June 13, 2019

Selena Radović The Other Side of Sexuality: An Ambivalent Position of Woman?

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, 4th floor at 12h

In this lecture, I will approach the problem of sexuality and change toward sexuality from two perspectives: on one hand, along the lines of Foucault and Bourdieu, sexuality is seen as specific cultural and historic construct, as a unity of discursive practices that define the domain of the sexual, as well as as the field of regulation and social engineering. Who defines norms and how are categories defined? What are the ways in which the mechanisms of domination and sexual repression work in a context of contemporary capitalist society? If “sexual democracy” comes or should come from greater democratization of society, why is that the private sphere remains outside the field of politics? What is so special about sex (Fassin, 2013). On the other hand, the media expansion of sexual content and commercialization of sexuality in contemporary society paves the way for re/deconstruction of present positions and relations of power which shape the position of woman, female bodies, and female sexuality in an ambivalent way. In this lecture, I will try to answer the question – what are the effects of the above-mentioned issues on thinking and reconceptualizing gender, in what ways is sexual habitus redefined, and if and how sexual liberation “liberates” women?

Selena Radović (1989) is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade and researcher at the Institute of Social Research. She has spent her formative years in Paris in gender studies program – Institute Genre, Travail, Mobilités (Centre de Recherches Sociologiques et Politiques de Paris). She is a member of an international project about gender politics in Europe, co-organized by Institute GTM (Paris) and Viadrina University (Frankfurt). As a researcher at the Institute, she is actively involved in preparation and realization of activities in the project “Challenges of new social integration in Serbia – concepts and actors”. Her research area includes gender studies, history of sexuality, political sociology. Her dissertation is on the sexual liberation of women.

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