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CfP: Researching Sex and Intimacy in Contemporary Life: An interdisciplinary Symposium

Call for papers

 Researching Sex and Intimacy in Contemporary Life:

An interdisciplinary Symposium

July 18th 2014

Hosted by the School of Law, Politics and Sociology and supported by Researcher-led Initiative funding, 

University of Sussex

With confirmed speakers Dr Meg Barker, Open University:

Professor Andrea Cornwall, University of Sussex:

This symposium aims to bring together researchers across the disciplines to address key current questions and explore ways of researching and thinking about sex and intimacy. Currently there is much exciting research and thinking in this area in the UK. Indeed there has been a recent proliferation of research and publication spanning such diverse areas as mediated intimacies, mapping intimacies, asexuality and intimacy, enduring love, liquid love, intimacy and living alone, living apart together, seduction communities, cross-national intimacies, intimacy landscapes, intimate citizenship, sexual citizenship, plastic sexuality, sexualisation, sex work, sex and material culture. There is plenty of scope for interdisciplinary thinking and researching from a range of disciplines including Sociology, Cultural studies, Gender Studies, Anthropology, Politics, Law, International Development, Education, Psychology and beyond. It is anticipated that future networking and opportunities for collaboration will arise from this event. Peers and colleagues at all levels (from doctoral researchers to senior academics) are invited to share their research-in-progress or completed research and reflections on this topic.

Papers will be either 10 minutes (with 5 minutes for discussion) or 30 minutes (with 10 minutes for discussion). Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and returned to Charlotte Morris by 30th May at

Presenters may choose to address the (non-exhaustive) questions listed below:

How do we define sex in relation to intimacy and vice versa?

In what ways do ideas about sex and intimacy diverge and or overlap?

What theoretical and methodological frameworks enable us to effectively research sex and intimacy in contemporary life? Are new frameworks needed?

In what ways are sex and intimacy represented, conceptualised and practiced?

Are there any ways in which understandings and practices of sex and intimacy can be said to have changed in recent times and if so, to what extent?

How do intersecting identities influence understandings and practices of sex and intimacy?

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