30 & 31 March 2021
Workshop: Sexuality in the Context of Poverty and Social Inequality in the Global North
Sexuality in the Context of Poverty and Social Inequality in the Global North
An interdisciplinary online workshop @ Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg
Dates: 30 & 31 March 2021, 2pm-6pm (Central European Time)
Submission deadline: 15 November 2020
Call for Papers
Sexuality is an important part of human life and is shaped by social conditions. Capitalism produces poverty and social inequality and also shapes the social norms and practices of sexuality. Poverty and social exclusion have manifold effects on sexuality, sexual self-determination and sexual health. Socio-economic conditions interact with other forms of social order and inequality based on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or residence status. People living in poverty suffer from specific forms of disadvantage that affect their opportunities for sexual health and fulfilling sexuality. Homeless people lack access to privacy. Some people in poverty engage in transactional sex and sex work to escape prevailing deprivation. Protection against sexual violence and abuse for people in disadvantaged positions is weakened and gendered violence is common for women living in poverty. Sexual orientation, in turn, can be a factor for a lower socio-economic position and can lead to social exclusion on the basis of discrimination. Poverty and social inequality also interact with social norms and images of sex, sexiness or beauty. Of particular interest are also contributions, which explore the entanglement of the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic with issues of sexuality and poverty and inequality.
The aim of this workshop is to address sexuality in the context of poverty and social inequality in the Global North. The concept of sexuality is to be understood broadly. The workshop aims to describe, survey, and analyze how poverty and social inequality affect sexuality in the Global North and to explore perspectives for politics and social work to overcome this entanglement of disadvantages. Ethical and normative questions are also important, which ask what sexual rights people in poverty are entitled to and to what extent the disadvantages they experience are unjust.
Possible topics, among others, for this workshop are:
If you are interested to present your paper at this workshop, please send an abstract of about 500 words to Gottfried Schweiger, Gottfried.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop will be held online only using WebEx. This will be a paper-based workshop and participants are asked to send their draft papers one week before the workshop. Draft papers should be between 4 and 6 thousand words, including references. Talks should not be longer than 20 minutes followed by 25 minutes q&a. It is planned to publish the papers of this workshop in a peer-reviewed volume.