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[Commlist] Quiet Revolution? Alternative Sexualities in Europe and the post-Soviet Region
Mon Jan 21 15:15:13 GMT 2019
Call for Papers for our autumn symposium in Cardiff:
"Quiet Revolution? Alternative sexualities in Europe and the post-Soviet
You can find more details on the event (and the project) here:
https://www.quiet-revolution.org/symposium, or see below.
Quiet Revolution? Alternative sexualities in Europe and
the post-Soviet region Cardiff University, UK
19 September 2019
In light of the rising rhetoric of ‘traditional
values’ in parts of Western and Eastern Europe and
the former Soviet Union, this one-day event calls
for an examination of what this conservative turn
and the rise of illiberal political regimes
imply for the voices of marginalised and alternative
sexualities1 and their representations in the former
Eastern bloc and beyond. The symposium asks how
analyses of historical legacies, cultural trends and
geographical location might help us to understand and
re/conceptualise alternative sexualities in the
post-Soviet region and Europe at present, that is,
how the way that queerness is coded responds to
shifting sociopolitical, cultural and legal
landscapes. The goal of the event is to
bring together different strands of interdisciplinary
research on sexuality and contribute to a dialogue
between communities that have developed around them
across the post-Soviet region and Europe.
We welcome submissions addressing the following areas:
• Sexualities, geo-temporality and shifting dynamics:
sexualities and locality; sexual/intimate citizenship and
geo-temporality; sexuality and geopolitics; ‘delayed’
(Borenstein, 2008) sexual revolutions in post-Soviet
region; sexualities and class; sexualities and race;
sexualities, mobilities and migration; sexualities, cultures
and shifting moral regimes; regional appropriations
of mainstream transnational sexualities (e.g. ‘global gay’).
• Sexualities and the body: hetero- and
homonormativity; positionality, queerness and non-binarity;
trans-sexuality, transgender; a/sexual and other
practices; sexuality, body politics and citizenship; LGBT
and the missing T (transgender); LGBTQ or Q?
How is queerness appropriated and domesticated in
• Sexualities, popular culture and the media:
heterosexism, mediated homophobia, misrecognitions and
sensationalism; convergent media and multifaceted
representations; social media and violence (trolling,
etc.); performativity; visual representations of the
body, over/sexualised masculinities and femininities;
excessive aesthetics and sexualities, camp, Estrada;
comedy and sexualities, etc.
1 The phrase “alternative sexuality” is purposefully
broad, and inclusive of non-conforming gender
identifications and sexual orientations and an
intersectionality of gender and sexual expressions.
• Sexualities, media and generations: sexuality,
generational differences and convergent media; learning
about sexualities (schools, other educational institutions,
social media); representations of sexualities and
different age groups.
• Mediated sexualities and in/exclusion: absences,
omissions and/or visibility of sexual minorities.
Reconsidering visibility in social media and popular
culture: Does mediation of sexual minorities amplify
diversity, foster inclusion or have an adverse
effects and lead to compartmentalisation and intensifies
exclusion? Commodification of mediated queerness.
• Sexuality and law: the law, bodies and
sexualities; Russian ‘Gay propaganda law’ of 2013 and
variations; human rights in Russia and Europe;
violence towards LGBTQ+ persons and communities.
• Ethics & methodologies: frameworks and epistemologies;
Western-centrism; decolonising movements; activism and
academia; emotional and methodological challenges of
researching alternative sexualities.
Submissions: We welcome submissions from early career
scholars, established academics, as well as activists
and practitioners. Abstracts should be submitted by
Friday, 1st of March 2019.
Other forms of participation (posters, creative projects,
film screenings, etc.) should be discussed in
advance with the Organising Team. You will be
notified of the panel’s decision by Monday, 15th
April 2019. When sending your abstract, please
indicate whether you would like your paper to be
considered for publication in an edited volume
Please submit a short bio, a 300-words abstract and
up to 7 keywords to: (quietrevolution18 /at/ gmail.com)
Fees: the subsidised conference fee will cover coffee
breaks, lunch, evening reception and a welcome
pack. Standard fee is £50. Post-grad students/independent
researchers’ fee is £25.
A number of bursaries for PhD students, independent
researchers and recipients from lower income regions
are available. To apply for a fee-waiver/bursary,
please indicate it in your submission and provide
We are happy to provide visa invitation letters and
other supporting documentation to enable participation.
Organisers Galina Miazhevich, Cardiff University (PI)
& Maria Brock, Cardiff University
This symposium is informed and supported by an AHRC
funded project ‘A Quiet Revolution? Discursive
representations of non-heteronormative sexuality in Russia’
If travelling from outside the UK via London,
Cardiff is an easy 2-hour train journey from
Paddington station. The conference participants can
benefit from a discounted rate at Jury’s Inn hotel,
Cardiff (booking code will be provided by the
organisers). Other accommodation options and recommendations
to be made available.
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