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Colloquium: Heteronormativity and health in education and practice


Sexual orientation and gender identity are social determinants of health for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, as homophobia and heteronormativity persist as prejudices in society.

South Africa’s health system faces unique challenges: a quadruple burden of disease, a significant loss of health workers to other countries, challenges in health management, as well as the social context of high levels of poverty and unemployment, and a large HIV epidemic. All of these factors warrant an investigation into the health of LGBTI people specific to the South African context, to take into account the intersections of marginalised sexual and gender identities with other forms of discrimination and social exclusion. In the recent years, national health programming has included certain LGBTI identities into key policies such as the National Strategic Plan on HIV, TB and STIs. However, LGBTI people face numerous challenges in accessing health care, ranging from discrimination at the hands of health care workers to a lack of LGBTI-specific health information and resources. Initiatives that address heteronormativity in health care provision, as well as in health worker education, are urgently needed.


The aim of this colloquium is to create a platform for South African academics, civil society representatives, community representatives and practitioners to share and discuss their work and experiences in challenging heteronormativity in the South African health system.

To this end, the colloquium aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To identify and share existing research on health care needs for sexual minorities in South Africa, and present strategies to address these needs.
  2. To explore the impact of heteronormativity in health service delivery and in health education at higher education institutions.
  3. To demonstrate best practice, tools and methodologies in learning and teaching about non-normative sexualities and challenging heteronormativity at Higher Education Institutions and in the health system, and to identify areas for future research.
  1. To develop an agenda for socially responsive research through partnerships with LGBTI organisations to inform research, education and practice within the health sciences, and to create a network of researchers, civil society representatives and health care practitioners.


Format of contributions

The colloquium will consist of research presentations and interactive skills-building workshops. Paper presenters will have 15 mins for presentation, followed by a 5 minute Q&A session. Workshops will be 90 mins long, and cater for a maximum of 15 participants. Both formats will address one (or more) of the themes identified below. Ideally, the workshop sessions will provide more practical aspects to complement the theoretical paper presentations.

Presenters of papers should share findings from empirical research that address one (or more) of the themes identified below. Paper abstracts should be 300 words long, and follow the format of scientific abstracts (introduction – methodology – findings – discussion).

Interactive workshop sessions are meant to allow colloquium participants to enhance their skills in addressing heteronormativity in the health sciences. These could range from strategies to visibilise heteronormativity in institutional settings, to practical skills for teaching and facilitating. Abstracts for interactive workshop sessions should be 500 words long and specify the following: rationale/ background – aim – format – target audience.

Please submit your abstract by 31st March 2014, via email to



  1. Impact of heteronormativity on health and health care
  2. Strategies to address institutionalized heteronormativity in health care education and the health services
  3. Engaging health care workers around heteronormativity
  4. Heteronormativity in health care worker professional education
  5. Heteronormativity in patient health education and health prevention messaging

Papers that don’t address these specific themes but contribute to advancing the overall colloquium objectives are also welcome.



With this colloquium, we aim to create a space for dialogue and collaboration between academic institutions, civil society organisations, government representatives, and health care practitioners. The focus of this colloquium is on work around heteronormativity and health in South Africa, and we encourage contributors to share practice-related aspects of their work.

The colloquium will have space for 35 participants. Preference will be given to presenters of workshops and papers. If you would like to attend without presenting, please contact us and explain

–          Why you would like to attend,

–          How it will benefit your work, and

–          How you would share the conference outcomes with your network(s).

People who identify as non-heteronormative are especially encouraged to apply.


Registration cost

Registration for the colloquium will be free of charge. We will not be able to provide financial support for travel to or accommodation in Cape Town, but we will provide information on affordable accommodation near the colloquium venue.


Deadlines and notifications

31st March 2014: Deadline for abstract submission for individual presentations and workshops

18th April 2014: Notification about acceptance

1st May – 31st July 2014: Registration (this is required for accepted presenters and workshop facilitators)

15/ 16th August 2014: Colloquium in Cape Town


For more information and conference updates, please visit our website:, or email our conference email address (


We are looking forward to receiving your contributions!


Dr Alexandra Muller & Dr Chris Colvin

School of Public Health and Family Medicine

University of Cape Town


Sexuality Summer School 26 – 30 May: Queer Anatomies

Registration for the Sexuality Summer School is open to all PhD and Masters students and will go live on 14 February 2014 at The number of students is limited to 35 so book early to avoid disappointment. Price: £70 (early bird, until 14 March) / £80 (regular). Includes some food / refreshments and tickets to public events at Contact and the Cornerhouse.

