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CfP: Transgressive Bodies. Grenzüberschreitende Körper und Soziale Ordnungen (Event, 06/2022, Bochum); bis: 31.01.2022

Dezember 3rd, 2021

Forschungsgruppe: Transgressive Bodies; Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Web)

Zeit: 07.-09.06.2022
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Einreichfrist: 31.01.2022

Aktuelle gesellschaftliche und weltpolitische Herausforderungen, hervorgegangen aus technischen Innovationen, Globalisierung, Migration und Digitalisierung bringen neue Phänomene der Grenzüberschreitung hervor. Die Erschaffung und Perfektionierung virtueller Realitäten verschiebt z. B. gewohnte Betrachtungsweisen auf das Verhältnis von Mensch und (Um-)Welt zugunsten einer neuen Dimension des Erlebten. Dies stellt die Wissenschaften vor die Herausforderung, die Auswirkungen auf Selbst- und Weltdeutungen, soziale Hierarchisierungen und Verhandlung von Werten neu zu analysieren. Während auf der einen Seite die physischen Grenzen des Menschen durch neue Technologien (wie KI, Robotik, Prothetik) zunehmend überschritten werden, stellt sich auf der der anderen Seite die Frage, ob nationale, ethnische, geschlechtliche und kulturelle Grenzen demgegenüber fest verankert sind – ein Beleg für unterschiedliche Veränderungen von Ordnungen?

Die Tagung entsteht im Anschluss an eine interdisziplinäre Forschungsgruppe, die sich seit 2017 mit Fragen der Grenzziehungen und der Körperlichkeit auseinandersetzt und die enorme wissenschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Produktivität von transgressive bodies in den Blick nehmen will. Das transdisziplinäre Projekt verbindet unterschiedliche Fachrichtungen und schlägt eine Brücke zwischen Naturwissenschaften und Geisteswissenschaften. Beteiligt sind u. a. Geschichtswissenschaften, Medizin, Medienwissenschaft, Amerikanistik, Theologie und Religionswissenschaft.

Mit dieser Tagung verspricht sich das Projekt neue Impulse zu sammeln und sich neuen Diskursen zu stellen. Mögliche Fragen und Themenfelder sind u. a.: Technik und Körper, Virtual Reality, (De-)Konstruktion von Körpergrenzen, Körperliche Normierungen, Wissenschaftskritik, Leibphänomenologie / Körperwissen, Gender und Sexualität, Dis/ability.

Bitte senden Sie ein Abstract Ihres Vorschlags mit maximal 2000 Zeichen (inkl. Leerzeichen) sowie einer Kurzvita bis zum 31.01.2022 an Read the rest of this entry »

International Conference: Gender Politics and War Welfare during World War One and Beyond, 09.-10.12.2021, virtual space [REMINDERIN]

Dezember 3rd, 2021

Institute for History at Graz University and the Elisabeth-List-Fellowship-Programme „War Welfare and Gender Politics in the First World War“ (Web)

Time: 09.-10.12.2021
Venue: virtual space, via Graz
Resistration by 06.12.2021

The conference will explore local and global dimensions of welfare policies and humanitarian aid during and after WWI from a gender historical perspective. Topics include gender discourses that reinforce, re-establish and challenge gender conventions, gendered discourses around violence, pain, trauma, and healing and how these played out in the field of humanitarian and welfare work during the war, and during post-war reconstruction. Groups of interest include those claiming an identity as (non-)combatants and veterans, feminist and socialist anti-war activists, transnational, and international organisations as well as right wing and nationalist groups committed to reinforcing traditional gender norms and gendered citizenship models as part of their nation-building agenda.

The conference will identify and explore emerging questions and directions within First World War Gender Studies as well as reflecting on continuities and change within contemporary theories of how gender is bound up with militarism, warfare, and conflict resolution.


  • Keynotes: Holly Furneaux (Cardiff) and Cynthia Enloe (Worcester, MA)
  • Presentations: Hilary Buxton (Ohio), Alison S. Fell (Liverpool), Susan Grayzel (Utah), Christa Hämmerle (Wien), Jessica Meyer (Leeds), Ingrid Sharp (Leeds), Chantal Sullivan-Thomsett (Leeds), Viktoria Wind (Graz) and Heidrun Zettelbauer (Graz).

Full Program

Format: hybrid: HS 11.01 with Covid pass, proof of vaccinated, recovered or negative test status and online.

Registration and contact: – from November 15 to December 6, 2021. NB: registration is required for attendance whether online or in person.

