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

We are pleased to announce the eighth biennial meeting of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS), entitled “Naming and Framing: The Making of Sexual (In)Equality”. This conference, due to take place 6 – 9 July 2011 in Madrid, Spain, is co-organized by the Social Anthropology Department of Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

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.

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.


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