Wednesday, January 16, 2013

2013 Call for Papers about Asexuality: National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)

2013 Call for Papers about Asexuality National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) November 7-10, 2013, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

 The NWSA Asexuality Interest Group welcomes papers for the 2013 NWSA annual conference. These asexuality-related themes are orientated towards the full NWSA 2013 CFP which can be found here: If you are interested in being a part of the 2013 Asexuality Studies panels at NWSA, please send the following info to the designated panel organizer (listed under each theme) by Monday, February 11, 2013:
*Name, Institutional Affiliation, Mailing Address, Email, Phone
*NWSA Theme your paper fits under *Title for your talk
*50-100 word abstract We will try to accommodate as many qualified papers as possible, but panels are limited to 3-4 presenters. NWSA will make the final decision about which panels are accepted. Presenters accepted into the conference program must become members of NWSA in addition to registering for the conference.

Theme 1: The Sacred and the Profane
 • What is secular? Spiritual? Religious? Sacred? How do these terms work as we begin to open a dialogue between asexual communities and celibate communities? What are the challenges asexual people face from religious communities; what are the challenges celibate people face from asexual communities? Where do we understand the place or non-place of the sacred, religious, or secular in these conversations?
 • How do the sacred and religious inform identity in a global context? What paradigms deemed central to asexuality or celibacy shift when these terms are incorporated? How does the common assertion of celibacy as choice and asexuality as inherent become troubled when we move the terms to a global context, or between religious and spiritual connotations?
 • Is feminist critique inherently secular? Can feminist frameworks provide key insights into religious beliefs, affects, and practices that go beyond secular versions of insight and knowledge? Can feminist frameworks enhance how we understand celibacy and asexuality both within and without religious beliefs and practices? • Is there more overlap or disconnect between celibacy and asexuality when understood from perspectives of indigenous studies, queer studies, and/or trans studies? And how does this tension between the terms challenge the meaning of sex, desire, sexuality, the sacred and profane?

 Please submit materials to theme organizer Karli June Cerankowski at

Theme 2: Borders and Margins
• How are the borders and the margins of asexuality studies being constructed over time?
 • In what ways does asexuality studies “traffic” in the objects, knowledges, preoccupations, desires, and/or body of disciplines of study, identities or movements?
 • How has the field of asexuality studies been shaped by or enhanced by utilizing women's and gender studies methodological approaches or pedagogical perspectives? How does this relationship and its converse exist or manifest (or not) in the visibility of asexual interests?
 • How have shifting geographies of technology, labor, economy, and migration impacted study of asexuality? How might these new forms of “encounters” be studied and enacted through asexual movements in the future?
 • How do the actual geographies of women’s and gender studies locations—in institutions of higher education, in surrounding neighborhoods, communities, cities, towns, and other spaces—renegotiate the borders and margins of the discipline?

 Please submit materials to theme organizer Aasha Foster at

Theme 3: Futures of the Feminist Past
• What are the visible and invisible feminist and queer histories of asexuality?
• What are asexuality’s archives and how do they bear on the present asexuality movement and community?
• Given the difficulty of tracing asexuality historically, what strategies of historiography can we undertake to render asexual histories? How might feminist and queer historiography help us in telling asexual stories?
 • How might the definitional parameters of asexuality be questioned, complicated, and rethought when searching for asexuality historically? What possible overlaps might there be between asexuality, celibacy, frigidity, and singlehood?
 • How could we account for moments of anti-feminist asexuality and what are the points of encounter between feminist and non-feminist modes and moments of asexuality?
• In what ways does asexuality complicate our relations to the past, to history, and to temporality?
• What new categories, methods, and strategies might an asexual history call for?
• Who and what are the subjects of asexual histories and feminist & queer asexual histories? How might various affects, including loss, mourning, desire, and hope be mobilized by these histories?
• Finally, what is at stake in telling asexual stories and seeking asexual histories? How does the past bear on asexualities’ presents and futures?

 Please submit materials to theme organizer Ela Pryzbylo at

Theme 4: Body Politics 
• What role does the body play in communal articulations of asexual identity? How do members of asexual communities understand the relationship between embodiment and asexual identity?
• Given that asexual identities have primarily been articulated in online spaces, to what extent are communal articulations of asexual identity detached from the body? At the same time, how have bodies remained relevant and/or present in online asexual communities?
• What is the relationship between asexuality and medical/psychiatric categories like hypoactive sexual desire disorder?
• What is the relationship between asexuality and disability rights politics and/or disability studies?
• Does asexuality facilitate particular types of bodily practices, such as types of bodily comportment or bodily presentation? Does asexuality facilitate particular ways of relating to the bodies of others?
• What does theorizing about asexuality have to offer theories of embodiment in general?

Please submit materials to theme organizer Kristina Gupta at

Theme 5: Practices of Effecting Change
 • What does it mean to create visibility about asexuality? What are the strengths and limitations of identity politics surrounding asexuality?
 • How do we teach about asexual identities, communities, and movements in women’s and gender studies classrooms?
 • How do social movements--such as antiracist, feminist, and LGBT movements--relate to asexual movements? How do asexual activists and scholars take inspiration from and work with other social movements?
 • What do asexual communities have to learn from radical queer and trans communities? From polyamorous communities?
 • What are the interpersonal, contextual, institutional, and ideological factors that constrain and/ or nurture the legibility of asexuality as an identity and social movement?
 • How might we harness new technologies and media in our efforts to create visibility and awareness about asexuality?

 Please submit materials to theme organizer Regina M. Wright at

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