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New Social Movements and Sexuality

8 oktober 2004 t/m 9 oktober 2004

Papers published in: New Social Movements and Sexualtity: Conference Papers 2004. Ed. Melinda Chateauvert. Sofia: Bilitis Resource Center, 2006. 180 pp. ISBN-10:954-91940-1-9. ISBN-13:978-954-91940-1-2
For ordering information please write to Bilitis Resource Center, bilitis@bg-lesbian.com


Cultural changes in the 1970s and 1980s have led to a proliferation of new social movements in Europe and the United States concerning ecology, peace, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity. Although they are called "new social movements" some of them have existed since the late 19th century. Extension of participatory democracy has been one of the most notable features of these new social movements. Most of them have been closely allied with socialist parties, and share some of the goals of the traditional and the new left ideologies (with the exception of the right wing ecology movement). Sexuality and sexual reform occupied a significant place in the new social movements of the West. The demise of communism in 1989 triggered a new wave of social movements in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet States.

Unlike their predecessors in the West, the pro-democracy movements of CEE countries are essentially conservative and anti-socialist. One important cluster of the new social movements in Central and Eastern Europe that is clearly missing is the movement for sexual reform. Despite promising legal changes and expansion of the freedoms for the individuals in all countries of the region, sexual relationships are considered only in the case of couple: adult, monogamous and heterosexual. Sexual reform, gay and lesbian and the transgender movements have usually been excluded from the public discourse on social tolerance and development of social capital.


Friday, October 8

10:00 - 10:30      Coffee/tea at the opening

10:30 - 10:40      Welcome note by Gert Hekma

10:40 - 11:10      Dr. J. Edgar Bauer: "MÊMETÉ" and the Critique of Sexual Difference: on Monique Wittig's Deconstruction of the Symbolic Order and the Site of the Neuter

11:10 - 11:40      Melinda Chateauvert: Respecting Citizenship How does "respectability" as a characteristic of "civil rights" affect the definition of "citizenship"?

11:40 - 12:10      Karin Taylor: The Silent Sexual Revolution in Socialist Bulgaria: 1960s and 70s

12:10 - 12:40      John Stanley: The Prehistory of Gay Liberation in Poland

12:40 - 13:30      Lunch

13:30 - 14:00      Shannon Woodcock: Globalization of LGBT Identities: Containment Masquerading as Salvation or Why Lesbians Have Less Fun

14:00 - 14:30      Bogdan Lesnik: LGBT Movement in Slovenia

14:30 - 15:00      Monika Pisankaneva: LGBT Movement in Bulgaria

15:00 - 15:30      Gary Wilson: LGBT Movement in Scotland

15:30 - 16:00      Coffee/tea break

16:00 - 16:30      Saskia Poldervaart: The Connection between the Queer-, Squatters- and Alterglobalisation Movement

16:30 - 17:00      Yvette Taylor: Real Politik or Real Politics: Working-class Lesbians

17:00 - 17:30      General Discussion

Saturday, October 9

10:00 - 10:30      Antonia Levy: Success and Failure of Prostitution Rights Movements in the US and Europe

10:30 - 11:00      Maria Nicoleta Turliuc: Feminism and its Impact on the Couple's Life

11:00 - 11:30      Paul Reynolds: Sexuality Social Movements in the UK: A Critical Review

11:30 - 12:00      Gert Hekma: The Demise of Gay and Lesbian Radicalism in the Netherlands

12:00 - 13:00      General Discussion

13:00 - 13:30      Lunch

About the "Socialism and Sexuality" Seminar
Created in 1997 by Francis Ronsin (University of Burgundy, Dijon) and other scholars associated with the Institute of Contemporary History (Dijon), the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam), and the Center for Millennial Studies (Boston), the "Socialism and Sexuality seminar" has brought together on a yearly basis a number of scholars who explored the link between socialism and sexual politics. This year the seminar aims to attract more scientists from Central and Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union, and expand the existing international network of scholars who research the sexual programs of leftist ideologies.