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CfP: 2022 Annual Conference of the Sexuality Studies Association (05/2022, virtual space); by: 15.01.2021

Dezember 2nd, 2021

Sexuality Studies Association (SSA) (Web)

Time: 20.-22.05.2022
Venue: virtual space
Registration by: 15.01.2022

The SSA welcomes proposals for the 10th annual meeting. The conference will be hosted independently and will feature a blend of synchronous and asynchronous programming that includes paper presentations, a keynote lecture by Ann Cvetkovich, plenaries led by Ricky Varghese and others to be announced, and an Annual General Meeting.

Unlike previous years, in 2022 the organizers are going without a conference theme, dedicating this year’s meeting to reflecting on and celebrating ten years of our association. The Programming Committee encourages submissions from across disciplines and subject areas. The goal is to create a program that shares cutting edge sexuality studies research, demonstrating the diversity of the interdisciplinary field as it has grown over the last decade. This year’s conference, despite being virtual once again, is a milestone and celebration for the association!

The SSA is a scholarly association for scholars, artists, activists, and all community members who have an interest in the teaching and study of sex, sexuality, and gender diversity. The SSA provides opportunities to connect the broader research, artistic, and activist communities, and encourages us to listen deeply, mentor, and support each other in our work.

The organizers invite proposals for presentations in English or French from any disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or transdisciplinary approach. Presentations will be in individual paper formats. Paper proposals in the form of 300-350 word abstracts can be submitted through our online conference site in either English or French. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by the end of February, 2022. Accepted papers can be uploaded in the form of an extended abstract (1200 words, including bibliography) or a pre-recorded talk/video (7 mins) and will be due May 15, 2022.

Applicants are not required to be members of the association at time of submission. If selected for presentation as part of the conference, 2022 membership dues must be paid. To become a member of the SSA you can register through the website (Web).

At this time, the SSA is also inviting nominations for our two annual awards. To be considered for the SSA’s Emerging Scholar Award please review the Read the rest of this entry »

Lecture: Shane Bobrycki: Plague, War, Migration, Climate Change, Sex, and the Demographic Riddle of the Early Middle Ages, 13.12.2021, virtual space

Dezember 2nd, 2021

Ancient & Medieval Studies Colloquium

Time: Mo. 13.12.2021, 5:15pm (Eastern Time, US and Canada)
Venue: virtual space, via Vienna

The medieval historian Marc Bloch wrote that the „fundamental characteristic“ of early medieval Europe (c. 500–1000 CE) was „the great and universal decline in population“ that opened the period. Many economic and social historians have agreed. Between the fifth and the seventh centuries, cities and towns diminished by orders of magnitude; some vanished entirely. Settlement density declined almost everywhere. Only gradually did cities and populations recover, a process that gained speed only after 1000.

Few question that this demographic pattern had profound economic, social, and political consequences for early medieval history. But historians are less sure why it happened in the first place. What caused populations to drop off in the post-Roman West? Why did they remain low for so long? Why did the demographic fate of the West differ from that of its „sibling cultures“ around the Mediterranean, the Byzantine and Islamic worlds? In this talk, Shane Bobrycki reassess the usual suspects for early medieval European demographic history: epidemic disease, endemic warfare, migration, climate change, and the reproductive choices of early medieval families. He will argue that in each case we need to spend more time thinking about the mechanics of causation.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CfP: From Italy, To Italy: Transnational Communication and Intimate Worlds, 19th-21st Centuries (Workshop Series, 2022/23, virtual space and Montpellier); by: 20.12.2021 (REMINDERIN)

Dezember 2nd, 2021

Workshop Series: Italies on the Move – Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3; Sonia Cancian and Isabelle Felici

Venue: virtual space and Montpellier
Time: 2022-2023
Proposals by: 20.12.2021

Since time immemorial, communication between individuals and groups has been a vital element in the migration process. This communication has occurred at every stage of the process, from the preparation for a departure or return, in the delivery of news and information, and throughout periods of absence and waiting. This research initiative aims to focus on transnational communication revolving around Italy as both a sending and receiving country and as a country of transit, from the end of the 19th century to today. The project explores all forms of communication (letters, life writings, memoir, diary, audio and video cassettes, and ICTs) produced throughout migration, a term used broadly to signal all forms of displacements, both temporary or permanent.

The objective is to examine the intimate universes identified or represented in different communication forms tied to a migration process. What are the emotions and tensions that migrants feel at each stage of migration? Are such emotions and tensions influenced or determined by gender, class, religion, race, and other dynamics, whether they are claimed, experienced or assigned by societies? What part of these emotions and tensions are attributed to migration as opposed to other experiences of life? What are the effects of transnational experiences on family ties? In what ways does the experience of migration change a migrant’s relationship with public and private spaces? How are social and political relations with societies privately represented and intimately experienced by migrants? Are there specific dynamics in relation to Italy? How is the heritage of migration represented across generations? Are there parallel and imaginary life courses identified in the exchanges exploring alternative questions like, „what if migration had not been initiated?“

Among the project’s activities are the following workshops, which will provide a space for discussion and reflection. The following themes are based on the different stages involved in migration processes:

  1. Workshop: The decision to leave
  2. Workshop: Travelling, waiting, absence Read the rest of this entry »

CfP: Queer Pedagogies (Event, 05/2022, Florence); by: 10.01.2021

Dezember 1st, 2021

Queer and Feminist Studies Interdisciplinary Working Group (Web)

Time: 30.-31.05.2021
Venue: Firenze/Florenz/Florence
Proposals by: 10.01.2021

Promoting the acceptance of sexual and gender diversity in education is increasingly under attack across Europe and beyond. Queer-feminist activists, the proponents of gender studies as well as queer-friendly youth and educational organisations face fierce opposition from right-wing extremists, religious fundamentalists and other groups with conservative agendas. Given these challenging circumstances, the organizers want to create a space where practitioners, academics and activists gather to discuss, without too much clamour, various themes related to queer pedagogies.

By this the organizers mean in the broadest sense the queer transfer of knowledge and the transfer of queer knowledge, whether it occurs in formal educational settings, in subcultural spaces, in online environments or within families, chosen or otherwise. Questions that papers may engage with … read more (PDF).

Keynotes and invited speakers:

  • Michela Balocchi (Dep. of Culture, Politics and Society & Co-founder of Intersexioni, Italy)
  • Dominik Kuc (Ranking of LGBTQ-friendly Schools, Growspace Foundation, Poland)
  • Stephan Mills (Intersex youth group of Intersexioni, Italy)
  • Martin Lücke (History Dep., FU Berlin, Germany)
  • Gracia Trujillo (Sociology Dep., Univ. Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

The Queer and Feminist Studies working group at the European University Institute (EUI)

The working group provides an environment for various discussions on different issues related to queer and feminist theory. The working group organises discussions on papers written by EUI researchers, exchange of thoughts on feminism, gender, and queer movements and invitation of guest speakers. Researchers studying gender and sexuality from historical, political, sociological, legal, and economic perspectives … read more (Web).

CfP: Democratization, Re-Masculinization, or what? Masculinity in the 20th century and beyond (Event, 09/2022, London); by: 17.12.2021 [REMINDERIN]

Dezember 1st, 2021

Martina Kessel, University of Bielefeld

Time: 22.-24.09.2022
Venue: German Historical Institute London
Proposals by: 17.12.2021

The establishment of modern societies since the 18th century was based upon and intensified gendered and racialized hierarchies. The modern Western self was imagined as male, White, Christian, and heteronormative, and such assumptions impacted the structures of the modern world, in differing types of democracy as well as in authoritarian regimes, imperial systems and neo-colonial global structures after formal decolonization. At the same time, gender research on all world regions has shown that there was never one notion of masculinity (or femininity) but conflicting and competing (dominant) versions, intersecting with racializing projections, religion, class, caste, ethnicity, generation, or other categories used to define identity and belonging in specific contexts.

The long-cherished assumption that the time since the late 19th century, or at least the second half of the 20th century, saw a linear development toward greater gender equality has equally been challenged. Colonialism not only produced gendered notions of identity both in colonised and colonising societies, but a possibly democratic self-representation of imperialists at home could go hand in hand with intensified racializing and gendering practices in both the so-called metropole and the imperial context. In a formally decolonised world, gendered and racialized projections continued to define relations between the global North and global South, but also shaped the formerly colonising societies themselves.

Democracies since the 18th and 19th centuries implemented heteronormativity in what Margot Canaday called “the straight state”. Discussing the aporetic understanding of democracy in Germany in the 20th century, Kirsten Heinsohn suggests a corresponding periodization: While the period from the 1900s to the early 1920s was characterised by moves toward democratization, already the mid-1920s Weimar Republic experienced an intense re-masculinization of politics that lasted in West Germany into the 1980s, spanning not only National Socialism but also the 1970s, a decade that has long been hailed as a turning point towards democratization. While ideologies in the 20th century competed in gendered terms, attacks on democracies and demands for a new world order since the 1990s work(ed) with masculinist projections to give status to … read more and source (Web).