4 Jul 2013 - 5 Jul 2013 All day CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT


Registrations are now closed.


Robbie Duschinsky (Department of Social Work, Northumbria University)

Véronique Mottier (Department of Sociology / Jesus College & Labso, University of Lausanne)


Scientific Commitee

Daniel Weiss (Cambridge University)

Netta Chachamu (Cardiff University)

Zowie Davy (Lincoln University)

Sally Hines (Leeds University)

Gill Ince (Northumbria University)

Mehreen Mirza (University of Worcester)


Conference summary


This conference brings together social and political scientists, feminist scholars, sexologists, psychiatrists, historians of science, as well as mental health practitioners and sexual rights activists to critically explore the sexual classifications produced by the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published in May 2013. The DSM is the standard reference for the classification of mental disorders, and its first major revision since 1994 is consequently an important global event. The conference will explore which categories of ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’, ‘healthy’ and ‘pathological’ sexualities and identities the new manual produces, and critically scrutinise their consequences for diagnostic practices as well as their wider social and political implications. The conference will take place on 4 and 5 July 2013 at the interdisciplinary Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) of the University of Cambridge. It is financially supported by CRASSH, the Wellcome Trust, the Sexual Divisions Study Group of the British Sociological Association, the French Institute, Northumbria University, the Laboratoire de Sociologie of the University of Lausanne, and The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES).



Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, the British Sociological Association Sexual Divisions Study Group, The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) and Northumbria University.




Accommodation: All conference speakers are staying at Jesus College, Cambridge (where a conference drinks reception will also take place). Jesus College has also made available a limited number of rooms for conference delegates at preferential rates. Delegates who need accommodation in Cambridge need to make their own bookings directly on-line:


to see availability, please enter the code: VM0307

Deadline for booking is 4pm on Wednesday 26 July


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