International Conference on Gender and Sexuality in Asia (CoGen 2018)

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Date(s) - 12/11/2018 - 14/11/2018
All Day

Monash University Malaysia,


Call for Papers

Theme: Gender and sexuality justice in Asia: Conflicts and resolutions
In naming gender equality as one of the priorities of the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations (UN) is aware of the continuing inaccessibility of many women to resources that can eradicate the effects of poverty, disempowerment and violence. The UN’s primary concerns in this regard straddle issues of education, health, employment and political representation. The UN recognises that ‘gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world’ (United Nations, n.d.).
The UN has also made statements about discrimination and violence that are based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) (ARC International, 2016). Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2011) referred to implicit and explicit homophobia as ‘a moral outrage, a grave violation of human rights and a public health crisis’. A joint statement by various UN entities in 2015 called for an end to ‘homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination and abuses’ (OHCHR, 2015). In all these official pronouncements, it is evident that the global community is eager to address issues of gender and sexuality justice.
Parallel to the spirit of the UN, numerous scholars around the globe continue to work on issues of gender and sexuality justice. Some recurring topics include the complexities of rights-based activism for women in terms of gender and sexuality rights and attendant legalities (Elias, 2015; Gross, 2008), the disenfranchisement of queer people (Hines, 2009; Offord, 2013), and intersecting issues of gender and sexuality justice with nationalism (Puar, 2007), liberalism (Eng, 2010), ethnicity and race (Hill Collins, 2008; Moore, 2010), migration and social justice (Trương, 2013), disease (Doyal, 2013) and religion (Gnanadason, 2006; Yip, 2008).
CoGen 2018 is eager to join in conversation with the UN and these scholars by exploring and discussing a wide array of issues related to gender and sexuality justice in Southeast, South and East Asia. The Conference is interested in multi-layered nuances that are embedded in conflicts pertaining to gender and sexual justice, and either existing or planned strategies to address and resolve these injustices. Some themes include, but are not limited to the intersection of gender and sexuality justice in Asia with:
Identities and inequalities
 Dis/ability
 Ethnicity and race
 Indigeneity
 Labour
 LGBTIQ, patriarchy and heteronormativity

 Youth and children
 Custom, tradition and culture
 Religion, spirituality and theology
Law, rights and criminal justice
 Crime
 Bullying, discrimination and harassment
 Equality and rights
 Law, regulation and surveillance
 Military and public service
Politics, globalisation and development
 Biopolitics
 Social movements and activism
 Empowerment
 Globalisation and postcoloniality
 Liberalism and the economy
 Migration, mobility and urbanisation
 Non-governmental and community-based organisations
 Politics, leadership and human development
 Sustainable development
Health, sports and psychology
 Sports and exercise
 Intimate Partner Violence
 Disease
 Health, healthcare and medical procedures
 Pathology and psychology
Literature, education and the arts
 Film, fandom and television
 History and art
 Literature and fiction
 Education
 Popular culture, music and entertainment
Sexuality, society and culture
 Eroticism and desire
 Privacy and intimacy
 Family, kinship and marriage
 Post-humanism and trans-humanism issues
 Social media, digital media and technology

We are particularly keen on underrepresented research on the aforementioned intersections, and interdisciplinary collaborations. We welcome submissions from early career and established academics, independent and post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students. We will also consider poster presentations of completed research projects from master and fourth-year Honours students. Academic-activist collaborations are particularly welcome.
We are also looking towards a high-quality publishable outcome from this Conference.

Single and panel abstract submissions of 150-200 words in MS-Word format should be emailed to before or by the new deadline of June 30, 2018.

Abstracts should contain the title of the presentation, the name(s) of the author(s) and affiliation(s). An email containing a notification of acceptance or otherwise will be sent out on July 31, 2018. If your abstract is accepted, we expect you to be present at the

Conference for your own presentation. The deadline for registration and payment of fees is September 24, 2018.
ARC International (2016) Principle 30 (YP+10) – Available at: (accessed 21 March 2018).
Ban K-M (2011) Secretary-General, in message to event on ending sexuality-based violence, bias, calls homophobic bullying ‘a moral outrage, a grave violation of human rights’. Available at: (accessed 15 March 2018).
Doyal L (2013) Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS: Diversity, Inequality and Human Rights in the Global Pandemic. Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
Elias J (2015) Realising women’s human rights in Malaysia: The EMPOWER Report. Asian Studies Review 39(2): 229–246. DOI: 10.1080/10357823.2015.1024100.
Eng DL (2010) The feeling of kinship: queer liberalism and the racialization of intimacy. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Gnanadason A (2006) ‘We have spoken so long O God: When will we be heard?’ Theological reflections on overcoming violence against women. Theology & Sexuality 13(1): 9–21.
Gross AM (2008) Sex, love, and marriage: Questioning gender and sexuality rights in international law. Leiden Journal of International Law 21(1): 235–253.
Hill Collins P (2008) Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. New York: Routledge.
Hines S (2009) A pathway to diversity?: human rights, citizenship and the politics of transgender. Contemporary Politics 15(1): 87–102.
Moore MR (2010) Articulating a politics of (multiple) identities: LGBT sexuality and inclusion in black community life. Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 7(2): 315–334.
Offord B (2013) Queer activist intersections in Southeast Asia: Human rights and cultural studies. Asian Studies Review 37(3): 335–349.
OHCHR (2015) Joint UN statement on ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. Available at: (accessed 15 March 2018).
Puar JK (2007) Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Trương T-Đ (2013) Migration, Gender and Social Justice: Perspectives on Human Insecurity. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.
United Nations (n.d.) United Nations: Gender equality and women’s empowerment. Available at: (accessed 15 March 2018).
Yip AKT (2008) The quest for intimate/sexual citizenship: Lived experiences of lesbian and bisexual Muslim women. Contemporary Islam 2(2): 99–117.
Conference Committee
▪ Joseph N. Goh PhD (School of Arts and Social Sciences) (chair)
▪ Sharon A. Bong PhD (School of Arts and Social Sciences)
▪ Thaatchaayini Kananatu PhD (School of Business)

Conference Fees
This Conference is supported by the Global Asia in the 21st Century (GA21) multidisciplinary research platform at Monash University Malaysia. As such, the registration fees have been greatly subsidised to allow for greater participation.
 Non-student registration fee (local and international, outside Monash University Malaysia): RM200
 Postgraduate, master and fourth year Honours students student registration fee (local and international, outside Monash University Malaysia): RM100
 Non-presenting participants (outside Monash University Malaysia): RM100
Please take note that we do not provide any funding.
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Useful Information
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