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International Conference - Intersexualities: Crossing Bodies, Crossings Borders
from 23 MAR 2017 to 25 MAR 2017
The International Conference Intersexualities: Crossing Bodies, Crossing Borders will take place on 23rd, 24th and 25th of March 2017 at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto and at the Serralves Foundation, in partnership with Porto City Council. The event aims to promote an academic reflection on bodies, sexual politics and power relations, within a transnational scope and framed by critical perspectives provided by contemporary theories and ongoing debates on gender, sex and sexualities.

We particularly welcome approaches that focus on possible ways through which literature, arts and sciences, at the margins of the various normative and normalizing discourses and institutions, offer us opportunities to question, deconstruct, and reimagine identities – gender, sexual, ethnic and racial, national and transnational, etc. – and ethical positions, thus dismantling the traditional hierarchies and limits/borders that shape our contemporary world.

We are especially interested in interdisciplinary approaches bridging feminist studies, gender studies and queer theory with fields such as medicine, psychology, history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, law, physics, or other scientific areas. We wish to provide opportunities to discuss and rethink contemporary politics of inclusion and notions of community (social, literary and scientific) in the 21st century.
  • LocationSerralves Auditorium
  • Days 23 MAR 2017 - 25 MAR 2017
18:00-18:30 |  Plenary Round Table 2 | Auditorium
Chair: Ana Luísa Amaral (Univ. Porto)
Participants: Investigador@s da linha Intersexualidades

Around Cixous: Different Voices
Adília Martins de Carvalho (Univ. Luxemburgo – Camões, I.P.)
Feminismos franceses nos anos 70

Tatiana Pequeno (Univ. Federal Fluminense)
Breves cartografias poéticas da lesbiandade em língua portuguesa: mulheres, tradições e subversões

Alexandra Moreira da Silva (Univ. Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III)
Traduzindo Cixous: a língua como herança

18:30 | Conferência Plenária | Auditório
Hélène Cixous*
Le legs empoisonné

By medical orders, unfortunately Hélène Cixous cannot be present. However, she will present a totally
unpublished conference, Le Legs Empoisonné, subtitled in Portuguese and especially prepared for the
Intersexualities Congress. Preceded by an interview, the video, which lasts 40 minutes, is a unique and
remarkable document that crosses the poetic and the political, inviting us to reflection and re-action. In an
absolute debut, this video will be ONLY displayed on March 23, at 6:30 pm, in the Serralves Foundation

15:00-16:15 | Plenary Round Table 3 | Library
Chair: Rosa Martelo (Univ. Porto)
Participants: Investigador@s da linha Intersexualidades

Resistance/Dissidence: Sex, Sexualities and Visual Imaginaries
Ana Gabriela Macedo (Univ. Minho)
From dislocation to disjunction, a "contrapuntal” perspective. Feminist art unframing/reframing
corporeality, identity and location

Ana Margarida Martins (Univ. Exeter)
Lágrimas queer: Corpo e performatividade em Insubmissas Lágrimas de Mulheres de Conceição

Marta Correia (Univ. Porto)
Do Not Cross - bodies under nationalism

Loredana Polezzi (Univ. Cardiff)
Weaving the threads of Italy’s gendered pasts: translation and migration in contemporary writing
and visual art 

16:15-17:30 | Plenary Round Table 4 | Library
Chair: Lurdes Sampaio (Univ. Porto)
Participants: Investigador@s da linha Intersexualidades

Crossing Bodies: Queerent Bodies and Performativities
Fernando Beleza (Univ. New Hampshire)
Sexologia, Psicanálise e Dissidência Sexual (Portugal 1900-1935)

Djalma Thürler (Univ. Federal da Bahia)
"Corpotrágyco”: re-presentação do Eu: performatividade da subjetividade através e dentro da

Helena Topa Valentim (Univ. Nova de Lisboa)
Estereótipos de género: marcas léxico-gramaticais e configurações discursivas

Paulo César Garcia (Univ. do Estado da Bahia)
Subjetividades abjetas em tempos de cólera

17:30 | Coffee Break 

18:15 | Keynote Speaker | Auditorium
Moderação | Chair: Ana Paula Coutinho (Univ. Porto)
Isabel Allegro de Magalhães (Univ. Nova de Lisboa)
A Wide Divide: Feminisms across the Ocean

17:30 | Keynote Speaker
Chair: Isabel Pires de Lima (Univ. Porto)

João Ramalho-Santos (Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular | Univ. Coimbra)
A Biologia do Sexo: Definições, paradigmas, fronteiras, equívocos (e como subverter tudo isto)

