Third and Fourth Edition, Intensive Course on Sexuality and Morality

Intensive Course

Sexuality and Morality: Intercultural Perspectives and Mediations

Lisbon, Lisbon University Institute

Third edition: 13-18 January, 2014  

Fourth edition: 21-26 April, 2014

The course “Sexuality and Morality: Intercultural Perspectives and Mediations” will be held at the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL), in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 13th to the 18th of January 2014, and from the 21st to the 26th of April 2014.

Around 20 participants will be accepted.

Scholarships are available from the Grundtvig Program funded by The European Commission (see below). Please note that the deadline for applying for these scholarships is the 17th of September 2013.

 

Objectives and Rationale

From the very beginnings of anthropology the entanglements of sexuality and morality have captured the imagination of scholars, challenging their normative assumptions and calling into question their descriptive and interpretative tools. What can be said of these entanglements at the beginning of the 21st century, after decades of research on the matter? Are there still unbroken taboos in the social sciences? How are we to understand sexuality and morality, and how can these issues be investigated? How are relations between sexuality and morality being (re)defined? What is the role of religion, politics, and commerce in (re)shaping these relations? How can anthropology improve our understanding of such complex entanglements?

In recent years, sexuality and morality have received increased attention in the social sciences. While sexuality has ‘gone global’ and become a highly seductive concept (Moore 2011), its entanglements with moral issues and anxieties continue to provide important insights on key societal concerns and transformations. To illuminate such concerns, an emerging body of scholarship on morality in the social sciences, and more particularly in anthropology, seems particularly well suited. By giving new impetus and analytical purchase to the notion of morality, this scholarship helps us rethink sexuality and its wider implications.

Challenging taken for granted assumptions on sexuality and morality, and focusing on their intersections, the course is designed to move from general theoretical and methodological considerations to a range of concrete examples dealing with religion, politics and commerce. Religious taboos, sex work, and same-sex marriages are among the cases addressed. They will help participants answer the key questions asked during the course, and provide exemplary illustrations of how sexuality, morality, and their complex relationships can be rethought in the light of the latest debates in the field of anthropology.

Without neglecting classical authors such as Margaret Mead and Michel Foucault, the course has a strong emphasis on contemporary debates in the social sciences. It will review key perspectives and approaches, offer participants a flexible methodological and theoretical framework, and provide a space for debating a range of case studies and concrete examples under the guidance of lecturers with first hand ethnographical knowledge on the addressed topics.

Programme

The course will consist of 5 lectures (3 hours per day), complemented with 5 seminars (3 hours per day) that will allow in-depth discussion of previously shared material. There will also be a fieldwork excursion on the final day.

Combining theory and empirical research this course offers theoretical as well as practical tools that will provide the participants with a wide spectrum of strategies to address the intersections of sexuality and morality.

The lectures and seminars will be structured around the following themes:

Day 1: The anthropology of sexuality and morality: An introduction

Day 2: Delineating the field: Key debates on sexuality and morality

Day 3: Sexuality, taboo and religion

Day 4: Sex work and the commerce of intimacy

Day 5: Same-sex marriages and the ‘end’ of gender

On day 6, there will be a fieldwork excursion and a final discussion

Lectures and seminars will be given by academics with a strong international profile that have both empirical and theoretical expertise on the subjects treated.

The lectures are structured to proceed from more general theoretical and methodological considerations (lessons 1 and 2) to a range of concrete examples dealing with religious taboos (lesson 3), sex work (lesson 4), and same-sex marriages (lesson 5).

The seminars provide a space for in depth, participatory debate on the topics addressed during the lectures. They are based on the discussion of key texts sent to participants before the beginning of the course. The distributed material allows participants to prepare in advance for the seminars, enabling also those who wish to undertake the course’s assessment to comply with its requirements.

Tutorials are provided to participants who wish to receive the course’s diploma (6 ECTS) to support them in the preparation of their final papers. The tutorials offer methodological, theoretical, and practical guidance to help participants design and write up their research.

