Overcoming Hegemonies and Hierarchies: Towards a more Horizontal and Transnational Geographies of Sexualities
Call for Abstracts and Sessions (CfA and CfS)
Many authors now recognize existing Anglophone and Eurocentric epistemological hegemonies (Blažek & Rochovská, 2006; Brown & Browne, 2016, Kulpa & Silva, 2016) as well as racial, class and gender privilege in the production of knowledge (Taylor 2013; Johnston 2018). However, we have been less concrete in identifying actual barriers and stayed largely silent about the actual ways, tools and/or courageous visions by which it would be possible to overcome and/or deconstruct these barriers (Kulpa & Silva, 2016; Timár & G.Fekete, 2010; Tlostanova, 2014). Silencing subjects, ridiculing themes and studies, restricting access to resources, and perpetuating language fetishism are only a few examples of how these hierarchies are played out. Despite the acknowledgments, the hegemony of this knowledge production continues to have a substantial impact on the shape of (not only European) discourses and power relations within feminist, gender, sexuality and queer studies.
If we narrow the broad field of geographies of sexualities to the Anglo-American academia, then we can say that it is established and represents a rich field of inquiry (Bell and Valentine 1995; Browne, Lim, and Brown 2007; Johnston and Longhurst 2008). We have also seen significant advancements of the sub-field in different contexts beyond Anglo-American academia (Sibalis 2004; BASSDA 2006; Ferreira and Salvador 2014; Silva and Vieira 2014). However, it is safe to say that the sexuality scholarship as such remains largely “Western-oriented”, both methodologically and discursively.
Until today, only limited attention has been given to geographies of sexualities in “other”, or rather “othered” contexts and regions such as Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and many more (Kulpa and Mizielinska 2011; Stella 2013; Navickaitė 2014; Szulc 2018). We need to ask ourselves why we are not interested in these contexts that may lay outside of (y)our “interest-zones”, “comfort-zones”, “language-proficiency-zones”, etc. Why do we not seek geographies of sexualities from different vantage points, empowering fellow scholars “elsewhere”? Disempowerment may be based upon various power-relations involving “old” discussions within academia regarding qualitative/quantitative, objective/subjective, essentialist/constructionist that perhaps aim to police disciplinary boundaries, hierarchize the proper from improper ways of doing geography (Browne & Nash 2018). When some scholars feel urged to seek and “police” what they believe to be proper and/or “true” subject matter of geography. Consequently, questions and discussions regarding disciplinarity of geography, in/appropriateness or out-of-placeness of geographies of sexualities as well as feminist and/or gender geographies should receive more attention. Those who did succeed with their “fight for recognition” are encouraged to share their stories and those who still do need to be empowered by others, regardless the various national or academic boundaries. Learning from each other and seeking new ways in which we can help each other may give birth to new types of collaborations and new types of solidarities. The “old” discussions are not the only obstacles that need to be resisted, we have also experienced the dawn of “new” barriers and “new” strategies by which feminist, queer or sexuality studies are resisted or even threatened. We can see this trend both from within and outside academia, from various academic hoax cases to the recent ban of gender studies, in Hungary, which all pose new challenges that lie in front of all of us.
This conference invites scholars from various and diverse parts of the world to participate including those that have so far felt excluded, disempowered, evened-out or simply ignored – let us come together and find strength and support in mutual learning and exchange!
Abstracts of papers and sessions on, but not restricted to, the following topics are invited for consideration:
- “disciplinarity of geography”, “in/appropriateness” or “out-of-placeness” of geographies of sexualities as well as feminist and/or gender geographies;
- interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, or post-disciplinarity of geographies, center-periphery discursive dynamics, methodological nationalism;
- “othered” regions, vantage points, decolonizing “Western” geographies of sexualities and feminist geographies;
- re-historicizing, re-contextualizing post- and pre-socialist, post- and pre-communist, post- and pre-secular; post/de-colonial;
- language barriers, locating sexualities scholarship “beyond translation”, approaching concepts lost in translation;
- empowering disempowered individuals and groups;
- job insecurity, precarization of scholars, academic transnational mobility;
- intersections between academia and/or activism;
- reactions to heteroactivism, anti-feminism, right-wing populism, extremism;
- new types of collaborations and new types of solidarities;
- queer theories, queer epistemologies;
- intersections of gender and sexualities;
- heteronormativity, heterosexism, homophobia and stigma;
- sexual citizenship, the geopolitics of sexualities, homonationalism(s), LGBT rights and obligations, privileges and traditions;
- queer migrations, queering beyond urban/rural, center/periphery divides;
- queer knowledge beyond the Anglo-American world;
- rainbow family, traditional family, procreation, queer demographics;
- sex work and sex tourism pornographies and sexual imaginations;
- regional traditions of naturism;
- intersections between sexualities, (public) health, illness, and policies;
- sexualities and disabilities;
- queering epidemiology, syndemics of HIV
To organize a session (CfS): Please see our call for sessions submission guidelines here and send your session proposals before March 1st, 2019.