18:30 | Recital | Álvaro Teixeira Lopes (piano); Poetry in Different Voices

19:00 | Closing Remarks

19:15 | Port wine reception

Hélène Cixous (b. 1937) is a writer and philosopher. Transgressing the limits of academic language by and with poetic language, she is widely lauded for both her writing style and her experimental practice, which traverses many discourses. An influential theorist, as well as a novelist, playwright, and poet, Cixous has also initiated and developed new models of education. Much of her prominence developed around écriture feminine, a method and practice that addresses Cixous’s ongoing concern with the effects of difference, exclusion, and logocentrism. These ideas were explored in her widely influential essay Le rire de la Méduse from 1975 [The Laugh of the Medusa]. This work is considered a key text within her concept of écriture feminine, and informs her advocacy for the freeing of writing, and the freeing of the self through writing. The work of Cixous is very rich and extensive, which includes, among others, the following titles: L’Exil de James Joyce ou l’ art du remplacement (1968), Dedans (1969), Angst (1977), With ou l’art de l’innocence (1981), Le Livre de Promethea (1983), L’Heure de Clarice Lispector (1989), Insister. À Jacques Derrida (2006), Ayaï ! Le Cri de la littérature (2013), Homère est morte (2014), or Gare d’Osnabrük à Jérusalem (2016). She has been the recipient of several awards and honours, such as Prix Marguerite Duras (2014), Prix de la Langue Française (2014), and Officier de la Légion d’Honneur (2014). She holds honorary PhD degrees from several renowned universities.

Isabel Allegro de Magalhães is a Full Professor of Comparative Literature (FCSH-Universidade Nova de Lisboa), having retired in 2008.  She was a visiting Professor at several foreign universities in Europe and the USA. She has published around 100 essays and articles in seven languages on her areas of study, and has authored nine books, most notably Para lá das Religiões: Ensaios sobre Religiões e Culturas, Ética, Espiritualidades e Política (2011), Capelas Imperfeitas (2002), O Sexo dos Textos (1995) and O Tempo das Mulheres (2002). She has is also the author of História e Antologia da Literatura Portuguesa [History and Anthology of Portuguese Literature] (from the Middle ages to the 18th century – 4 volumes) published by the Calouste Gukbenkian Foundation (2007-2013). Prefaced by Eduardo Prado Coelho (Lisbon: 2002). She is a member of GRAAL since 1960. Of particular relevance in her civic and socio-cultural activity are her work as: coordinator and author, with Manuela Silva, of the citizens’ initiative "Manifesto: O nosso Presente e o nosso Futuro: algumas questões prementes” (2009); co-president, with Mário Ruivo, MPPM – Movimento pelos Direitos do Povo Palestino e a Paz no Médio-Oriente [Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and Peace in the Middle-East] (2006-2010); as member of the Opinion Court for the evaluation of the following of the decisions made during the EU-Africa Summit and the Civil Society Forum, org. by the Portuguese Non-Governmental Development Organizations (NDGDOs) Platform (2010).  She has been awarded the Prémio Jacinto Prado Coelho, by the Portuguese Association of Literary Critics.

João Ramalho-Santos is Associate Professor at the Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is currently the Head of the Biology of Reproduction and Stem Cells Group at the Centre for Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the University of Coimbra, where he works on the bioenergetics and metabolism of gametes and stem cells. He is Associate Editor of the Journals Reproduction and Human Reproduction, reviewer for over 30 journals and 6 agencies, and member of the National Ethics Council for the Life Sciences (CNECV). He is a comic book critic, regularly publishing on JL. He is co-author of books about comics such as As Cidades Visíveis (with João Miguel Lameiras), or Uma Revolução Desenhada: O 25 de Abril e a Banda Desenhada (with João Paulo Paiva Boléo and JM Ladeiras), and of the fiction books A Revolução Interior (with José Carlos Fernandes and JM Ladeiras) and Eden 2.0 (with Luís Louro and JM Ladeiras). In addition to the BD, he has published the novel Portland-Portugal: Um Voo Doméstico, and short stories on scientific topics, on the LabLit.com and on the journal Nature. He was honoured with the award of the US program Frontiers in Reproduction (FIR) of the Marine Biology Laboratory for his contribution in the field of reproductive biology, a distinction never before attributed to a researcher based outside of the United States of America or the United Kingdom.
Scientific Commitee:
Anna Klobucka (UMass Dartmouth)
Carlos Herdeiro (Universidade de Aveiro)
Cristina Scheibe Wolff (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina)
Maria Irene Ramalho (Universidade de Coimbra/University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Mark Sabine (Nottingham University)
Mireille Calle-Gruber (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III)
Paulo de Medeiros (Warwick University)
Rita Schmidt (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)

Organizing Commitee:
Ana Luísa Amaral (Universidade do Porto)
Marinela Freitas (Universidade do Porto)
Rosana Kamita (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina)
Fernando Beleza (University of New Hampshire)
Adília Carvalho (Universidade do Luxemburgo)
Lurdes Gonçalves (Universidade do Porto)

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