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      FW: [ANTHRO-L] Conference: Belief Systems and the Place of Desire (U of Melbourne, Australia, 1-3 October 2001)

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      From: Serguei Alex. Oushakine [mailto:sao15@...]
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      Subject: [ANTHRO-L] Conference: Belief Systems and the Place of Desire (U of Melbourne, Australia, 1-3 October 2001)


      Belief Systems and the Place of Desire
      The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 1-3 October 2001


      The third conference of the International Association for the Study of Sex,
      Culture and Society (IASSCS) is being hosted by Key Centre for Women's
      Health in Society at the University of Melbourne, with Lenore Manderson as
      convenor and program chair.

      The theme of this conference has been chosen to foreground how belief
      systems and institutions structure and constrain modes of living, pattern
      the expression of sexual and gender identity, and shape desire and pleasure.
      We are concerned particularly with formal belief systems and ideologies,
      including those of major religions. Few people involved in the study of
      sexuality have addressed such questions, in part because of a
      (mis)perception of the antipathy of both religious and political ideology
      towards sexual pleasure and sexual diversity. This has meant that much of
      the theorizing and writing about sexuality has failed to engage with the
      institutions and meaning systems that dominate the lives of most people. It
      seems to us timely and important to redress this omission, to explore how
      formal systems control and create spaces for the expression of sexuality,
      how they give meaning to sexuality and desire, and how individuals resist
      dominate ideologies in different social contexts.

      Keynote addresses and a number of special panels focus on areas of interest
      across the social sciences and humanities, that present theoretical and
      empirical challenges. Plenary sessions will be held at the start of each day
      and after lunch, and each will involve one speaker and one discussant - they
      include Marina Mahathir (president of the National HIV/AIDS program in
      Malaysia) and highly acclaimed Indian filmmaker Rahul Roy.  Other sessions
      allow for panels and presentations of research papers. In these, the
      emphasis will be on brief presentations and open discussion.

      We expect around 250-300 participants at the conference, over half from
      Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.  There is also an open panel at the
      Ian Potter Gallery on 30 September. Hotel accommodation and travel
      arrangements need to be done soon - places are filling up because of Aussie
      Rules Grand Final and the Fringe Festival and the ICAAP (Aids in Asia and
      the Pacific) conference).

      Check the website for details -- preliminary program has been posted.
      See http://www.kcwh.unimelb.edu.au/sexconf.html



      Lenore Manderson
      Professor of Women's Health and Director
      Key Centre for Women's Health in Society
      WHO Collaborating Centre for Women's Health
      Department of Public Health
      School of Population Health
      Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences
      The University of Melbourne
      Mailing address: Melbourne Vic 3010
      Australia
      Street address: 305 Cardigan St, Carlton
      Phone   613   8344 4445 (direct); 8344 4333 (general office)
      Fax     613   9347 9824
      URL:    http://www.kcwh.unimelb.edu.au

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