cfp. 32nd Irish Conference of Historians

The 32nd Irish Conference of Historians will take place at University College Cork, Thursday 26-Saturday 28 April, 2018. The theme of the conference will be Sex, sexuality & reproduction: historical perspectives.

As well as papers/panels that address the historiography of sex, sexuality and reproduction, and the historical/theoretical debates that have enlivened the field, we welcome proposals in, or germane to, the following broad subject areas:

  •  sexual behaviours  and practices
  •  sexual orientation and gender identity
  •  the body
  •  marriage and relationships
  •  celibacy
  •  transgression, deviance and taboos
  •  sexual violence, coercion and crime sex, race and colonialism
  •  class, sex and sexuality
  •  sex, war and revolution
  •  prostitution
  •  sex, sexuality and reproduction in folklore, art, literature, film, theatre, the  media, music and dance
  •  pornography, erotica and sexual imagery
  •  censorship
  •  sex education
  •  psychology, psychoanalysis and sexology
  •  morality, religion, and ideology
  •  politics and the law
  •  regulation, criminalisation and resistance
  •  LGBT histories
  •  activism and social movements
  •  sexual health and STDs
  •  pregnancy and childbirth
  •  abortion and contraception
  •  infanticide
  •  eugenics and population control
  •  reproductive rights and technologies
  •  midwifery, obstetrics and gynaecology
  •  breastfeeding
  •  parenthood, childhood and the family

Both panel and individual proposals are welcome. Please send individual paper proposals (a 200- to 300-word abstract) and panel proposals (300-word overview + 200- to 300-word abstracts for the papers) to the conference email: or c/o Donal Ó Drisceoil, School of History, University College Cork, Ireland.

Deadline: 31 Jan. 2018

For further details please see flyer Irish Conference of Historians 2018 CFP