February 28th, 2014, Compulsory Sexualities (Huddersfield)

Compulsory Sexualities, February 28th, 2014, 2.00-6.00pm: Centre for Research in Social Sciences, University of Huddersfield

This seminar provides space for us to explore different forms of erotic imperative and their effects. It links debates about the commodification of sexuality with analysis of the ways in which compulsory sexualities are embraced, celebrated, avoided, and resisted. Why is active, partnered sexual expression so valorised in Anglophone societies? In what ways are we, as subjects, influenced by dominant discourses about ‘healthy’ sexualities? How do these discourses impact on different social groups, in terms of gender, ethnicity, ability, age, and sexual identities, as well as other social characteristics?  What alternative sexed identities (for example asexuality) are emerging in marginal social spaces, and where are marginal social spaces imbued with non-normative compulsory sexualities?


Arrivals and coffee (13.30-14.00)

Session one (14.00-15.45): Theorising compulsory sexualities

Eleanor Wilkinson (University of Leeds):  Compulsory coupledom

Jo Woodiwiss  (University of Huddersfield): Compulsory sexuality and therapeutic discourse

Matt Dawson (University of Glasgow): Asexuality

Break (15.45-16.15)

Session two (16.15-17.30): Compulsory sexualities in context

Surya Monro (University of Huddersfield): Biphobia and the hypersexualisation of bisexuality

Christina Richards (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Gender Clinic and at West London Mental Health NHS Trust (Charing Cross) Gender Clinic: Trans sexualisation/trans sexualities

Discussion and close (17.30-18.00)