General call (CfA): Please see our submission guidelines here and send your submission to the organizing committee before April 15th, 2019.
For more information regarding session/paper submission and more info about the conference (including organizers, registration, conference venue and other), please visit our conference websites: 2019.egsconference.com
List of references:
BASSDA. 2006. “A Kind of Queer Geography/Räume Durchqueeren: The Doreen Massey Reading Weekends.” Gender, Place & Culture 13 (2): 173–86. doi:10.1080/09663690600573841.
Bell, David, and Gill Valentine. 1995. Mapping Desire: Geographies of Sexualities. London: Routledge.
Blažek, Matej, and Alena Rochovská. 2006. Feministické Geografie. Bratislava: Geografika.
Brown, Gavin, and Kath Browne, eds. 2016. The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities. Routledge.
Browne, Kath, Jason Lim, and Gavin Brown, eds. 2007. Geographies of Sexualities Theory, Practices and Politics. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Browne, Kath, Catherine Nash. 2018. Heteroactivism: Why examining ‘gender ideology’ isn’t enough. Engenderings. Online http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/gender/2018/09/13/heteroactivism-why-examining-gender-ideology-isnt-enough/
Ferreira, Eduarda, and Regina Salvador. 2014. “Lesbian Collaborative Web Mapping: Disrupting Heteronormativity in Portugal.” Gender, Place & Culture, 1–17. doi:10.1080/0966369X.2014.917276.
Kulpa, Robert, and Joseli Maria Silva. 2016. “Decolonizing Queer Epistemologies: Section Introduction.” In The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities, edited by Gavin Brown and Kath Browne.
Kulpa, Robert, and Joanna Mizieliñska, eds. 2011. De-Centring Western Sexualities Central and Eastern European Perspectives. Burlington: Ashgate.
Johnston, Lynda. 2018. “Intersectional Feminist and Queer Geographies: A View from ‘down-Under.’” Gender, Place & Culture 25 (4). Routledge: 554–64. doi:10.1080/0966369X.2018.1460329.
Johnston, Lynda, and Robyn Longhurst. 2008. “Queer(Ing) Geographies ‘Down Under’: Some Notes on Sexuality and Space in Australasia.” Australian Geographer 39 (3): 247–57. doi:10.1080/00049180802270457.
Navickaitė, Rasa. 2014. “Postcolonial Queer Critique in Post-Communist Europe – Stuck in the Western Progress Narrative?” Tijdschrift Voor Genderstudies 17 (2): 165–85. doi:10.5117/TVGEND2014.2.NAVI.
Silva, Joseli Maria, and Paulo Jorge Vieira. 2014. “Geographies of Sexualities in Brazil: Between National Invisibility and Subordinate Inclusion in Postcolonial Networks of Knowledge Production.” Geography Compass 8 (10): 767–77. doi:10.1111/gec3.12165.
Stella, Francesca. 2013. “Queer Space, Pride, and Shame in Moscow.” Slavic Review 72 (03): 458–80. doi:10.5612/slavicreview.72.3.0458.
Szulc, L. (2018). Transnational Homosexuals in Communist Poland. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-58901-5.
Taylor, Yvette. 2013. “Queer Encounters of Sexuality and Class: Navigating Emotional Landscapes of Academia.” Emotion, Space and Society 8 (1). Elsevier Ltd: 51–58. doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2012.08.001.
Timár, Judit, and Éva G.Fekete. 2010. “Fighting for Recognition: Feminist Geography in East-Central Europe.” Gender, Place & Culture 17 (6): 775–90. doi:10.1080/0966369X.2010.517027.
Tlostanova, Madina. 2014. “Why the Post-Socialist Cannot Speak: On Caucasian Blacks, Imperial Difference and Decolonial Horizons.” In Postcoloniality-Decoloniality-Black Critique. Joints and Fissures, edited by Sabine Broeck and Carsten Junker, 159–73. Campus Verlag.