis and Nancy A Naples

1. Border crossings and shifting sexualities among Mexican gay immigrant
men: Beyond monolithic conceptions

Héctor Carrillo and Jorge Fontdevila

2. Gender and cultural silences in the political asylum process 

Amy Shuman and Carol Bohmer

3. ‘‘Gay? Prove it’’: The politics of queer anti-deportation activism

Rachel A Lewis

4. Documenting the undocumented: Toward a queer politics of no borders 

Melissa Autumn White

5. The queer time of death: Temporality, geopolitics, and refugee rights 

Sima Shakhsari

6. Getting Out: Political asylum, sexual minorities, and privileged visibility

Amy Shuman and Wendy S Hesford

7. Afterword: Troubling identities and identifications 

Eithne Luibhéid