The Sexuality Summer School is a five-day event for postgraduates, organized by the Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture (CSSC) at the University of Manchester since 2008. The Sexuality Summer School brings together postgraduates, researchers and international scholars, and also artists and filmmakers, to facilitate dialogue and discussions that speak to contemporary debates in queer and feminist sexuality studies, with a particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of culture. In 2014, our focus will be on cultural theories and histories of anatomy.

The Sexuality Summer School includes public events (see below for details) with Jaspir Puar (Rutgers), Jim Hubbard (director, United in Anger), Richard Dyer (Kings), Valerie Traub (Michigan), Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver (Split Britches), Mary Bryson (British Columbia) and Chase Joynt (Chicago). The Summer School will also include workshops with Claudia Castañeda<> (Emerson), with Erika Alm<> and Kajsa Widegren<> (Gender Studies, Gothenburg) and members of CSSC at the University of Manchester, including: Jackie Stacey<>, Monica Pearl<>, David Alderson<> and Laura Doan<>.

The Sexuality Summer School is sponsored this year by the University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities; Cornerhouse; Contact; Screen; Science, Stroke, Art 2014; and SEXGEN.

For more information about the Sexuality Summer School, including details of previous events, go to<>, email us and get on the mailing list at<>, find Sexuality Summer School<> on Facebook or tweet us @SSS_Manchester<>.

SSS 2014 Public Events (open to everyone):

Monday 26 May – 12-2 – lunchtime public lecture: Professor Jasbir Puar<> (Rutgers)

Monday 26 May – 6-8 – film screening at Cornerhouse: United in Anger: A History of ACT UP<> (2012) followed by Q&A with director Jim Hubbard<>, Professor Richard Dyer<> (Kings) and Dr. Monica Pearl<> (Manchester). Co-sponsored by Screen<>

Tuesday 27 May – 4-6 – public lecture: Professor Valerie Traub<> (Michigan and Simon Visiting Professorship, Manchester). Co-sponsored by SEXGEN northern network<>

Tuesday 27 May – 7.30-9.30 – workshop at Contact: Peggy Shaw<> and Lois Weaver<> in Green Screening: A Conversational Workshop<> (to book:

Wednesday 28 May – 8-10 – evening performance at Contact: Peggy Shaw<> in her new show: RUFF<> followed by ‘Ask the Doctor: Q&A’ (sponsored by Science, Stroke, Art 2014<> as part of Action on Stroke Month<>) (to book:

Thursday 29 May – 5-7 – public lecture: Professor Mary Bryson<> (University of British Columbia) and Chase Joynt<> (Chicago) on Cancer’s Margins<>

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

CFP: Panel on Sex and sexuality in Science/Speculative and Fantasy Fiction

For a panel on the academic track at Loncon3 – the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention:

Science/Speculative and Fantasy fiction are genres in which many things (arguably anything) is possible. This ought to include exploring alternatives to normative and heteronormative representations of sex and sexuality. On this panel our aim will be to consider how, why and to what extent these non-realist genres push the boundaries of representation relating to sex and sexuality. Proposals are invited for academic papers on topics including, but not limited to:

Queer SF&F
LGBTQI representation in SF&F
LGBTQI authors of SF&F
Queer, trans*, non-binary and genderfluid characters in SF&F Relationships between SF&F and queer theory and politics Authorial responsibility regarding representation Potentials and possibilities for non-heteronormative representation

In particular, papers are sought on the work of the guests of honour for Loncon3 – Iain M. Banks, John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb and Bryan Talbot.

Please send a 300 word abstract and brief biography  by December 1st 2013.

B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies & The Faculty of Art, Design and Media at Brighton University present:

Cine Excess VIIEuropean Erotic Cinema: Identity, Desire and Disgust

Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham

15-17 November 2013

Over the last 6 years, the Cine-Excess International Film Conference and
Festival has brought together leading scholars and critics with global
cult filmmakers. Cine-Excess comprises of a 3 day conference alongside
plenary talks, filmmaker interviews and 5-7 UK theatrical premieres of
up and coming cult releases. The event also features its own dedicated
DVD label, with recent releases including the official UK Blu-ray
release of Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977). More recently, Cine-Excess
staff assisted with the new director’s cut of Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal
Holocaust (1979), in conjunction with UK distributor Shameless Films.

