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Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference
At Manchester University
June 27, 2008

In association with Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies/ University of Leeds Migration and Diaspora Cultural Studies Network
Department of Theology and Religious Studies/University of Leeds Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies/University of Manchester

This one day postgraduate conference seeks to examine issues of gender and borders/boundaries across a range of critical perspectives. We want to encourage innovative and interdisciplinary dialogues and welcome postgraduate students from a variety of disciplines, such as anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, religion, sociology, psychology, politics, geography and social

Borders/boundaries are sites for exclusion, control and dominance, but they are also sites for exchange, transgression and creativity. With this postgraduate conference we want to focus on gender and the ways in which it interacts with the forces and powers of national borders and/or the boundaries of the body. We invite papers that focus on the dynamics between gender and borders/boundaries both from ethnographic and theoretical perspectives.

We would welcome papers addressing (but not limited to) the following key themes of the conference:

o Boundaries, space and liminality
o Borderlands, identity and gender
o Intersectionality of gender, globalisation and borders
o Gendered migration across borders
o The body as a site of boundaries and contestation
o Questioning category boundaries
o Contesting borders/ LGBTQ anti-border activism
o Gender and transnationalism
o Transgression of borders/boundaries
o Sex work and trafficking across borders
o Sex tourism
o Migrant sex work

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words sent to:
Amy M. Russell and Susanne Hofmann at:

Deadline 1st February 2008.

Please include your title, name, institutional affiliation and a brief (100words) outline of your work.

If you do not receive a confirmation email of our receipt after a week please resend your abstract.

Amy M. Russell
Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Department of Theology and
Religious Studies
University of Leeds

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