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  • Mark 10:45 am on December 19, 2015 Permalink
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    CfP: Mediated Intimacies 

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    CFP Mediated Intimacies DEADLINE EXTENDED

    Mediated Intimacies
    Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Gender Studies to be published in March 2017
    edited by Feona Attwood, Jamie Hakim, Alison Winch
    EXTENDED DEADLINE – 30th January 2016
    In what ways does media convergence culture represent, intervene in, exploit and enable intimate relations? How is intimacy being reconfigured under neoliberalism?
    On the one hand we are living in atomized and individualistic times where relationships are increasingly strategic and competitive. On the other the media has become, as Beverly Skeggs argues, intensely intimate. This special issue on mediated intimacies aims to explore how understandings of intimacy are (re)constructed and experienced, particularly in digital cultures. In addition, we are interested in the ways in which the apparently alienated entrepreneurial self is constructed through and by forging intimate connections and simultaneously how these networks are mined and monetized by corporate culture.

    This special issue of Journal of Gender Studies is developed from a symposium held in July 2014 on Mediated Intimacies where the speakers explored, among other topics, girls’ online friendships, ‘expert’ sex advice in printed media, male seduction communities, and how pornography reconceptualises the very idea of intimacy itself.

    Potential papers could explore the affective dimensions of intimate practices reflecting the pleasures and pains of life lived under neoliberalism, including how precarity and class impact on the ways in which intimacy is forged. Because digital culture is primarily corporate driven (Taylor 2014) we are interested in how user-generated media employs self-branding strategies. For example, in the refashioning of the body or gendered and sexual identities, or the ways in which intimacy can be a form of self-promotion.

    Feminist and queer perspectives seek to expand the reach of what is constituted as belonging, love, connection and intimacy. Whereas recession culture has reestablished normative gender categories (Negra and Tasker 2014) contemporary digital cultures have the potential to challenge and rework gender and sexual identities (McGlotten 2013). This issue hopes to explore these productive tensions.

    Potential papers could also explore how sexuality, sex, sexual knowledges and sexual pleasure function by looking, for example, at Do-It-Yourself porn, sexual subcultures and alternative sex practices. A final consideration underpinning this issue is how different intimacies intersect along axes of class, race, disability, age and geographical location.

    Possible topics could include:
    ●      adapting and resisting gendered and sexed identities
    ●      forging new normative gendered identities
    ●      mediatised kinship (families, parenthood and fertility)
    ●      geolocation technology
    ●      dating and hook up apps, sex dating and relationship cultures
    ●      selfies
    ●      role of experts (e.g. sex advisors and agony aunts), including their changing meaning in peer-driven contexts
    ●      mediated romance
    ●      fitness apps and body culture
    ●      use of social networking sites, including instagram, Facebook, Twitter
    ●      self-branding
    ●      the mediation of friendship
    ●      rebranding feminism
    ●      pornography
    ●      monetization of intimacy, including big data, content generation and PR/advertising

    Please send 7000 word completed essays by 30th January 2016 through Scholar One Manuscripts:  http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjgs20/current.
    Please direct enquiries to Alison Winch, Feona Attwood and Jamie Hakim

    Publication schedule:
    30th January – deadline for submissions

    February: Papers to peer reviewers

    April: Comments to authors

    September: Authors final revisions

    December 2016: Final accepts

  • Mark 8:23 am on May 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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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: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/92604

    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 cam40@sussex.ac.uk

    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?

  • Mark 5:10 pm on April 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Older Care Home Residents and Sexuality/Intimacy. 

    Conference: Older Care Home Residents and Sexuality/Intimacy.

    The Older People’s Understandings of Sexuality (OPuS) research group, (Manchester and Bradford Universities), is organizing a FREE half-day conference on older care home residents and sexuality/intimacy. The event will take place 2pm – 5pm, Monday 14 July 2014, conference room G.036B, Jean Macfarlane building, University of Manchester. Lunch will be available from 1pm. The room will be laid out cabaret style to encourage participation and discussion.  But don’t expect any Liza Minnelli-style high-kicking – no budget (or talent) for that.

    The event will share results of consultative research by interviews with residents and focus groups with care home staff (in the Northwest and West Yorkshire).  It will focus on the significance of doing any such research, how it should be done and good practice in consulting on a sensitive issue with a seldom heard group of people.  We will also consult with conference participants on how to carry our ideas forward in any future national research on older people and intimacy/sexuality. The event will involve speakers from the research group and care homes. It is open to ANYONE but should interest academics, residents, relatives, care home staff and private providers, nursing and social work practitioners, and statutory and voluntary sector organizations and staff.

    To enquire/book a FREE place, contact Dr Paul Simpson, University of Manchester 0161 306 6881 or e-mail: paul.simpson-2@manchester.ac.uk. N.B. there is a limit of 50 places – first-come-first-served. The deadline for registration is 1 July 2014.

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