RN23 - Sexuality

RN coordinator:

Dr Andrew King, University of Surrey, UK



The theme of this year’s conference is: differences, inequalities and sociological imagination. The sociology of sexuality is well placed to address these issues. Firstly, sociological research and scholarship has provided critiques of reductionist, a-historic accounts of sexuality that continue to emanate from some academic disciplines and which pervade public discourse generating differences and inequalities. Secondly, sociology has traditionally explored social divisions and inequalities, including those associated with sexuality, as both personal troubles and public issues – in short, through the application of the sociological imagination. Thirdly, theoretically and methodologically, the sociology of sexuality has developed critical tools that challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and ways of being.

  1. We invite papers to address any of the following special sessions or indeed those who feel that they would prefer to be in an open stream.
  • Theorizing sexuality
  • Researching sexuality: ethics and methods
  • Sexuality, abuse and violence
  • Trans-sexualities
  • Sexuality and critique
  • Media, sexuality and representation
  • Sexual citizenship
  • Sexuality, families and relationships
  • Hetero-sexualities
  • Sex work
  • Open stream

Our network is growing and developing all the time. This conference represents a key forum for us to come together and celebrate the significant contribution of sociology to the study of sexuality. Please note you can also become a formal member of the Sexuality Research Network. Find out more at http://www.europeansociology.org/research-networks/rn23-sexuality.html.


  1. Joint session with RN16 Sociology of Health and Illness “Sexual health and the medicalisation of sexuality" Session Organizers: Chiara Bertone & Micol Pizzolati

The last years have been witnessing a growing interest in sexual health and the medicalisation of sexuality, also within sociology, raising issues about changing constructions of femininity and masculinity, life course, risk. The Stream aims to provide space for critical thinking, unpacking the notion of sexual health, and for reflections on the contribution of sociological perspectives in exploring its intersections with gender, age, social class and other dimensions of social experience.


Notes for authors

Authors are invited to submit their abstract either to the general session or any specific session. Please submit only to one session. After abstract evaluation, coordinators will have the chance to transfer papers between sessions where applicable.

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers.

Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the Research Network; the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2015.

Abstract submission deadline (extended):                                                                                                15th February 2015

Abstract submission platform:                                                                                          www.esa12thconference.eu

If you have further questions on the conference, please visit the conference website. For further information on the Research Network, please visit www.europeansociology.org.