Donne e conoscenza storica

Changing nature of sexualities
The project seeks to explore the changing nature of culture and
identity in Britain with special focus on adult sexuality and new modes of communication (Internet)

Feminism in the Arts in Contemporary Britain: Conference at York St.
John College, A College of the University of Leeds, U.K.


Submissions are invited on the topic of Feminism in the Arts in
Contemporary Britain.


Feminism in Britain has permeated every art form, from drama, dance
and music to the so-called 'low-brow' culture: popular culture. It is
seen as a transgressive force and has influenced culture immeasurably
since the second wave of 60s feminism. Are women equal in the fields
of art? Do they still have to struggle for recognition within the
matrix of the various institutions? Who wields the power in British
drama for example? How different is it in the fields of music,
classical or popular? Is popular music more egalitarian? Is it better
to be a woman as a dancer? Are the institutions of British culture
that create performance art now more amenable to women than before?
If yes, is there still a struggle going on for power between the
sexes? Secondly, how has the force-field of feminism influenced art
forms and styles? Is music different today than it was before the
feminist era? What about dance or drama? Does the notion of
the 'feminine' permeate art formalistically or stylistically? Is this
new, or is it different, post-feminism?


Submissions are invited in the realm of feminism in dance; feminism
in music (classical); feminism in music (popular); feminism in drama;
and any other art forms influenced by feminism in contemporary
Britain. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st November 2004.
Conference venue: York St John College (A College of the University
of Leeds), UK.
Conference date: TBA. (Early 2005).
Keynote speakers: Dr. Susan Jones, Dean of St Hilda's College,
University of Oxford; Dr. Judy Giles, Reader, York St John College.


The best six papers linking feminism in contemporary Britain to the
arts will be published in an international journal.


Please send a hard copy of your abstract (about 800 words) and a
short cv to:


Dr. Dimple Godiwala, BA, MA(Bom), MSt, DPhil(Oxford)
Senior Lecturer
School of Arts
York St. John (A College of the University of Leeds)
Lord Mayor's Walk
York YO31 7EX
Email: DimpleGodiwala@aol.com

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS: CALL FOR CHAPTERS


Internet consumers


This research in progress is aimed at being disseminated in the form
of a book.
Contributory chapters are invited.
Gender studies scholars, scholars
studying the changing nature of sexualities, scholars of
masculinities, gay studies,
queer theory are invited to contribute.

Abstract


The project seeks to explore the changing nature of culture and
identity in Britain,
with special focus on adult sexuality and new modes of communication.
The
penetration of the domestic sphere by the internet has made possible
interaction
between people from all over the UK and transnationally in terms of
social life. The
internet demands different rules for communication. The consumer has
to learn
efficient means of making he/rself understood: brevity and speed are
of essence.
Social life is no longer restricted to the local but has national and
transnational
possibilities in an immediate and accessible fashion. The traditional
evening of
going to a pub, watching TV, or seeing a film is changing as
consumers surf the net
chatting with strangers who may be hundreds of miles away. Isolation
is kept at bay
as consumers engage in chat. These changing boundaries of social
interaction has
impacted upon the domestic life of adults, making possible intimate
as well as
fleeting relationships between members of the same and opposite sex
as never
before, offering opportunities for intimate interaction in the
privacy of one's home,
twenty-four hours a day. The modes of communication themselves have
changed:
brief jargonistic exchanges may well be the norm on the internet. The
impact of this
new technology on the consumer (of the internet) has made possible a
new source
of entertainment and leisure, the chat-room. Here, local, national
and transnational
identities are formed as they interact through time and virtual
space. This affects
communication, gender identities and gender relations in a new way.

Methodological approach and Involvement of users


This aims to be a survey based study, focusing on different groups of
chat-room
consumers: heterosexual women and men in their 40s and 50s; gay men
and
women, supported by a qualitative analysis. Gender studies scholars,
scholars
studying the changing nature of sexualities, scholars of
masculinities, gay studies,
queer theory are invited to contribute.


Face to face or internet interviews will be conducted by the
contributors,
contacting
consumers of the internet community through the internet. Straight
men and women
(married and unmarried), gay men and lesbian women of the ages 35+
will be
interviewed. They will be asked to talk about how the internet has
changed their
lives in social and personal ways.


Sample interview questions:
Were you computer literate before you discovered chatrooms?
Isn't there too much jargon used in chat (such as OMG, LOL, ROFL) and
how did
you learn it?
Has your typing speed improved since using chat rooms and instant
messaging?
Do you go to aol or internet `bashes'?
Has your social life changed since you started going to these?
Has using chatrooms and IM impacted upon your social life and the
structure of
your day? e.g., do you watch less TV?
Have you dated many people through the internet?


This study aims at a constructive dialogue between academic
researchers and
consumers, to analyse changing ways of communication and also
changing sexual
trends in the various consumer groups, focusing on consumers in the
UK.


Chapters


Section I
1. The changing nature of communication
2. Internet communication: Email, IM, Chatrooms and text
3. Jargon and brevity: Language on the internet
Section II Changing Identities
1. Married men
2. Married women
3. Straight men
4. Straight women
5. Gay men
6. Gay women
7. National or International travellers

Please send your 500-800 word abstract to DimpleGodiwala@aol.com by
July 30,
2004 stating clearly which methodology you are going to adopt in your
research.
Please subtitle your abstract with the research focus, e.g., `Gay
men' etc.


Editor:
Dr. Dimple Godiwala
York St John College
Lord Mayor's Walk
York YO31 7EX