CfP Engaging Health Activism, Sexual Politics and STS (EASST+4S)

I am delighted to announce that the open panel I proposed along with Lisa Lindén (University of Gothenburg & Lancaster University) for EASST + 4S 2020 Joint Conference in Prague has been accepted.

Engaging Health Activism, Sexual Politics and STS

The relationship between activism, biomedicine and sexual politics has been a focus in STS since Steven Epstein’s 1996 book Impure Science: AIDS Activism and The Politics of Knowledge. In focusing on how patients, citizens and organisations mobilise to transform biomedicine and healthcare, STS has taken a particular focus on public/expert entanglements, such as how health advocacy groups collaborate with healthcare professionals and mobilise citizens’ experiences to influence health practice (Akrich et al. 2014).

In this panel we want to combine this focus on health activism with recent calls to address the possibilities afforded by a greater attention to pleasure and to sexual bodies in STS (Race 2019). Here we also include an attention to the ways sex and sexuality are mobilised in political engagements with health and illness. As digital technologies open new possibilities for doing politics, sex and intimacy, and uncertain and turbulent times raise new problems for health programming and notions of expertise, we hope to explore the analytical generativity of doing STS research at the intersection of sex, sexuality, health and activism.

We welcome contributions that engage with ‘health activism and sexual politics’ in various ways, and from a range of empirical areas. This might include:

  • Public/expert entanglements
  • Sexual bodies, affect and pleasure
  • The enactment of ‘biosexual citizenship’ (Epstein 2018) in health activism
  • Continuities and discontinuities: troubled pasts (Murphy 2012) and possible futures
  • Health activism and LGBTQ movements (Roberts & Cronshaw 2017)
  • Categorisations, standards, risk and politics of (sexual) inclusion
  • Engagements with Queer Theory


Conference dates: 18-21 August 2020, Prague.
Abstract deadline: 29th February 2020.
Abstract submission:

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