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

Nick Skilton nick.skilton at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 13 14:02:04 CST 2013

Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2014, Tampa, FL, April 8-12Session: Challenging Hetero/Homonormativities in HomespacesConvened 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 production 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 GLBTIQ families be creating – or challenging – new homonormativites 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 the 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 homeIntimacies and touchTransgressive heterosexualitiesPolyamory and domesticityHuman-companion animals relations and petafiliaNeighbourliness and intimacyDomesticity, friendship and intimacyLGBTI and queer homemaking practicesQueer approaches to different household forms (family, group, single, etc)Gender inequalities and efforts to redress thisQueer methodologies in home researchDifferently-abled intimacies in the homeClass, race, ethnicity, religion and homemaking practices   Please send abstracts (250 words maximum) to Nick Skilton (nb366 at uowmail.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. REFERENCESGoodfellow, A. and Mulla, S. (2008). "Compelling intimacies: domesticity, sexuality, and agency." Home Cultures 5: 257+.Gorman-Murray, A. (2006). "Gay and lesbian couples at home: identity work in domestic space." Home Cultures 3: 145+.Gorman-Murray, A. (2007). "Contesting Domestic Ideals: queering the Australian home." Australian Geographer 38(2): 195-213.Gorman-Murray, A. (2011). "Economic crises and emotional fallout: Work, home and men’s senses of belonging in post-GFC Sydney." Emotion, Space and Society 4(4): 211-220.Gorman-Murray, A. (2012). “Urban homebodies: embodiment, masculinity and domesticity in inner Sydney”,Geographical Research 51(2): 137-144.Longhurst, R., Johnston, L. and Ho, E. (2009). "A visceral approach: cooking ‘at home’ with migrant women in Hamilton, New Zealand." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 34(3): 333-345.Morrison, C.-A. (2012). "Heterosexuality and home: Intimacies of space and spaces of touch." Emotion, Space and Society 5(1): 10-18.Oswin, N. (2010). “The modern model family at home in Singapore: A queer geography.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 35(2): 256-268.

Nick Skilton
PhD CandidateAustralian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research (AUSCCER)University of Wollongong NSW 2522

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