Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Update on asexuality at the NSWA annual conference

In January, I posted a CFP for papers about asexuality for the the National Women's Studies Association's (NWSA) 2012 annual meeting. The deadline for submissions has now passed, tentative approval/rejection was given to proposals, and then the deadline for presenters to accept (and register for the conference) at the end of June. They now have a (tentative) schedule posted online. There are now scheduled two panels about asexuality and an Asexual Interest Group meeting.

Decolonizing (A)sexuality: Contesting Contemporary Western Sexual and Gendered Norms Fri, Nov 9 - 5:20pm - 6:35pm

Asexual Intersections: Asexuality and Gender Ideology
*Kristina Gupta (Emory University)

Masculine Doubt and Sexual Wonder: Asexually-Identified Men Talk
About Their (A)sexualities *Ela (Elzbieta) Przybylo (York University, Toronto)

Surveying Asexuality: Variable and Changing Gender Stereotypes in Asexual Identity Formation *Andrew Hinderliter (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Moderator: Karli Cerankowski (Stanford University) 

Rationale: Scholarship on asexuality addresses the question: what epistemic possibilities do identity and subject formation provide for decolonizing knowledge? Specifically, this panel draws on asexual identity and subject formation as a site of subjugated knowledge to trouble contemporary western conceptions of sexual and gendered norms by: 1) exploring the extent to which asexual identity challenges hegemonic gender ideology; 2) examining the ways in which asexual-identified men challenge taken for granted assumptions about masculinity and sexuality; and 3) considering the role of changing and variable gender ideologies in asexual identity formation through using mixed-methods approaches.

Queering Asexuality Studies: Examining Queer and Trans Practices and Experiences in Virtual and Non-Virtual Asexual Communities Sat, Nov 10 - 10:50am - 12:05pm

Asexual and Gender Non-Conforming Identities in Online Environments
*Regina M Wright (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Trauma and Asexuality: Uncovering a Digital “Archive of Feelings”
*Karli Cerankowski (Stanford University)

Asexuality, Stone Identities and Touch-Me-Not Discourses
*Aasha Foster (New York University) Moderator: Nathan Erro (Louisiana State University)

 Rationale: Much of asexual community building has taken place through online social networks, starting from the website Haven for the Human Amoeba, and then becoming popularized through the forums on the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN). Asexual online communities have now expanded even further into YouTube collaborative channels such as Hot Pieces of Ace and throughout the blogosphere, most predominately on LiveJournal and Tumblr. Each of these papers engages with both virtual and non-virtual asexual communities as they overlap with queer and trans communities, in order to reveal the political possibilities for thinking through gender and sexual identity in the digital age.

Asexuality Interest Group Meeting
Sat, Nov 10 - 12:50pm - 2:05pm