This tribute conference, set to take place in Amsterdam during June 2017, will be in honor of retiring dr Gert Hekma.
|Date||Start 15 June 2017||End 16 June 2017|
Gert Hekma has been paramount to gay and lesbian studies and the fields of sex and gender since his first article on queer studies (flikkerstudies in Dutch) in 1977. He has worked in this emerging field since 1984 at the University of Amsterdam.
Hekma’s work on sexual margin and mainstream has made him a strong critical scholar. This conference will pay tribute to the core issues of his body of work during the more than 30 fruitful years at that post: social histories of pleasures and perversions as encoded through terms, norms, practices, styles, mind sets, discourses and books!
Inspired by radical ideas as pursued by libertine critics marquis de Sade, Dutch novelist de Haan, Michel Foucault and George Mosse among others, Hekma’s research has indicated how we have come a long way from questions of doing (sodomy) to those of identity (homosexual, and now often LGBTQIA), constantly reminding students to move beyond past and present oppressive boundaries, “pushing the barriers, planting seeds, lifting the veil, out of the now..”
Priority issues in sex and gender studies revolve around mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion, glorification and demonization.
While the aim of gay and lesbian studies may be a general facilitation of a greater sexual ease, equality and diversity, Hekma’s work has confronted a historical variety of practices that have included public sex, promiscuity, BDSM, genderfuck, solosex and pedophilia with today’s meanderings: questions of identity, sexual orientation & gender identity (‘SOGI’) and the LHBTI+ alphabet soup.
It is no longer possible to submit a paper for the conference. You are, however, welcome to attend the conference, which is free of charge and without registration.