"Topologies of Sexual Difference" will be the theme for the 2014 Luce Irigaray Circle interdisciplinary conference held at RMIT.
The Communication, Politics and Culture Research Centre at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, with the support of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, will host an interdisciplinary conference inspired by Luce Irigaray and her thinking of sexual difference. This will be the seventh meeting of the Luce Irigaray Circle. The overall theme for the conference will be “Topologies of Sexual Difference.”
In order to think and to experience sexual difference, Irigaray suggests reconsidering the Western tradition's conceptions of space and time. There are at least three senses of topologies we seek to address: as the places in which bodies are and become, as ideal spaces of conceptualization, and as the designation of specific contexts. These contexts include, but are not limited to sexuality, “race”/ethnicity, gender, class, posthumanism and the animal, new materialisms and sovereignty.
We welcome engagements with topologies after Irigaray in fields such as politics, philosophy, aesthetics, visual culture, linguistics, literature, media and cultural studies, psychoanalysis, religious studies, music, sound studies, architecture, education and legal studies.