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[Commlist] CFP: Quiet Revolution? Alternative sexualities in Europe and the post-Soviet region
Wed Feb 20 12:35:34 GMT 2019
This is a reminder that our autumn symposium in Cardiff *"Quiet
Revolution? Alternative sexualities in Europe and the post-Soviet
region*" will be held on the**19 September 2019.
The call for submissions is open until the 1st of March 2019. You can
find more details about the event below and attached.
Dr Galina Miazhevich
Email: (MiazhevichG /at/ cardiff.ac.uk) <mailto:(MiazhevichG /at/ cardiff.ac.uk)>
Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture
Room 2.44, Two Central Square, Central Square, CARDIFF, CF10 1FS,
Ysgol Newyddiaduraeth, y Cyfryngau a Diwylliant, Prifysgol Caerdydd
Dau Sgwâr Canolog, Sgwâr Canolog, CAERDYDD, CF10
*/Quiet Revolution? Alternative sexualities in Europe and the
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 sexualities^ <#_ftn1> 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, howthe 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 post-communist Europe?
·*Sexualities, popular cultureand 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.
·*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
·*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
We welcome submissions from early career scholars, established
academics, as well as activists and practitioners. Abstracts should be
submitted by *Friday, 1^st of March 2019*. Please submit a short bio, a
300-words abstract and up to 7 keywords to: (_quietrevolution18 /at/ gmail.com)
<mailto:(quietrevolution18 /at/ gmail.com)>_
Other forms of participation (posters, creative projects, film
screenings, etc.) should be discussed in advance with the Organising
Team. When sending your abstract, please indicate whether you would like
your paper to be considered_for publication in an edited volume
*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.
Galina Miazhevich, Cardiff University (PI) & Maria Brock, Cardiff University
This symposium is informed and supported by an AHRC funded project/‘A
Quiet Revolution? Discursive representation of non-heteronormative
sexuality in Russia’ (2018-2020) _https://www.quiet-revolution.org_/
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.
 <#_ftnref1> 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.
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