The course is taught in English, but discussion may be in English and Portuguese depending on the participants’ preferences. As for the tutorials and the final essay, Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, Italian are accepted.

Lecturers

Anna Fedele is a research fellow of the CRIA- Lisbon University Institute and an associated researcher of the Groupe de Sociologie Politique et Morale of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Currently she is a Visiting Fellow of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute in Florence. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender and religion and particularly on issues of corporeality, sexuality and ritual creativity.  Anna is the author of Looking for Mary Magdalene. Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France (Oxford University Press, 2012). She has also co-edited Encounters of Body and Soul in Contemporary Religious Practices (Berghahn, EASA Series 2011) and Gender and Power in Contemporary Spirituality. (Routledge Studies in Religion, 2013)

Valerio Simoni is a research fellow of the CRIA- Lisbon University Institute, and a Visiting Research Associate at the Centre for Tourism & Cultural Change (UK). His current researches, grounded in ethnographic fieldwork in Cuba and Spain, focus on transformations of intimate and economic lives and controversial enactments of friendship, love, sex, and commerce in international tourism and migration. He has published his work in books and anthropology journals including Etnografica, Civilisations, and Tsantsa.

Miguel Vale de Almeida is professor of anthropology at the Lisbon University Institute and his research focuses on gender, masculinity and sexuality. He is the author of numerous international articles and of The Hegemonic Male: Masculinity in a Portuguese Town (Berghahn 2004).

For enquiries related to the course content or the scholarships, please contact the Summer School co-ordinators, Valerio Simoni (vals_sim@yahoo.com) or Anna Fedele (fedele.anna@gmail.com)

 

Scholarships  (deadline September 17, 2013)

This intensive course has been included in the Grundtvig Training Database and a limited number of scholarships are available. We encourage prospective participants coming from countries in which the Grundtvig Program operates to apply for these scholarships after prior consultation with us regarding the places available.

You can find general information about the Grundtvig program at:

http://ec.europa.eu/education/trainingdatabase/index.cfm

Countries eligible:

http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/national_en.htm

Students’ comments about the course

First edition, September  2012

I attended the first edition of this summer course and I may say that it exceeded my expectations. Anna Fedele and Valerio Simoni consistently conjugate classic and contemporaneous perspectives of social sciences in a very didatic way in the same time as keeping the depth of the debates. All the students were strongly encouraged to participate of the discussions bringing an interactive caracter to the lectures. The participation of Miguel Vale de Almeida enriched the debate about sexuality and morality with his great academic background in gender studies as well as his experience in the field of politics. I truly recommend this course!  (Brasilian Ph.D student in Lisbon)

 

I found the 1st edition of the course well supported and open to discussion. Being an undergraduate, I was exposed to a manner of thought that helped me realize differences of analysis and relations to preconceived mindsets.
The plan and texts were adequate to a good discussion and the presence of one invited professor on one of the days was an excellent idea, giving the attendees another set of ideas with theories and field practices. (BA student from Portugal)

 

Second edition, September 2013

‘Wow! What a week! This course far exceeded my expectations (and they were very high, I must say). Through a series of lectures, discussions, presentations, a documentary and fieldwork experience the themes of ‘sexuality’ and ‘morality’ are handled in an in-depth manner and provoke new ways of thinking on these subjects, whether you work in or outside academia. The course conveners, Anna Fedele and Valerio Simoni, are two warm people who master an in-depth knowledge of the theories and contemporary debates in and outside anthropology and draw from their own wide-ranging ethnographic experience. Debate is encouraged and there is plenty of room to make your own contribution to this in an open atmosphere. Also, Anna and Valerio take time to discuss questions and issues you might have related to your own research, which I very much appreciated. And not to forget, all of this happens in the beautiful city of Lisbon in the intellectually stimulating environment of the University of Lisbon! I whole-heartedly recommend this course!’ (PhD student from Belgium)

Second edition of the Summer School on Sexuality and Morality, September 2013

Summer School

Sexuality and Morality: Intercultural Perspectives and Mediations

Lisbon, 16-21 September 2013

The Second Edition of the Summer School on Sexuality and Morality will be held at the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL), in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 16th to the 21st of September 2013.

