Sex rule and state borders in global politics
Laura Sjoberg explores the concept of ‘sex rule’ in state security, arguing that the sexual construction of the state manifests through a state of sex rule, built on a wide variety of networks of sex rules.
The regulation of sex and sexuality exist and matter in global politics, and global politics affects the shape of regulation of sex and sexuality. With Gayle Rubin (1975, 204), Sjoberg suggests that this state of sex rule is context-dependent but stable: “sex/gender systems are not ahistorical emanations of the human mind; they are products of historical human activity.”
This talk presents four contexts where sex rules and the state are intimately intertwined: 1) the practice and legacies of dynastic marriage (building the state); 2) the historical and contemporary multi-faceted control of citizen marriage and reproduction (consolidating the state); 3) the weaponization of the performance of sex acts for partner/marriage migration and asylum cases (controlling entrance to the state); 4) and the wielding of homonormativity as a condition of national membership (consolidating the identity of the state).
From these contexts, the talk builds an initial plausibility case for what ‘sex rule’ is and how it works in global politics and international security.
Date and place
Thursday, 30 March 2023, 13:00 - 14:45
DIIS Auditorium Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, 2100 Copenhagen
Registration and programme
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Laura Sjoberg, Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, Royal Holloway University of London
Atreyee Sen, Department of Anthropology, UCPH
Matthias Humer, Department of Political Science, UCPH
Robin May Schott, Danish Institute for International Studies