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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


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.

“For her project Sworn Virgins of Albania, photographer Jill Peters visited to the mountain villages of northern Albania to capture portraits of “burneshas,” or females who have lived their lives as men for reasons related to their culture and society.

Many of the women assumed their male identities from an early age as a way to avoid the old codes that governed the tribal clans, which stated that women were the property of their husbands.”





International Conference “Gender in focus: (new) trends in media”
June 20-21, 2014
University of Minho (Braga, Portugal)
The Communication and Society Research Centre invites you to submit a proposal for a paper, panel or poster presentation to the upcoming International Conference “Gender in focus: (new) trends in media”.
Over the last decades, a considerable amount of research has been conducted on the relationship of gender with communication. However, new insights are still needed, especially those that explore the interrelations and negotiations between media and gender through the use of interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches.
This event aims to serve as a forum to discuss ideas, experiences and research results on gender and media, bringing together social sciences researchers, NGOs representatives and media professionals.
Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Femininities and/or Masculinities Representations in Media
• Gender and Media Trends
• Gender, Media and Public Sphere
• Gender, Advertising and Consumer Culture
• Gender, Audience and Reception Studies
• Gender, Digital Culture and Communication
• Gender, Media Institutions and Communication Policies
• Media and Feminist Theory
• Media Social Networks and Identities
• Media, Gender and Democracy
• Media, Gender and Human rights
• Media, Gender and Intercultural Communication
• Media, Gender and Sexualities
• New Media and Feminist Movements
• Intersectionality and Media
Please submit an abstract for oral paper or poster up to 300 words and a brief authors biography of about 150 words. Panel proposals should consist of a rationale of the panel (300 words), abstracts for individual presenters (150 words each), name of panel chair(s) and a brief authors biography of about 150 words.
Proposals should be submitted through the EasyChair system (, mentioning name, academic affiliation and contacts. The deadline is February 15, 2014 and the notification of paper, panel or poster acceptance will be no later than March 15, 2014.
The official language of the conference is English.
For more information, please contact us:
Communication and Society Research Centre
Social Sciences Institute
University of Minho
Gualtar Campus
4710-057 Braga – Portugal
Assuming Gender Special Issue – “Queer and There”

Assuming Gender would like to invite submissions to our forthcoming special issue: ‘Queer and There’. In this issue we aim to explore contemporary queer theory and its practical and theoretical horizons. We welcome submissions which engage with ‘queer texts’, but also those which apply perspectives gained from queer theory to perhaps unexpected texts, objects or fields. We would also welcome more theoretically-focused articles, including those which posit challenges to aspects of the field.

In respect to the title, ‘Queer and There’, we particularly welcome submissions that take queer approaches to, or locate the queer in new and unexpected places.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Bodies
  • Ecologies
  • Futures
  • Heteronormativity
  • Intersections
  • Kinship
  • Nature/the Natural
  • Normativities
  • Paraphilia/Fetish
  • Perversion
  • Science/Technology
  • Sexual Identities/Orientations
  • Sexual Practices
  • Sociality
  • Space/Spatiality
  • Time/Temporality
  • The ‘End’ of Queer Theory

Proposals are welcome from any academic discipline, and can cover any historical period. We particularly welcome inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches.

We welcome contributions from academics and graduate students. Submissions should follow the Assuming Gender submission guidelines. Deadline: Monday, 2 September 2013.

Submissions and enquiries should be sent to issue co-editors David Andrew Griffiths and Kat Deerfield at

Call for papers
Queer, feminist digital media praxis
Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology | Issue 3, May 2014

Editors: Aristea Fotopoulou (University of Sussex), Alex Juhasz (Pitzer College), Kate O’Riordan (University of Sussex/ University of California, Santa Cruz)

We invite contributions to a peer-reviewed special issue that brings together artistic, theoretical, critical and empirical responses to a range of questions around mediation, technology and gender equality. In particular we are interested in exploring what the concept of praxis could offer in our thinking about the intersections of gender, digital media, and technology.