Previous guests of honour to the annual Cine-Excess event have included
John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers, Trading
Places), Roger Corman (The Masque of the Red Death, The Little Shop of
Horrors, The Intruder, The Wild Angels, Bloody Mama), Stuart Gordon
(Re-Animator, King of the Ants, Stuck), Brian Yuzna (Society, Beyond
Re-Animator, The Dentist), Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria, Inferno)
Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, The Hole), Franco Nero (Django, Keoma,
Die Hard II), Vanessa Redgrave (Blow Up, The Devils, Julia), Ruggero
Deodato (Last Cannibal World, Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of
the Park) Enzo G. Castellari (Keoma, The Inglorious Bast***s) and Sergio
Martino (Torso, All the Colours of the Dark).

With the recent relocation of Cine-Excess to the University of Brighton,
a number of new developments connected to the event have been announced.
These include the 2013 launch of the peer-reviewed Cine-Excess
E-Journal, which will publish a selection of papers from the event on a
twice yearly basis, while a new Cine-Excess feature film arm is also in
development in conjunction with a range of international partners.

For this year’s event Cine-Excess is proud to be working with the
University of Birmingham’s newly formed B-Film: The Birmingham Centre
for Film Studies as part of the Cine-Excess VII event.

Cine-Excess VII considers Europe’s long and controversial relationship
with the erotic image, considering the extent to which cult European
traditions of desire reveal fascinating issues of nation and regional

From mainstream cinema’s first nude scene in Ekstase (1933) and the
extreme arthouse imagery of Romance (1999) via the exploitation films of
Joe D’Amato and Jess Franco, Europe has always been at the cutting edge
of cinematic depictions of the erotic, pushing the boundaries of what it
is legitimate to represent on screen. Employing varied genres and
filmmaking modes – from the pseudo-educational sex films of Scandinavia
and Germany to the surrealist exploits of Walerian Borowczyk or the arty
bourgeois respectability of Emmanuelle (1974) – European cinema has
shifted the paradigms through which the (eroticised) body can be
represented and consumed, blurring and problematizing the boundaries
between ‘art’ and ‘exploitation’. Often these celluloid sexual
experimentations also traverse accepted boundaries of desire and
disgust, with unsettling and controversial results. In so doing, these
films prompt a profound re-mapping of the body, as well as of the
concepts of art, commerce and even the very notion of ‘European’.

This conference will explore the history of European erotic cinema from
a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, while also
considering a range of national traditions of carnality across a wide
range of visual media that include film, television, literature, comics
and digital media.

Several well-known filmmakers of European erotic cinema will also be in
attendance to discuss their work and interact with academic speakers.
Proposals are now invited for papers on any aspect of European cinema.
However, we would particularly welcome contributions focusing on:
* The National and the Naughty: eroticism and European identity;
* Carnal and Cruel: Euro erotica and the horrific
* New Territories, Old Taboos: Extreme desires in the new Europe;
* Erotic Auteurs: Case-studies of the carnal cineaste;
* Sin, Surgery and Sutures: The medicalization of European erotica;
* Trans-generic desires: eroticism as celluloid hybrid;
* Art or Arousal:  Problematic distinctions between pornography and
the European erotic;
* Deviant Distinctions: The erotic in ‘art’ and ‘exploitation’ cinema;
* Carnal Cravings: Questions of consumption and reception;
* Against God and State: Censorship and the erotic image;
* >From Desire to Disgust: Conflicted carnalities, confused cycles;
* The Politics of the Erotic: Historical case-studies of arousal;
* Basic Instincts: the cinema of Paul Verhoeven, Catherine Breillat
and Just Jaeckin;
* 50 States of Grey: European traditions of titillation abroad;
* The Devil Within Her: Erotic Desires and the female body;
* >From Page to Porn: Adaptations of the literary erotic;
* Institutions of Excess: Case-studies of European distribution;
* Queer Europe: From the experimental frame to the exploitation image;
* Small Screen Thrills: TV and erotic traditions;
* Iconic Excess: Case-studies of erotic performance;
* Brown Skins, White Marks: The transnational/transitional erotic
body in film;
* Sex and the Unsafe Space: Domestic fears and the erotics of home

We welcome individual paper submissions, panels and roundtable proposals
related to a range of European regions and traditions. Please send a
300-word abstract and a short (one page) C.V. by the 17th September 2013 to:

Alex Marlow-Mann ( or Xavier Mendik

A selection of conference papers from the event are scheduled to be
published in the Cine-Excess E-Journal and as a separate anthology.

For further information and regular updates on the event (including
information on guests, keynotes and screenings) please visit

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: