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

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Date: 12 Nov 2018 - 14 Nov 2018 – All Day


Monash Asia Institute

Conferences & Symposiums

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

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, dis-empowerment 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
  • Technologies
  • 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.


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.

Conference Registration: Coming soon.






Monday 12 Nov – Wednesday 14 Nov




Monash University Malaysia

For further information, please contact Vanessa Fleming-Baillie on

Schools: Monash Asia Institute