Annual RC21 Conference 2011

The struggle to belong. Dealing with diversity in 21st century urban settings
Amsterdam (The Netherlands), July 7-9 2011

Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research – Urban Studies
University of Amsterdam – The Netherlands

11. Does Diversity Divide? Dealing with sexual diversity in 21st century urban settings

Does Diversity Divide? Dealing with sexual diversity in 21st century urban settings

Cities are frequently confronted with tensions on sexual diversity. Some of these tensions tend to occur in public, others persist in private, in secret, unnoticed. As it is in 21st century urban settings, frictions among local communities and frustrations within urban communities span the whole range from early modern to late and postmodern sex-related issues. Sexual diversity issues run all the way from problems with collective force, unequal relations and tradition to problems with individual agency, equal relations and modernity.
Sexual diversity can divide social life and social worlds and disrupt, upset, spoil or split its social cohesiveness. This session invites papers dealing with the question how, to what degree, under what circumstances, and to what effects sexuality divides. Moreover, we welcome papers on innovative methods in researching urbanization of sexual diversity.

Mattias Duyves
University of Amsterdam
lecturer at GSSS / Sociology / Program Gender, Sexuality and Society

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21 December 2011
Deadline for abstract submission

10 January 2011
Notification of selected abstracts

1 March 2011
Registration open

15 May 2011
Deadline for early bird registration and for (some) hotel options

15 May 2011
Deadline for paper submission

15 June 2011
Papers online

7-9 July 2011