Praxis in both Marxist and in Arendtian political thought brings together theory, philosophy and political action into the realm of the everyday. Inspired from this premise, and continuing the conversations that started during the workshop Queer, feminist social media praxis at the University of Sussex in May 2013 (, we focus here on the conditions for a feminist digital media praxis. Media praxis, in other words the “making and theorising of media towards stated projects of world and self-changing” (, could be a vital component of feminist and/or queer political action. We are interested in the different modes of political action for social justice, enabled by digital technologies and social media, including theory, art, activism or pedagogy. What kinds of possibilities or impossibilities do these technologies and platforms offer for interpreting and intervening in the world?

The fourth issue of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology seeks submissions that explore the concept of feminist, queer, digital media praxis. We welcome unpublished work from scholars of any discipline and background, including collaborative, non-traditional, or multimodal approaches that can especially benefit from the journal’s open access online status.
Topics and approaches might include, but are not limited to:

Affect, desire and disgust
Diffractive readings
Digital storytelling
Herstories, archiving and remembering
Feminist pedagogy
New media bodies
Imaginaries, futures and technological utopias Radical art practices Science, technology and social justice

We invite submissions for individual papers on any of the above themes or related themes. Contributions in formats other than the traditional essay are encouraged; please contact the editor to discuss specifications and/or multimodal contributions.

All submissions should be sent by 15th August, to They should be accompanied by the following information in the email message with your submission attachment:

Name(s), affiliation(s), email address(es) of the person(s) submitting.
Title of the text
Abstract of 400-600 words

Please note that Ada uses a two-level review process that is open to members of the Fembot Collective. For more information about our review policy, see these guidelines:

Important dates:

– Deadline for abstracts: 15th August 2013
– Notification of accepted papers: 1st September 2013
– Deadline for full essays: 5th December 2013
– Expected publication date: May 2014

About Ada:

Ada is an online, open access, open source, peer-reviewed journal run on a nonprofit basis by feminist media scholars from Canada, the UK, and the US. The journal’s first issue was published online in November 2012 and has so far received more than 75,000 page views. Ada operates a review process that combines the feminist mentorship of fan communities with the rigor of peer review. Read more at We do not – and will never – charge fees for publishing your materials, and we will share those materials using a Creative Commons License.

Information about the editors:

Aristea Fotopoulou is postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, working at the intersections of media & cultural studies with science & technologies studies. She is interested in critical aspects of digital culture, emerging technologies and social change, and in feminist/queer theory. She has written about digital networks and feminism, and recently, on information politics and knowledge production, and on social imaginaries of digital engagement. She currently explores practices of sharing in relation to biosensors and other smart technologies, and also works with Kate to produce SusNet, a co-created platform of feminist cultural production, art and activism.

Alexandra Juhasz is Professor of Media Studies, Pitzer College. She has written multiple articles on feminist, fake, and AIDS documentary. Her current work is on and about YouTube, and other more radical uses of digital media. She has produced the feature films, The Owls, and The Watermelon Woman, as well as nearly fifteen educational documentaries on feminist issues like teenage sexuality, AIDS, and sex education. Her first book, AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University Press, 1996) is about the contributions of low-end video production to political organizing and individual and community growth.

Kate O’Riordan is Reader in Digital Media and Associate Professor of Art at the University of Sussex and the University of California Santa Cruz respectively. She is the author and editor of three books, most recently The Genome Incorporated: Constructing Biodigital Identity. Her interests and expertise range from gender, sexuality and digital culture to human cloning, genomics and other biodigital symptoms. She is currently engaged in work at the intersections of art, science and media about in-vitro meat, biosensors and smart grids and questions about sustaining knowledge in feminist art and activism.

The Critical Research into Consumer Culture (CRiCC) Seminar Series is hosting a discussion panel on “Consumption, Gender & Sexuality” convened by Tommaso Milani.

Speakers are:

Siyabonga Koba, “Practices of Pleasure: Investigating Porn Use in South Africa

Danai Mupotsa, “New Royals, Our Tradition & The Cult of Femininity

Bridget Kenny, “Lift Girls Lament’: Sex & Race in Johannesburg Department Stores

Date: Tuesday 23 July 2013
Time: 12.30-14.00hrs

Venue: Origins Centre, Ground Floor, Room 006

A light lunch will be served.

More information: