Deadline: March 1, 2019
Cardiff University, UK, 19 September 2019
In light of the rising rhetoric of ‘traditional values’ in parts of Western and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, this one-day event calls for an examination of what this conservative turn and the rise of illiberal political regimes imply for the voices of
The symposium asks how analyses of historical legacies, cultural trends and geographical location might help us to understand and re/
We welcome submissions addressing the following areas:
- Sexualities, geo-temporality
- sexualities and locality; sexual/intimate citizenship and geo-
- temporality; sexuality and geopolitics; ‘delayed’ (Borenstein,
- 2008) sexual revolutions in
post-Sovietregion; sexualities and
- class; sexualities and race; sexualities, mobilities
- sexualities, cultures and shifting moral regimes; regional
- appropriations of mainstream transnational sexualities
- (e.g. ‘global gay’).
- Sexualities and the body: hetero- and
- homonormativity; positionality, queerness
- trans-sexuality, transgender; a/sexual and other practices;
- sexuality, body politics and citizenship; LGBT and the missing T (transgender); LGBTQ or Q? How is queerness appropriated
- and domesticated in post-communist Europe?
- Sexualities, popular culture
- heterosexism, mediated homophobia,
- sensationalism; convergent media and multifaceted
- representations; social media and violence (trolling, etc.);
- performativity; visual representations of the body, over/
sexualisedmasculinities and femininities; excessive aesthetics
- and sexualities, camp, Estrada; comedy and sexualities, etc.
- Sexualities, media
- generational differences and convergent media; learning
- about sexualities (schools, other educational institutions,
- social media); representations of sexualities and different
- age groups.
- Mediated sexualities and in/exclusion: absences,
- omissions and/or visibility of sexual minorities. Reconsidering
- visibility in social media and popular culture: Does mediation
- of sexual minorities amplify diversity, foster inclusion or have
an adverseeffects and lead to compartmentalisationand
- intensifies exclusion?
Commodificationof mediated queerness.
- Sexuality and law: the law, bodies
- Russian ‘Gay propaganda law’ of 2013 and variations; human
- rights in Russia and Europe; violence towards LGBTQ+
- persons and communities.
- Ethics & methodologies: frameworks and
- epistemologies; Western-centrism;
- activism and academia; emotional and methodological
- challenges of researching alternative sexualities
We welcome submissions from early career scholars, established academics, as well as activists and practitioners.
Abstracts should be submitted by Friday, 1st of March 2019.
Other forms of participation (posters, creative projects, film
screenings, etc.) should be discussed in advance with the
Organising Team. You will be notified of the panel’s decision
by Monday, 15th April 2019. When sending your abstract,
please indicate whether you would like your paper to be
considered for publication in an edited volume (Routledge).
Please submit a short bio, a 300-words abstract and up to
7 keywords to: quietrev…@gmail.com
the subsidised conference fee will cover coffee breaks,
lunch, evening reception and a welcome pack. Standard
fee is £50. Post-grad students/independent researchers’
fee is £25.
A number of bursaries for PhD students, independent
researchers and recipients from lower income regions
are available. To apply for a fee-waiver/bursary, please
indicate it in your submission and provide details.
We are happy to provide visa invitation letters and other
supporting documentation to enable participation.
Galina Miazhevich, Cardiff University (PI) & Maria Brock, Cardiff University
This symposium is informed and supported by an AHRC
funded project ‘A Quiet Revolution? Discursive
representation of non-heteronormative sexuality in Russia’
If travelling from outside the UK via London, Cardiff is an
easy 2-hour train journey from Paddington station. The
conference participants can benefit from a discounted
rate at Jury’s Inn hotel, Cardiff (booking code will be
provided by the organisers). Other accommodation
options and recommendations to be made available.
 The phrase “alternative sexuality” is purposefully
broad, and inclusive of non-conforming gender
identifications and sexual orientations and an
intersectionality of gender and sexual expressions.