This conference takes as its starting point the need to explore how sex which involves forms of commercial exchange can be understood within broader cultural and social contexts. More specifically, it invites an examination of prostitution, its shifting meanings and governance, by focussing on the contested intersection of activities designated sex, the intimate sphere, and activities designated labour.
Tenacious social and cultural norms have been, and continue to be in place to maintain a net separation between the spheres of sex and intimacy on the one hand and labour, money or market on the other. In this field of enduring tensions, laws and policies are increasingly used to control, discipline and punish prostitution as a troubling encounter between sex, intimacy and commerce. Whilst the application of the law itself is not new, what appears to be shifting is the body of values, norms and beliefs that inform the regulation of prostitution. Exclusionary access to labour mobility and citizenship, economic and social inequalities, however, continue to account for the vulnerable and exploitative conditions in which many operate in the commercial sex sector. In light of these complex and globally diversified landscapes, a key question underpinning the conference is: How can we trouble the ways in which prostitution is conceptualised, approached and regulated by exploring the contested intersections of sex, intimacy and labour?
Conference organisers invite proposals for papers that address these questions and the broad theme of the conference. We particularly welcome papers which are interdisciplinary and comparative in method and approach.
Please submit individual paper proposals of 200-300 words, including 3-5 keywords, along with a short biography of 100 words. Proposals for panels of three or four related papers should include a 200-300-word description as well as individual paper proposals (200-300 words each, including 3-5 keywords). Please also provide a short 100-word biography for each presenter. Email submissions to: conference[at]prospol.eu by 1st October 2014. Acceptance decisions will be communicated by the end of October 2014.
Registration to the conference will cost approximately 40 Euro per delegate, including lunches and coffee/tea breaks.
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