AMSAB (Ghent), IISH (Amsterdam), IHC-UMR 5605 (Dijon), Center for Millennial Studies (Boston), University of Amsterdam, University of Sofia
Socialism and Sexuality
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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
(ARCHIVE) New Social Movements and Sexuality Conference
held at Sofia University, October 8-9, 2004 Introduction
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
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-13:978-954-91940-1-2For ordering information please write to Bilitis Resource Center,
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.
Socialism and SexualityAMSAB (Ghent), IISH (Amsterdam), IHC-UMR 5605 (Dijon), Center for Millennial Studies (Boston), University of Amsterdam, University of Sofia
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24 September 2004