P34
Intimate States: romantic intimacies, love and sexuality across and with/in borders

Convenors:
Alison Dundon (University of Adelaide)
Discussant:
Henrike Hoogenraad (University of Adelaide)
Location:
Ligertwood 231
Start time:
13 December, 2017 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Romantic intimacies, love and sexuality mark significant sensual and emotional relations through which people, communities and states are constituted and connected. We welcome papers that critically engage with 'intimate states' of love, sexuality and romantics with/in and across borders.

Long abstract:

Romantic intimacies, love and sexuality mark significant sensual and emotional relations through which people, communities and states are constituted and connected. Intimacies are often considered central to interpersonal and emotional wellbeing, by both lovers as well as states, and the idea of romanticism, love and sexual intimacy is meaningful in many political, economic and religious contexts. Romance can be associated with 'being modern', with an emphasis on personal choice, desire, individualism and partnership and, hence, may be emblematic of state-based citizenship. In addition, love, romance and sexuality is imbricated with capitalism, media, social media and consumerism, and individuals, institutions and states may privilege relational intimacies that model heteronormative values and principles. In these ways and senses, love, sexuality and romantic intimacies are often bounded by borders, both literal and metaphorical. In this panel, we welcome papers that critically engage with 'intimate states' of love, sexuality and romantics with/in and across borders. We invite contributions that explore the ways in which states, communities and persons mediate or negotiate romantics, sexuality and love as well the constitution, monitoring and transgression of borders and boundaries. Some key issues are suggested below but papers outside of these are welcome: • Borders, boundaries, states, communities & intimacies • Movements, mobility and love and sexual/romantic intimacies • Intimacy, citizenship, choice, desire, individualism and partnership • States and romance, love and/or sexual intimacy • Transgressive intimacies, sexualities and love • Religions, politics, spirituality and sexualities • Gendered, sexual and romantic states and/or borders