13th Annual Cultural Studies Conference
March 4-6, 2004
Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA

Plenary Speakers:


From clerical sexual abuse in the Catholic church, to repressive Taliban policies toward women in Afghanistan, to same sex marriage, to debates about how gender should be determined, sex is a topic that garners lavish popular and critical attention. From Michel Foucault's examination of our garrulity about sex, to Judith Butler's theory of performativity, to Elizabeth Grosz's emphasis on the diversity of sexually specific bodies, important contemporary thinkers have brought issues of sexuality and society to the forefront of debates within cultural studies. "Sex and the Body Politic" considers the construction of sexual identity as a function of political, social, and economic forces.

We invite papers or paper proposals that explore the intersections between structures of "sex" and the discourses of law, science, medicine, history, religion, empire, and cultural taste, to name a few. We invite papers on all periods from ancient to the future.

Possible paper or panel topics:

Send 1-page abstracts to:

Michele Janette
Director, Cultural Studies Program
English Department
Kansas State University 106 Denison Hall
Manhattan KS, 66506-0701
Email submissions are encouraged: send to mjanette@ksu.edu.
Deadline: October 20, 2003.

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Some previous conferences: Property, Commodity, Culture (1997) | Violence, Incorporated (1998) | Real Culture, Reproduction(s), and Rip-Offs (1999) | Who Counts? (2000) | Family, Kinship & Cultural Studies (2001) | Late Modern Planet (2002) | Brain Power (2003).


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