Track : SEXUALITIES, IDENTITES
moving beyond the gender binary, privileges, vulnerabilities, subordination, hegemonies, LGBTQI, homo/trans phobia, disabilities, alternate/non-conformist men.
The politics of LGBTQI identities is a significant aspect of our times and invites critical discussion. There is a demand for the opening up of cultural, social and political spaces for the articulation and practice of non-heterosexual identities. In many countries around the world same sex relationships are being legalised while at the same time there is an increasing conservative ‘backlash’ in others, with the death sentence being in force in some countries. All men do not enjoy male privileges equally, leading to different forms of subordinated masculinities, faced with unequal challenges in a globalising world. Many argue that masculinities are not only embodied in the biological male, and men too face the ‘toxic’ effects of masculinities. Further, idealisation and aspirations around these identities are changing and these are being defined and reinforced by our market-based globalised environment. At the same time there are many ‘men’ who do not ‘conform’ to the ‘masculine’ ideals and yet have become powerful icons of peace, inclusion and social justice. This track will explore the diversities that exist in the world of men and masculinities and how a better understanding of these diversities may lead to changes in gender power relations and greater social inclusion and solidarity.
Young people’s concerns, sexualities, influence of media, tradition and culture may be explored within all the tracks.
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