Session at the II European Geographies of Sexualities Conference, Convened by: Kath Browne (University of Brighton) and Eduarda Ferreira (e-GEO, FCSH, UNL) (Web)
Time: September 5th-7th 2013
Deadline: 18th April 2013, CfP as PDF
It has long been recognised that the spatialisation of sexual lives is always gendered. The earliest form that this recognition took was exploring the differences of lesbian geographies from gay male foci. Steps taken more than ten years ago to make lesbian geographies and geographers more visible has contributed to the development of research that works at the interfaces of gender and sexualities. This has also sought to contest male hegemonies including in academic positions of power and how knowledge is valued and produced.
Gender issues in geographies of sexuality are often ignored or overlooked and this means that lesbian geographies are invisiblised in social and cultural geography. This is despite of the fact that lesbians are supposed to be increasingly included and accepted. Therefore, we end up in a similar situation to the broader exploration of women, whereby supposed inclusion actually silences and renders obsolete gendered differences that continue to matter.
Sexism and male dominance are a pervasive reality and lesbian issues are rarely afforded the same prominence as gay issues. Thus, lesbian geographies continue to be a salient axis of difference, challenging the conflation of lesbians and gay men, as well as the trope that homonormativity affects lesbians and gay men in the same ways.
This session seeks papers that explore lesbian geographies in diverse geographical, social and cultural contexts. These papers can take a wide range of methodological, theoretical and empirical focuses. They can also take a broad interpretation and conceptualisation of ‚lesbian‘. They may even argue against the use of this sign and in this way address lesbian geographies.
Abstracts should be submitted to Kath Browne (K.firstname.lastname@example.org) and Eduarda Ferreira (email@example.com) by the 18th April 2013.
For more details about the conference, please visit the website: http://egsc2013.pt.to/