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(en) Britain, Leeds, CFPCI - Anarchism & Sexuality: ethics, relationships and power

Date Tue, 28 Mar 2006 19:22:43 +0200

From: Jamie Heckert [jamie.heckert-A-gmail.com]
Anarchism & Sexuality: ethics, relationships and power 4 November 2006 University of Leeds
Sponsored by the Specialist Group for the Study of Anarchism http://www.sgsa.org.uk/
Anarchism offers a tremendous body of knowledge and practice challenging
the legitimacy of coercion, domination and rigid social hierarchies.
Sexuality is a realm of social life all too frequently characterised by
(or produced through) hierarchy. Both in terms of theoretical writing
and other forms of social action, anarchist traditions are rarely
acknowledged for their potential in addressing issues of sexuality.
Likewise, in much anarchist writing and action, sexuality has been and
continues to be all too frequently marginalised. However, while
underacknowledged, marginalised efforts have had great impacts. The aim
of this conference is to explore the potentially very productive
intersections of anarchism and sexuality: past, present and future.

In the best anarchist tradition, the event will be defined by people who
participate. What would you like to see happen? What kind of discussions
do you think are important? Would you like to present a paper,
facilitate a discussion, organise a workshop or contribute in other ways?

We imagine papers, discussions & workshops about things like:

* diy women's health
* autonomous queer spaces
* inter-linked hierarchies of race, class, gender, sexuality and authority
* the sexual politics of various anarchisms
* queer theory & poststructuralism
* sexual harassment & the capitalist workplace
* sexual practice as anarchy in action
* erotic democracy
* direct action sexual politics
* the sexual politics of hierarchy
* sex education and sexual health
* rape and abuse
* anarcha feminism
* free love
* sexual citizenship
* S/M
* intergenerational sex
* gay marriage debates
* sex work & organisation
* addressing sexuality in anarchist collectives/networks/movement(s)
* the erotics of capitalism and its alternatives
* the sexual State
* anarchist sexualities: theories and practices


Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words, along with a brief
biographical introduction. Papers from all perspectives will be
considered. Papers should aim to be accessible and to encourage discussion.


Please send us a proposal (1 page at most) which addresses the following

* how long would you want for your session (e.g., 1 or 2 hours)?
* do you want to limit the number of participants? If so, how many?
* what are the aims of the session? What do you envision coming out of it?
* how does the session work toward those aims?
* what experience would you bring to the session?
* Would your session be exclusive in any way? (e.g., women only, men
only, activist focused, etc - it's ok if it is! Just let us know.)

DEADLINE: 1 July 2006

REGISTRATION: Costs of participation have yet to be determined but will
be kept to an absolute minimum and on a sliding scale. If possible, we
also aim to provide a small number of travel grants. Please contact us
to be kept up to date on these details.


We welcome groups interested in anarchism and/or sexuality to
participate by organising workshops, sending folk along or providing
materials for distribution (whole info stalls or bunches of leaflets,
flyers, etc).


Proposals toward evening entertainments, artistic interventions, etc
very welcome!

CONTACT for submissions, proposals, registration, etc

Richard Cleminson
R.M.Cleminson @ leeds.ac.uk

Jamie Heckert
Jamie.Heckert @ gmail.com

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