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Call for papers: Medicalization of Sex conference, Vancouver 29-30 April 2011

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University invites you to a conference on The Medicalization of Sex in Vancouver, BC, April 29th-30th, 2011.


The Medicalization of Sex is a complex and fascinating phenomenon with historical roots in 19th Century sexology. As a contemporary phenomenon, it occurs at the intersection of technology, culture, gender, medicine, sexuality, global capitalism, and rapid social change.

Conference highlights include keynote speakers Leonore Tiefer (NYU Medical School), author of Sex is Not a Natural Act, and Jennifer Terry (University of California, Irvine), author of An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society; special guests Virginia Braun (University of Aukland); Carol Groneman (CUNY); Rebecca Jordan-Young (Barnard); Barbara Marshall (Trent University); Elizabeth Reis (University of Oregon) and Judy Segal (UBC); a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Orgasm Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Sexual Pleasure with an introduction by director Liz Canner; and ‘Antidote,’ a reception featuring local art celebrating genital diversity.  This conference is made possible by the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowment and the sponsorship of the New View Campaign, (a feminist educational project, Ruth Wynn Woodward was a BC pioneer dedicated to the advancement of gender equality.

We seek international, interdisciplinary contributions from a diversity of junior and senior scholars in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, health professions, as well feminist health activists and artists working in this area. Possible topics are the medicalization of sex as it relates to:

Sexual ‘normalcy’ & deviancy
Sexual ‘function’ & dysfunction
Sexual ‘hygiene’ & pollution

The Sexuopharmaceutical Industry
Sexology & Sexual Medicine

Queer Sexualities

Strategies for education, resistance, and activism related to age, ethnocultural and cultural, bodily, and sexual diversity

Proposals must include the paper title, abstract (max 250 words), and a biography of the author(s) (max 250 word per person). To be considered for early acceptance and reduced registration, please send all proposals via email to Thea Cacchioni, Junior Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, Simon Fraser University at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Friday, October 1st, 2010. A later set of proposal may be solicited in November. For conference updates please visit


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