Glocalising Sex and Gender: Consumption, Culture, Practice

Coordinator: Elspeth Probyn

Cultural Identities and Communities Node

21 - 22 February 2009
University of Sydney

The central aim is to bring together work from CRN members with a specific interest in how contemporary gendered and sexual cultures are produced by local, inter- and trans-national contexts of consumption and production. Emphasis is placed on encouraging and supporting new scholars into the field; developing the academic skills of postgraduate students; and furthering interdisciplinary scholarship on gender and sexuality in the context of Australia in relation to Asia and the rest of the world.

While gender and sexuality is central to many CRN members’ research it has not received as much attention as one would have thought, especially in the Identities node. This is mainly due to the ways in which our research crosses so many other points of analysis. With this in mind we thought it would be germane to hold this workshop shortly before the Sydney Mardi Gras. It is to be open to the public in hopes of publicising the CRN’s profile on gender and sexuality. We are especially interested in bringing together postgards and ECRs working on globalisation and its localising effects on practices and ideas about sex and gender in different contexts.

This workshop has already secured the participation of two international speakers: Prof Chengzhou HE from Nanjing, and Dr. Ulrike Dahl from Sweden. We also expect the involvement of several of CRN participants as well as a number of other scholars.

This workshop will:

Enable a particular focus on the changing economy of identities being produced in Australia specific sites, such as the Mardi Gras festival.

report

This two-day workshop held in Sydney Feb 25-26, 2009 was hosted by the Cultural Identities and Communities node and the Dept of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. We had good attendance and it was especially well attended by postgraduates and ECRs. The workshop laid the basis for ongoing collaboration amongst member institutions as well as opening up avenues for comparative research on sex and gender in China. It was especially good to see a renewed interest in the study of sexuality and gender through the lens of cross-cultural consumption.