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(Ab)Normal Sexuality? A Critical Inquiry into the Paraphilias


1st May 2014
Venue:
Danubius Hotel
St. Johns Wood, London

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About the conference

Psychology and psychiatry have played a key role in how we think about and understand sexuality, particularly those forms of sexuality that are positioned as 'abnormal' or 'perverse'. From Krafft-Ebing's infamous Psychopathia Sexualis (1982) to the latest DSM-5 paraphilic disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), psychology and psychiatry have a long history in defining certain kinds of sexual identities and behaviours as mental illness.

This categorization has not been without criticism or controversy. Some have argued that the paraphilias section within the DSM is so flawed, that is should be removed altogether (Moser & Kleinplatz, 2005). Others have queried who is really perverse here: those who express forms of sexuality considered 'abnormal' or those who restrain, commit, and coerce individuals in the name of 'treatment'?

This conference will examine the concept of 'paraphilias' as produced by psychiatry. It will question and challenge the dominant biomedical model of pathological sexualities and interrogate the tenuous boundary between 'normal' and 'abnormal' sexual categories. It will investigate the role of the paraphilias in other systems, such as law, therapy, and pornography. The conference will consider the intersecting positions of gender, 'race' and culture from historical and contemporary perspectives, and consider the complexity regarding sexuality, pleasure, and consent.

Topics will include

  • The history of the paraphilias

  • Should Paraphilias Be Considered Mental Disorders- the Risk/Benefit Ratio

  • Working with Consensual BDSM and Fetishes: Implications for therapy

  • BDSM/consent and pathologisation

  • Paraphilias and sexual violence

  • "Extreme Pornography", Prosecutions and S and M

  • Paraphilias and law

Abstract Submission


The organizing committee at Medineo is pleased to invite you to submit abstracts for a poster presentation at our (Ab)Normal Sexuality? A Critical Inquiry into the Paraphilias conference (Posters on previously presented work are welcome). Abstracts will be selected on a "first come first serve" basis. Deadline for abstract submission is the 31st March 2014.
All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English and should not be longer than 300 words. Enter the full name of your abstract exactly as it appears in your abstract document. This will be used for printing in the final programme. Author's, whose abstracts are accepted, must attend the meeting and present in person. Abstracts are to be presented as a poster. The size of the poster should be 90 x 120 cm. Ideally, each poster will be self-explanatory, but there will be various sessions where presenting authors are expected to be available near their poster to answer questions and engage in discussions.
All accepted abstracts will be printed in the meeting abstract book. This book will be distributed to all participants at the meeting and is included in the registration fee.

To submit your abstracts please click on this link

Plenary sessions will be interspersed with questions and answer sessions and panel discussions. The meeting represents a valuable opportunity to network, share knowledge and ideas, and consider collaborative projects.

Chaired by:

Dr Jemma Tosh
Lecturer

Chair's welcome and a talk about Paraphilias and sexual violence

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Dr Jemma Tosh

Lecturer





Speakers & topics:

Alex Dymock
PhD Candidate School of Law, University of Reading

History of the paraphilias


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Alex Dymock

PhD Candidate School of Law, University of Reading




Dr Allen Frances
Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University and the author of 'Saving Normal' and 'The Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Should Paraphilias Be Considered Mental Disorders- the Risk/Benefit Ratio

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Dr Allen Frances

Should Paraphilias Be Considered Mental Disorders- the Risk/Benefit Ratio




Dominic Davies
Working with Consensual BDSM and Fetishes: Implications for therapy

Working with Consensual BDSM and Fetishes: Implications for therapy

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Dominic Davies

Working with Consensual BDSM and Fetishes: Implications for therapy




Dr. Meg Barker
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences Milton Keynes

BDSM/consent and pathologisation

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Dr. Meg Barker

BDSM/consent and pathologisation




Professor Clarissa Smith
Centre for Research in Media & Cultural Studies

'Extreme Pornography', Prosecutions and S and M

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Professor Clarissa Smith

Centre for Research in Media & Cultural Studies




Dr Andrea Beckmann
Senior Lecture, University of Lincoln, UK

Paraphilias and law


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Dr Andrea Beckmann

Senior Lecture, University of Lincoln, UK




Programme -subject to change-


Target Audience:

Psychiatrists, Sex Therapists, Feminist Psychologists, Forensic Psychologists, Counsellors (particularly those involved with sexual minorities) and those with an interest in research regarding psychiatry and sexuality



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DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

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  • Minsky's Restaurant
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea  with Live music
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  • Camden Market
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  • 11 meeting rooms with Natural Daylight, free Wifi
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  • Wedding receptions and Private Parties
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Sponsorship

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Please download the Sponsorship PDF for detailed sponsorship opportunities.

The organiser is more than willing to discuss your ideas and adjust available opportunities for your existing materials, presentations or to convert our space to your idea, as long as this does not detract from the conference.

Fore more information and pricing please download the sponsorship pdf or contact us via email or phone:

Mr. Charlie Ioannou
Telephone: 0207 617 7374
Email: charlie@medineo.org

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