International Conference on Gender and Sexuality in Asia (CoGen 2018) 12-14 November 2018


Updated November 9, 2018

We are no longer accepting submissions.

Theme: Gender and sexuality justice in Asia: Conflicts and resolutions

In naming gender equality as one of the priorities of the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations (UN) is aware of the continuing inaccessibility of many women to resources that can eradicate the effects of poverty, disempowerment and violence. The UN’s primary concerns in this regard straddle issues of education, health, employment and political representation. The UN recognises that ‘gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world’ (United Nations, n.d.).

The UN has also made statements about discrimination and violence that are based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) (ARC International, 2016). Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2011) referred to implicit and explicit homophobia as ‘a moral outrage, a grave violation of human rights and a public health crisis’. A joint statement by various UN entities in 2015 called for an end to ‘homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination and abuses’ (OHCHR, 2015). In all these official pronouncements, it is evident that the global community is eager to address issues of gender and sexuality justice.

Parallel to the spirit of the UN, numerous scholars around the globe continue to work on issues of gender and sexuality justice. Some recurring topics include the complexities of rights-based activism for women in terms of gender and sexuality rights and attendant legalities (Elias, 2015; Gross, 2008), the disenfranchisement of queer people (Hines, 2009; Offord, 2013), and intersecting issues of gender and sexuality justice with nationalism (Puar, 2007), liberalism (Eng, 2010), ethnicity and race (Hill Collins, 2008; Moore, 2010), migration and social justice (Trương, 2013), disease (Doyal, 2013) and religion (Gnanadason, 2006; Yip, 2008).

CoGen 2018 is eager to join in conversation with the UN and these scholars by exploring and discussing a wide array of issues related to gender and sexuality justice in Southeast, South and East Asia. The Conference is interested in multi-layered nuances that are embedded in conflicts pertaining to gender and sexual justice, and either existing or planned strategies to address and resolve these injustices. Some themes include, but are not limited to the intersection of gender and sexuality justice in Asia with:

Identities and inequalities

  • Dis/ability
  • Ethnicity and race
  • Indigeneity
  • Labour
  • LGBTIQ, patriarchy and heteronormativity
  • Youth and children
  • Custom, tradition and culture
  • Religion, spirituality and theology

Law, rights and criminal justice

  • Crime
  • Bullying, discrimination and harassment
  • Equality and rights
  • Law, regulation and surveillance
  • Military and public service

Politics, globalisation and development

  • Biopolitics
  • Social movements and activism
  • Empowerment
  • Globalisation and postcoloniality
  • Liberalism and the economy
  • Migration, mobility and urbanisation
  • Non-governmental and community-based organisations
  • Politics, leadership and human development
  • Sustainable development

Health, sports and psychology

  • Sports and exercise
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Disease
  • Health, healthcare and medical procedures
  • Pathology and psychology

Literature, education and the arts

  • Film, fandom and television
  • History and art
  • Literature and fiction
  • Education
  • Popular culture, music and entertainment

Sexuality, society and culture

  • Eroticism and desire
  • Privacy and intimacy
  • Family, kinship and marriage


  • Post-humanism and trans-humanism issues
  • Social media, digital media and technology

We are particularly keen on underrepresented research on the aforementioned intersections, and interdisciplinary collaborations. We welcome submissions from early career and established academics, independent and post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students. We will also consider poster presentations of completed research projects from master and fourth-year Honours students. Academic-activist collaborations are particularly welcome.

We are also looking towards a high-quality publishable outcome from this Conference.

Single and panel abstract submissions of 150-200 words in MS-Word format should be emailed to before or by the new deadline of June 30, 2018. Please send only one abstract. Abstracts should contain the title of the presentation, the name(s) of the author(s) and affiliation(s). An email containing a notification of acceptance or otherwise will be sent out on July 31, 2018. If your abstract is accepted, we expect you to be present at the Conference for your own presentation. The deadline for registration and payment of fees is September 24, 2018.