Around 20 participants will be accepted.

Scholarships are available from the Grundtvig Program funded by The European Commission (see below)

Objectives and Rationale

From the very beginnings of anthropology the entanglements of sexuality and morality have captured the imagination of scholars, challenging their normative assumptions and calling into question their descriptive and interpretative tools. What can be said of these entanglements at the beginning of the 21st century, after decades of research on the matter? Are there still unbroken taboos in the social sciences? How are we to understand sexuality and morality, and how can these issues be investigated? How are relations between sexuality and morality being (re)defined? What is the role of religion, politics, and commerce in (re)shaping these relations? How can anthropology improve our understanding of such complex entanglements?

In recent years, sexuality and morality have received increased attention in the social sciences. While sexuality has ‘gone global’ and become a highly seductive concept (Moore 2010), its entanglements with moral issues and anxieties continue to provide important insights on key societal concerns and transformations. To illuminate such concerns, an emerging body of scholarship on morality in the social sciences, and more particularly in anthropology, seems particularly well suited. By giving new impetus and analytical purchase to the notion of morality, this scholarship helps us rethink sexuality and its wider implications.

Challenging taken for granted assumptions on sexuality and morality, and focusing on their intersections, the course is designed to move from general theoretical and methodological considerations to a range of concrete examples dealing with religion, politics and commerce. Religious taboos, sex work, and same-sex marriages are among the cases addressed. They will help participants answer the key questions asked during the course, and provide exemplary illustrations of how sexuality, morality, and their complex relationships can be rethought in the light of the latest debates in the field of anthropology.

Without neglecting classical authors such as Margaret Mead and Michel Foucault, the course has a strong emphasis on contemporary debates in the social sciences. It will review key perspectives and approaches, offer– participants a flexible methodological and theoretical framework, and provide a space for debating a range of case studies and concrete examples under the guidance of lecturers with first hand ethnographical knowledge on the addressed topics.

Programme

The course will consist of 5 lectures (3 hours per day), complemented with 5 seminars (3 hours per day) that will allow in-depth discussion of previously shared material. There will also be a fieldwork excursion on the final day.

Combining theory and empirical research this Summer Course offers theoretical as well as practical tools that will provide the participants with a wide spectrum of strategies to address the intersections of sexuality and morality.

The lectures and seminars will be structured around the following themes:

Day 1: The anthropology of sexuality and morality: An introduction

Day 2: Delineating the field: Key debates on sexuality and morality

Day 3: Sexuality, taboo and religion

Day 4: Sex work and the commerce of intimacy

Day 5: Sexual citizenship and the politics of identity: gender beyond heteronormativity  (Sofia Aboim)

 

On day 6, there will be a fieldwork excursion and a final discussion

Lectures and seminars will be given by academics with a strong international profile that have both empirical and theoretical expertise on the subjects treated.

The lectures are structured to proceed from more general theoretical and methodological considerations (lessons 1 and 2) to a range of concrete examples dealing with religious taboos (lesson 3), sex work (lesson 4), and same-sex marriages (lesson 5).

The seminars provide a space for in depth, participatory debate on the topics addressed during the lectures. They are based on the discussion of key texts sent to participants before the beginning of the course. The distributed material allows participants to prepare in advance for the seminars, enabling also those who wish to undertake the course’s assessment to comply with its requirements.

Tutorials are provided to participants who wish to receive the course’s diploma (6 ECTS) to support them in the preparation of their final papers. The tutorials offer methodological, theoretical, and practical guidance to help participants design and write up their research.

