Law and Sexuality

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CFP: PECANS Workshop: Sexual rigths, social justice: what’s law got to do with it?, Brighton

PECANS (Postgraduate and Early Career Academics Network of Scholars) is a network of research students and early career academics working in the fields of Law, Gender and Sexuality, broadly conceived!

PECANS has in recent years hosted a number of reading groups and a yearly workshop aimed at broadening participation, strengthening research networks, and nurturing interdisciplinarity in the broad arena of law, gender and sexuality.

brighton_2472753b This year, our workshop will be centred on the theme of:

Sexual Rights, Social Justice: What’s Law Got To Do With It?

Date: Wednesday 4th March 2015

University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

The arena of human rights has, over the last 30 years, been enriched by scholarship from the interdisciplinary field of gender, sexuality and law concerning questions of legal personhood, power/knowledge, and resistance. In turn, the field of human rights has been brought to bear in activisms aimed at securing and furthering sexual rights, the sexual and reproductive rights of women and the recognition of non-normative sexual identities and practices (including remunerable practices).

In recent years, however, the place of law in the maintenance of sexual rights has been called into question by anti-humanist and anti-social queer theory and relational feminisms, who argue that the law, at the same time as produces new exclusions, and that the focus on legal reform as the panacea for sexual politics omits questions of sexual ethics. At the same time, social movements literature has pushed to think litigation as a political opportunity, disregarding the contrasting temporal frames of legal action with the radical expectations of sexual rights.

For PECANS’ 2015 workshop, we wish to continue this conversation, and seek papers, performances and interventions on themes inclusive of, but not restricted to, the following:

  • The relationship between law, sexual ethics and sexual politics
  • The ‘othering’ and silencing of sex in sexual rights discourse
  • Academic/activist dialogues in sexual justice projects
  • The place of law in sexual justice activisms
  • The relationship between economic and cultural rights and sexual rights
  • Transnational solidarity and local empowerment
  • Questions of difference/sameness and sexual rights
  • Queering the law
  • If not law, what? Alternative politics in sexuality

Abstracts to be submitted to by Monday 9th of February.

Registration is free but places are limited, please confirm your participation at



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