[csaa-forum] AAG 2014 CFP: Challenging Hetero/Homonormativities in Homespaces

Nick Skilton nick.skilton at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 1 14:40:57 CST 2013

Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual meeting 2014, Tampa, FL, April 8-12

Session: Challenging Hetero/Homonormativities in Homespaces
Convened By: Nick Skilton - Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (UOW)Andrew Gorman-Murray - University of Western Sydney
Home has been described as "central to the reproduction of both individuals and the social body" (Goodfellow and Mulla 2008). It is also a space that is considered deeply gendered and sexualised. The ways in which individuals and societies imprint 'home' either consciously or unconsciously as a gendered and sexualised space have both material and theoretical legacies. However, research into the embodied relationships between bodies and gender/sexuality performance and the spatial produciton of homemaking is still relatively underdone. What are the multiple and diverse experiences of homemaking? How are particular forms of heterosexuality normalised or contested in the home? What are the transgressive practices that expose the normalisation of heterosexuality? How might GLBTIQA families be creating - or challenging - new homonormativities in and through the home?
This session seeks to explore lived and theorised homespaces; the various embodied intimacies, loving expressions, haptic knowledges, material attachments and methodological processes that can be produced in or about the home. The embodied practices and materialities of homespaces have begun to be explored by, for instance, Morrison (2012) in work on heterosexual bodies and touch, Oswin (2010) on the queerness of model family homes, Gorman-Murray (2006; 2007; 2011; 2012) on heteromasculine and queer domesticities, and Longhurst et al. (2009) on diasporic homespaces, viscerality and connection to food. This work scratches the surface of the diversity of cultural practices, fluid sexualities and innovative research methodologies that we could weave into our research praxis. This session also aims to include an intersectional dialogue that examines not only hetero/homonormativities and straight or GLBTIQA homes but also the diverse homemaking practices of the differently-abled, people of colour and those of any class or religion to enable new understandings of 'home'.
Paper topics could include, but are not limited to:- Hetero/Homosexual performativities in the home- Intimacies of touch- Transgressive heterosexualities- Polyamory and domesticity- Human-companion animal relations and petafilia- Neighbourliness and intimacy- Domesticity, friendship and intimacy- LGBTI and queer homemaking practices- Queer approaches to different household forms (family, group, single, etc.)- Gender inequalities and efforts to redress this- Queer methodologies in home research- Differently-abled intimacies at home- Class, race, ethnicity, religion and homemaking practices
Please send abstracts (250 words maximum) to Nick Skilton (nb3662uowmail.edu.au) or Andrew Gorman-Murray (A.Gorman-Murray at uws.edu.au) by November 15th, 2013. Paper selection will be confirmed by November 18th, 2013. Presenters of accepted papers will also need to register for the Annual Meeting (see http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/register), submit their abstract online, and provide their PIN by November 19th, 2013.
Please contact the organisers if you have any questions.For more information about the 2014 AAG Annual Meeting, please visit www.aag.org/annualmeeting
Nick SkiltonPhD CandidateAustralian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (AUSCCER)University of Wollongong NSW 2522

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