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Call for Presentations
Femininities & Masculinities – A Gender & Sexuality Project

4th Global Conference
Friday 2nd May – Sunday 4th May 2014
Lisbon, Portugal

Gender studies is an interdisciplinary field of academic study on the
issues of gender in its social and cultural contexts. Since its
emergence from feminism, gender studies have become one of the most
deliberated disciplines. The following project aims at an
interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and perspectives on the issues of
femininities and masculinities in the 21st century. It invites
ground-breaking research on a plethora of topics connected with
gender, to propose an interdisciplinary view of the frontiers and to
stake out new territories in the study of femininities and
masculinities.

http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/gender-and-sexuality/femininity-and-masculinity/call-for-papers/

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Call  for Presentations
Gender and Disability – A Gender & Sexuality  Project

1st Global Conference
Tuesday 6th May – Thursday 8th May  2014
Lisbon,  Portugal

While ideas around  disability have significantly changed due to the shift
from the medical to the  social model, disabled people are too often viewed
as non-sexual beings, and  rarely seen as objects of desire outside of the
fetish community in which the  disability is the object of desire rather than
the person per se. Most  representations of disability construct disability
as either monstrous (as in  horror cinema) or sympathetic (as in social
issue cinema and documentaries), in  both cases disability is rendered as
abnormal and disabled people incapable of  ‘normal’ sexual relationships. Yet
for all of us, at some stage in our lives,  disability will become our issue
rather than someone else’s issue whether this  is through accident, chronic
illness or the vagaries of the aging  process.
This conference seeks to challenge popular conceptions and  perceptions of
sexuality and disability. In addition to academic papers, we are
particularly interested in opening up a space for the discussion of personal
experiences of disability and sexuality and the role of sex workers, community
programs and the work of sex educators. Inter-disciplinary and
cross-disciplinary perspectives are sought on sexuality and disability,  including
cross-cultural and transcultural perspectives. Non-traditional  presentations are
encouraged including workshops, performances and round table  discussions.

http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/gender-and-sexuality/sexua
lity-and-disability/call-for-presentations/