The course is taught in English, but discussion may be in English and Portuguese depending on the participants’ preferences. As for the tutorials and the final essay, Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, Italian are accepted.

Lecturers

Anna Fedele is a research fellow of the CRIA- Lisbon University Institute and an associated researcher of the Groupe de Sociologie Politique et Morale of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Currently she is a Visiting Fellow of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute in Florence. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender and religion and particularly on issues of corporeality, sexuality and ritual creativity.  Anna is the author of Looking for Mary Magdalene. Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France (Oxford University Press, 2012). She has also co-edited Encounters of Body and Soul in Contemporary Religious Practices (Berghahn, EASA Series 2011) and Gender and Power in Contemporary Spirituality. (Routledge Studies in Religion, 2013)

Valerio Simoni is a research fellow of the CRIA- Lisbon University Institute, and a Visiting Research Associate at the Centre for Tourism & Cultural Change (UK). His current researches, grounded in ethnographic fieldwork in Cuba and Spain, focus on transformations of intimate and economic lives and controversial enactments of friendship, love, sex, and commerce in international tourism and migration. He has published his work in books and anthropology journals including Etnografica, Civilisations, and Tsantsa.

 

Sofia Aboim is a permanent research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and a member of the GEXcel − International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, hosted by the Universityes of Linköping, Karlstad and Örebro in Sweden. Her research interests include gender and sexuality, feminisms and masculinities as well as critical theory and post-marxism, modernity and post-colonialism. She has published several articles in Portuguese and international journals as well as a number of books, including Plural Masculinities. The remaking of the self in private life (Ashgate, 2010). Currently, she is working on other book projects on gender and modernity and developing research projects on the same topics.

 

 

 

For enquiries related to the course content or the scholarships, please contact the Summer School co-ordinators, Valerio Simoni (vals_sim@yahoo.com) or Anna Fedele (fedele.anna@gmail.com)

Scholarships

This summer school has been included in the Grundtvig Training Database and a limited number of scholarships are available. We encourage prospective participants coming from countries in which the Grundtvig Program operates to apply for these scholarships after prior consultation with us regarding the places available.

You can find general information about the Grundtvig program at:

http://ec.europa.eu/education/trainingdatabase/index.cfm

Countries elegible:

http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/national_en.htm

First edition of the Summer School “Sexuality and Morality: From Religious Taboos to the Commerce of Intimacy”, September 2012

Coordinators: Anna Fedele and Valerio Simoni

The entanglements of sexuality and morality have often captured the imagination of scholars, challenging their normative assumptions and calling into question their descriptive and interpretative tools. What can be said of these entanglements at the beginning of the 21st century, after decades of research on the matter? Are there still unbroken taboos in the social sciences? How are we to understand sexuality and morality, and how can these issues be investigated? How are relations between sexuality and morality being (re)defined? What is the role of religion, politics, and commerce in (re)shaping these relations? How can anthropology improve our understanding of such complex entanglements?

The Summer School “Sexuality and Morality: From Religious Taboos to the Commerce of Intimacy” will be held at the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL), in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 10th to the 14th of September 2012. The program encompasses lectures and seminars.

The course is suited to anyone who wants to challenge taken for granted assumptions on sexuality and morality and wishes to rethink their complex relationships in the light of the latest debates in anthropology. Combining theory and empirical research, the School offers participants a wide spectrum of strategies to address the intersections of sexuality and morality. It reviews key perspectives and approaches in the social sciences and humanities, and provides a space for debating a range of case studies and concrete examples. Religious taboos, sex work, and same-sex marriages are among the cases addressed.

Lectures and seminars are given by academics with a strong international profile that have both empirical and theoretical expertise on the subjects treated.

For enquiries related to the course content, please contact the Summer School co-ordinators: Valerio Simoni (vals_sim@yahoo.com) or Anna Fedele (anna.fedele@yahoo.com).

For questions related to application procedures, please contact Valerio Simoni (vals_sim@yahoo.com)