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Event: Sexuality Summer School 2014 (26th-30th May: Manchester, UK) @SSS_Manchester

Event: Sexuality Summer School 2014 – 3 Public Lectures (free and all welcome)

Dates: 26th – 30th May 2014

Programme: please find detailed below.

  • Monday 26 May – 12pm-2pm: Professor Jasbir Puar (Rutgers) ‘A Body with New Organs: Becoming Trans, Becoming Disabled’

Venue: Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd, Kanaris LT (1st Floor)

In this paper Puar historically situates the most current intersectional flavors of the day, “trans” and “disabled,” through their emergence as the latest newcomers to the intersectional fray.  She looks at how their parallel yet rarely intersecting epistemological constructs—both come into being, or becoming, in the early 90s in the academy as well as in broader political terms and movements—require exceptionalizing both the trans body and the disabled body in order to convert the debility of a non-normative body into a form of social and cultural capacity, whether located in state recognition, identity politic formations, market economies, the medical industrial complex, or subject positioning.

  • Tuesday 27 May 4pm-6pm: Professor Valerie Traub (University of Michigan and Simon Visiting Professor, Manchester) ‘Anatomy, Cartography, and the Prehistory of Normality’

Venue: John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, Oxford Rd, University of Manchester. Sponsored by EAC, SEXGEN and Pride. Followed by wine reception at Contact Theatre.

During the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, European cartographers and anatomists developed novel strategies for representing the diversity of human bodies in their atlases of the world and its inhabitants. Tracking their implicit taxonomies of gender, sexuality, race, and class, Valerie Traub speculates on the effects of their strategies on the historical emergence of the concept of “the normal.”

  • Thursday 29 May – 5pm-7om: Public Lecture by Professor Mary Bryson (University of British Columbia) and Chase Joynt (Chicago) ‘ Biopolitics Under the Skin: Relating Cancer Narratives – An Archive of the ‘Talking Dead’?’

Venue: John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester. Followed by wine reception at Kro.

This talk situates the Cancer’s Margins project (www.lgbtcancer.ca) and its preliminary findings in an overview of feminist, postcolonial, and queer biopolitical scholarship. concerning anatomy, pathographies, embodiment, chronicity and new analytic modes of technomaterialism that have foregrounded and articulated complex and discontinuous assemblages that twist, warp and reimagine modernity’s bedrock binaries, including ‘alive<>dead’, ‘real <>fiction’, ‘subject<>object’, ‘now<>then’ and so on. This lecture will engage with the opportunity, and perhaps, the obligation, to think critically about the move to delimit historically, and as a gesture to an entirely different futurity, the time when a biopolitics of embodied humanism was organized in a relation of explicit politicization.


The Sexuality Summer School is sponsored this year by the Faculty of Humanities; Cornerhouse; Contact; Manchester Pride; Screen; Science, Stroke, Art 2014; and SEXGEN.

For more information about the Sexuality Summer School, including details of previous events, go to sexualitysummerschool.wordpress.com, email us and get on the mailing list at sexualitysummerschool@gmail.com, find Sexuality Summer School on Facebook or tweet us @SSS_Manchester.

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CFP: Sexualities Special Issue ‘Intellectual Disability and Sexuality: On the Agenda?’

Papers are called for that consider…

Issues relating to intellectual disability regarding sex, childrearing and intimacy are considered contentious at the best of times. This is often couched in discourses of danger, risk and protection. But it is clear that intellectually disabled people have been subject to physical and sexual abuse, excluded and marginalised from relationships and sex education, struggled with their own health and wellbeing and represented as ‘less than human’ and therefore lack capacity to make decisions about their own sexuality. In addition, all of the above have an impact upon everyday life, family members and carers. The lack of sexual and physical autonomy is further compounded in social discourse as in the case where a British mother defended her right, before the courts, to have her young disabled daughters’ womb removed. Conversely, attention has also been drawn to young disabled people and their sexual activity or sexuality in a positive and proactive light. The Family Planning Association (fpa) in the UK dedicated their Sexual Health Week in August 2008, to campaign for the rights of disabled people to have sex and relationships. With these tensions and dilemmas in mind it makes sense to dedicate a special issue to intellectual disability.

If you would like to contribute an original article based on empirical, theoretical or policy research in the areas of intellectual disability regarding: sexuality and rights, intimacy, sexual health, sex and education, sex work, abuse/violence, same sex relationships, gender, dating, mothering and so on please send a 300 word abstract to me (details below) with a working title before 30th September 2013.

The final papers will be 6-7000 maximum. Other innovative shorter pieces, commentary, or response pieces will also be considered if deemed appropriate in this issue. All papers will be anonymously peer reviewed and go through the usual academic rigour. Please contact me with abstract, title, and/or questions. 

Dr Chrissie Rogers: c.rogers3@aston.ac.uk Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University (Birmingham, UK)