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Conference: Naming and Framing: The Making of Sexual (In)Equality

Event Date: 
July 6, 2011 (All day) - July 9, 2011 (All day)

The 2011 Conference theme focuses on the multiple ways that equality and inequality are articulated through sexuality. The meeting will explore diverse situations and issues of (in)equality with regard to sexuality in the global arena, bringing together researchers, advocates, policymakers and practitioners to critically share their strategies and challenges that inform and inspire new forms of action and thinking about sexuality. Abstracts and scholarship applicationscan be submitted until January 10, 2011.

The theme of the meeting invites dialogue and analyses of the interplay of sexuality, sexual identity, gender, class, race, ethnicity, age, citizenship and inequality. As well, the Conference theme invites analyses placed within the context of the state’s willingness (or reticence) to discuss and incorporate practices, discourses, laws and public policies that acknowledge sexual rights for all men and women and promote gender equality, and recognition of sexual diversity.

The official language of the Conference is English. However, for the first time, we will have one afternoon of sessions in the language of the host country, namely Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation. Due to the limited space and time for presentations in Spanish, only a limited number of abstracts will be accepted in that language.

In line with the IASSCS’ mission, the Conference seeks to promote links between researchers, academics, advocates and activists by addressing the process of taking theory into practise, conceptualizing the meaning and significance of advocacy at the national and community level, and supporting and advancing the implementation of sexual rights.

The VIII IASSCS Conference offers various options for abstract submission: abstracts, posters, films and workshop presentations. For more information regarding the main themes of the Conference, detailed information on the type of proposal submission and the submission guidelines, please click here.

The main themes of the Conference sessions include, but are not limited to:

* Gender, feminism(s) and the struggle for sexual equality.
* HIV/AIDS and sexual inequality.
* Beyond heterosexuality: LGBTQI challenging and reproducing sexual hegemonies.
* Sexualized states. From sexual repression to sexual democracies: The role of the law, public policies, education, medicine and religion.
* Non-normative bodies as a sexual battleground.
* Development work and the reproduction of sexual inequality.
* Sexual tourism: tensions between development and cultural colonization.
* Pleasure, desire and sexual (in)equality.
* Academia and sexual power relations in the house of sciences.
* The races, ethnicities, social classes and ages of sexual (in)equality.
* Translating (in)equality: cultural globalization of both sexual discrimination and sexual rights.
* Sexuality 2.0: internet, the media and online social networks constructing and deconstructing sexual images, relations and practices.
* The arts performing, reproducing and questioning sexual inequalities.


The International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) was formed in July 1997 in Amsterdam, following a successful conference, “Beyond Boundaries: Sexuality across Cultures”, jointly hosted by the Universities of Amsterdam and Chicago.

IASSCS conferences have progressively become an important platform for the consolidation and strengthening of a solid network of scholars from the disciplines of anthropology, history, sociology, health policy, and the humanities, as well as from cultural and gender studies who were engaged in the social and cultural study of sexuality. IASSCS’ seven successful conferences have attracted broad attendance by researchers, policy makers and activists, with substantial participation from the South. Its last conference in Hanoi gathered over 430 participants from 46 countries. These biennial conferences serve as a venue contributing to the creation and strengthening of sexuality networks and coalitions across disciplines, professions and regions.

IASSCS is an open, democratic, international organization and seeks to strengthen the field of social and cultural research on sexuality globally, including the development of research capacity, and gives priority to the crucial need for diversity in this field of inquiry. Its mission is informed by the principles of social justice and human rights, with a focus on sexual rights and gender equality, as expressed in documents such as the Cairo Programme of Action, CEDAW and the UNGASS Declaration on HIV/AIDS.


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