  • ARC International (2016) Principle 30 (YP+10) – Available at: (accessed 21 March 2018).
  • Ban K-M (2011) Secretary-General, in message to event on ending sexuality-based violence, bias, calls homophobic bullying ‘a moral outrage, a grave violation of human rights’. Available at: (accessed 15 March 2018).
  • Doyal L (2013) Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS: Diversity, Inequality and Human Rights in the Global Pandemic. Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
  • Elias J (2015) Realising women’s human rights in Malaysia: The EMPOWER Report. Asian Studies Review 39(2): 229–246. DOI: 10.1080/10357823.2015.1024100.
  • Eng DL (2010) The feeling of kinship: queer liberalism and the racialization of intimacy. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Gnanadason A (2006) ‘We have spoken so long O God: When will we be heard?’ Theological reflections on overcoming violence against women. Theology & Sexuality 13(1): 9–21.
  • Gross AM (2008) Sex, love, and marriage: Questioning gender and sexuality rights in international law. Leiden Journal of International Law 21(1): 235–253.
  • Hill Collins P (2008) Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. New York: Routledge.
  • Hines S (2009) A pathway to diversity?: human rights, citizenship and the politics of transgender. Contemporary Politics 15(1): 87–102.
  • Moore MR (2010) Articulating a politics of (multiple) identities: LGBT sexuality and inclusion in black community life. Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 7(2): 315–334.
  • Offord B (2013) Queer activist intersections in Southeast Asia: Human rights and cultural studies. Asian Studies Review 37(3): 335–349.
  • OHCHR (2015) Joint UN statement on ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. Available at: (accessed 15 March 2018).
  • Puar JK (2007) Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Trương T-Đ (2013) Migration, Gender and Social Justice: Perspectives on Human Insecurity. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.
  • United Nations (n.d.) United Nations: Gender equality and women’s empowerment. Available at: (accessed 15 March 2018).
  • Yip AKT (2008) The quest for intimate/sexual citizenship: Lived experiences of lesbian and bisexual Muslim women. Contemporary Islam 2(2): 99–117.

Conference Committee

The Call for Papers can be downloaded here.

Conference Fees

This Conference is supported by the Global Asia in the 21st Century (GA21) multidisciplinary research platform at Monash University Malaysia. As such, the registration fees have been greatly subsidised to allow for greater participation.

  • Non-student registration fee (local and international, outside Monash University Malaysia): RM200
  • Postgraduate, master and fourth year Honours students student registration fee (local and international, outside Monash University Malaysia): RM100
  • Non-presenting participants (outside Monash University Malaysia): RM100

The conference fee includes:

  • Admission to all sessions on 12, 13 and 14 November 2018
  • Conference materials
  • Lunch and tea breaks

The registration fees do not cover travel, accommodation, breakfasts, dinners and the conference dinner, or any personal expenses.

Please take note that we do not provide any funding.

Conference Registration

If your abstract has been accepted by the CoGen 2018 committee, you may register your participation here. Payment for the registration fee can also be made at this link.

Conference Booklet

The Booklet can be downloaded here.

Keynote Speaker

Wai Ching Angela Wong is currently the Vice President for Programs of United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. She received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School and served for many years at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a faculty of Department of Cultural Studies Religious Studies. During her tenure, she served as Vice-Chair of the Department, headed the Graduate Divisions of Cultural Studies and Gender Studies and many academic programs. She was also the Co-Director of Gender Research Centre of Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, and is on honorary capacity as advisor to Gender Research Centre and Associate Professor of the Divinity School of Chung Chi College. Her research interests include feminist theories, religion, body and sexuality, religion and nationalism, feminist hermeneutics and religious classics, and postcolonialism and Hong Kong Christianity. Her areas of teaching cover French Feminisms; Basic Issues in Intercultural Studies; Colonialism, Imperialism and Culture; Religious Fundamentalism and Asian Cultures; Myth, Fantasy and Culture; Religion and Gender Studies, etc.

She had been awarded with three UGC General Research Fund for her projects on “Hong Kong Christianity and Chinese Women—An Oral History,” “Women Negotiating Cultures: Family Values, Religion and Chinese Patriarchy,” and "Negotiating Culture: A Study of the Chinese Muslim Women in Hong Kong." With her colleagues, she completed a Report on Study on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status (2016), commissioned by the Equal Opportunities Commission of Hong Kong. Some of her publications include The Poor Woman: A Critical Analysis of Asian Theology and Contemporary Chinese Fiction by Women (Peter Lang, 2002); Chinese Women and Hong Kong Christianity: An Oral History (Oxford, 2010); Our Stories Our Bodies: Narrating Female Sexuality in Hong Kong,” Mainstreaming Gender in Hong Kong Society (CU Press, 2009); Negotiating Gender Identity: Postcolonialism and Hong Kong Christian Women,” in Gender and Society in Hong Kong (UBC Press, 2003) and lately, "Between Two Patriarchies: Chinese Christian Women in Postcolonial Hong Kong," in Gendering Chinese Religion (SUNY, 2014). Three recent co-edited books include: Gender and Family in Asia (Routledge, 2014), The Blackwell Wiley Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality (Wiley, 2015) and Christian Women in Chinese Society: The Anglican Story (2018).

Useful Information

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Entry into Malaysia
From airport to hotel  I
From airport to hotel  II
Getting around I
Uber and Grab
What to do in Malaysia I
What to do in Malaysia  II


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