Gender and Sexualities

Since the beginning of time, sexuality has had an overwhelming influence on how human life is organized. In different cultures and at different times in history, sex has been regarded in greatly varying ways, ranging from a complete physical and spiritual experience to a deadly sin. Since regulating sexuality and sexual behaviour is exercising power and control, there has always been stigma associated with a variety of sexual orientations, acts and practices, stigma that has sometimes even led to the exclusion, imprisonment or even death of their exponents. In spite of this, sexual variety exists even in the most oppressive kinds of society, as nature prevails over prejudice and repression. This project seeks to explore and discuss the various kinds of sexuality, sexual orientations and sexual practices and to identify ways to paint sexualities in a positive and stigma-free light.


Intimacy and Love
What does it mean to love? What does it mean to be intimate?   What is the connection between romance, intimacy, and love?  Such broad questions, yet such diverse and personal answers.  This project endeavours to explore romance, intimacy and love within the context of persons and interpersonal relationships and across a range of critical, contextual, and cultural perspectives.

The Kink project aims to investigate the ways in which kink is being portrayed and practiced in people’s lives and to highlight the different, often conflicting ways it is portrayed in the media. We hope to bring to light both the center and the fringes, creating a safe space in which to discuss, analyze, think about, and ask and answer questions about the ways that kink has been and continues to be a viable, healthy, exciting and safe expression of sexuality, and to examine taboos, stigma, discriminatory practices, biases and assumptions made about those who practice it.

Sexual and Gendered Violence
Sexual and gendered violence is a matter that affects individuals, communities and societies alike. Present in all cultures and walks of life, it ruins lives, destroys families, breaks trust and encumbers economies. The stream seeks to create a lasting network of professionals across all fields, to isolate and explore the critical issues, pressing matters and recent developments in this field of activity, identify areas to be subsequently explored and to generate collaborative action that will lead to real, lasting change in the way sexual and gendered violence is perceived and approached in institutional settings and that will bring a useful contribution to the curbing of this phenomenon on a local and global scale.

Sexual Citizenship
Exploring the relationship between sexuality and personhood, this project seeks to understand how sex and sexuality shape citizenship, belonging, identity, and expression. Embracing an ethos of cultural humility, we wish to explore how sexual citizenship manifests organically within and across communities and cultures

Sexuality and Technology
It has become evident that Technology is affecting our Sexuality.  From how we form, maintain, and end relationships to how we seek and have sex, technology has a pervasive impact on every facet of our sexuality.

The Erotic
The erotic. A complex, tangled and ephemeral web of meeting points, interfaces and intersections at the heart of human living and thinking. Meeting points of intimacy, sensuality, arousal, sexuality, longing and desire. Interfaces between aesthetics, taste, art, photography and tactile textures, between music, performance, dance and movement and the object of fashion, design, marketing and social mass appeal. Intersections across ethical, political, social, economic, cultural, psychological and philosophical insights. The erotic unites, highlights, undermines and subverts the emotional and intellectual; stands at the heart of (sexual) relationships, orientations, acts and behaviours; and remains compellingly unique to us all.

Development Team

The Gender and Sexualities project is initially being developed by a small global team. As the project begins to evolve and in light of the events and activities we run, further members will be added to the development team. If you would like to join and help develop the future of the project, please drop us a line.

Kristine Seitz is a sex educator, therapist, and consultant practising in the Philadelphia PA area in the US. With nearly ten years experience in the sexual violence field, she has expanded her expertise to include providing therapy to individuals and couples experiencing anxiety, communication and intimacy issues, depression, grief and loss, infidelity, relationship issues, sexual abuse, sexuality concerns, and trauma. Kristine is an LGBTQIA+ ally and is kink and poly aware and affirming.

Natalia Kaloh Vid is an assistant professor at the Department of Translation Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor in Slovenia. She holds a Ph.D. degree in translation studies from the University of Maribor (Slovenia) and also another Ph.D. degree in contemporary Russian literature from the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). She is the author of the books Ideological translations of Robert Burns’s Poetry in Russia and in the Soviet Union published in 2011 and The Role of Apocalyptic Revelation in Mikhail Bulgakov’s Prose, published in 2012.