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Congrès AFS 2015 « La sociologie, une science contre nature ? » / Université Versailles St Quentin

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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

Appel à articles : Numéro spécial de sur “Genre et Mondialisation” de Qualitative Sociology

Call for PapersQualitative Sociology, Special Issue on Gender and Globalization

In the past decade, pressing social changes have brought issues of gender, sexuality, and globalization to the fore, many of which are just beginning to be studied sociologically. New social movements addressing issues of gender and sexuality are being organized at a global level – including LGBTQ activism, anti-trafficking activism, and domestic worker advocacy – and inciting contentious debates. The Arab Spring and turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa have raised new questions about women’s agency and rights in Muslim societies and struggles over democratization. In some parts of the world, masculinity is going through significant shifts. Revitalized religious movements have gained influence across the globe, sparking renewed debate over gender and sexuality within these traditions.

Yet too often there is disconnection between studies that examine transnational institutions and movements and those that focus on the transnational dimensions of social phenomena in particular places. Additionally, sociologists who focus on different world regions or disciplinary subfields are not always in conversation. Finally, gender and sexuality in the United States are rarely studied with a transnational lens.

This special issue of Qualitative Sociology aims to address these gaps and highlight cutting-edge research on gender and sexuality in diverse global contexts. The goal is to deepen global/transnational sociology with a gendered lens, and help to advance a theoretical agenda for understanding how gender and sexuality are both constitutive of and constituted by contemporary global and transnational social relations.

This special issue seeks papers based on qualitative research on the transnational dimensions of gender and sexuality and/or that contribute to theorizing gender and globalization. Articles on the Global South are especially welcome. Empirical and theoretical issues may include (but are not limited to):

·      New forms of gendered labor and the global economy

·      Gender and class in global contexts

·      Transnational social movements addressing gender and sexuality

·      Agency in an age of globalization

·      Sexuality

·      Civil society

·      Migration

·      Health and Disease

·      Nationalism

·      Religion

·      Intimacy and Relationships

·      Globalization and Masculinities

·      Methodological Issues (especially in understanding links between the transnational and local)


The deadline for submissions is: April 1, 2015.


Submission Instructions: All papers should be submitted through: http://www.editorialmanager.com/quas/ and should comply with the journal’s standard editorial guidelines. When submitting an article, please send a note to Rachel Rinaldo and Manisha Desai (addresses below), and cc Rebecca Hanson (beccara606@gmail.com). Be sure to select the article type “Special Issue: Gender and Globalization” when you submit your paper through Editorial Manager.


Address questions to:

Rachel Rinaldo

University of Virginia



Manisha Desai

University of Connecticut


AAA > gender/sexuality/italy (2) 2015

The editorial board is pleased to issue a call for submissions for Number 2, 2015 of gender/sexuality/italy (g/s/i), a peer-reviewed, digital open-access journal on gender studies in Italian culture.

Articles must be either in English or Italian, no longer than 8,000 words with spaces (including bibliography and footnotes), and must conform to the standards of The Chicago Manual of Style.

Articles can include multimedia material (pictures, video, and audio files), provided that copyright permissions are obtained prior to article submission. Please submit your article through this website on Submit an Article by January 30, 2015. For further details, please consult the Submission Guidelines or inquire at info@gsijournal.com.

The accepted contributions will be published online in Number 2, 2105 of g/s/i.

Starting from the current issue, the journal will include four sections: 1. Themed Section, 2. Open Contributions3. Invited Perspectives, and 4. Reviews.

1. Themed Section: Gendered Domination in Contemporary Italy

We welcome contributions on cultures, politics, practices, discourses, strategies, and representations of gendered domination in contemporary Italy with regard to heteronormativity, post-patriarchal regimes, colonial and postcolonial issues of race and ethnicity, self-disciplinary and self-containment behaviors, and issues related to posthumanism, animal studies, and ecocriticism.

We deliberately use the term domination (from latin dominus, a, um) in its etymological association with the ideas of master, owner, or sovereign, in order to highlight the sense of over-powerment attached to certain forms of gendered domination that are prominent in contemporary Italy. However, domination can also be intended as a form of transformative empowerment, if referred to specific discourses, such as lesbian feminism or ecofeminism. In general, we would like to interrogate the sphere of gendered domination not only as forms of power-relations that impose individuals’ or groups’ supremacy, but also as more mobile and strategic forms of power dispersed across many sectors of Italian society.

We include a few topics as examples:

– cultures, politics, and strategies of gendered domination: 
gendered domination in colonial and postcolonial Italy,
political and public controversies on equal rights for LGBTQ individuals,
old and new policies and strategies on “quote rosa” and “parità di genere” in the Italian Parliament and work legislation,
issues of conservative gendered policies encouraged or implemented in public schools with the support of parents’ associations,
controversies on gender studies as a field of research;

 discourses of gendered domination
new discourses on femicide and other forms of abuse of gendered or weak subjects,
feminism, antifeminism, postfeminism, neofeminism and other antagonistic perspectives in matters of gender,
media campaigns demonizing female prostitution, young adult sexuality, dress codes, and sexual practices;

 practices of gendered domination:
practices of gendered and racist domination supported both in public discourses and at the institutional level,
verbal and non-verbal practices of gendered domination, such as gendered and racially discriminating forms of address, and vocabulary and corpora of gendered domination;

– representations of gendered domination in literature, film, visual culture, music, comics, and advertising:
heteronormativity and other gendered structures of domination,
empowered gendered characters,
the posthuman and the gendered ‘other’.

Possible theoretical approaches of contributions include, but are not limited to: feminism, postfeminism, queer studies, cultural studies, film, sociology, history, critical race studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, men’s studies, sociolinguistics, politics, animal studies, ecocriticism, and cultural semiotics.

For general inquiries please email the Editor, Nicoletta Marini-Maio at marinin@dickinson.edu

2. Open Contributions

This section of g/s/i welcomes excellent scholarly contributions concerning topics that are consonant with the main focus of our journal, but are not related to the current call for submissions. The deadlines and submission guidelines are the same as those detailed above for the themed call. For inquiries, please email Open Contributions Editor, Ellen Nerenberg, at enerenberg@wesleyan.edu

3. Invited Perspectives

This section is intended for multimedia contributions by practitioners, journalists, philosophers, artists, and other individuals invited by the editors whose contributions may be instrumental to the further development of the current issue. For inquiries, please email Invited Perspectives Editor, Paola Bonifazio, at pbonifazio@austin.utexas.edu

4. Reviews

Please send inquiries about book and media reviews to Reviews Editor, Clarissa Clò at cclo@mail.sdsu.edu

– See more at: http://www.gendersexualityitaly.com/article-submissions/call-for-submissions-2/#sthash.twY4XrGP.dpuf

Congrès des Etudes de genre en France – Sciencesconf.org

Congrès des Etudes de genre en France – Sciencesconf.org.

A l’heure où la pertinence et la légitimité scientifiques des études de genre sont enfin reconnues en France, l’Institut du Genre CNRS/Universités organise le premier Congrès dans ce domaine à l’échelon national.

Le Congrès se tiendra du 3 au 5 septembre à l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (voir infra, Organisation du Congrès). Continuer la lecture de Congrès des Etudes de genre en France – Sciencesconf.org