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* CANCELLED/POSTPONED – Being Kept Out of Sexual Fields: The Intimate Lives of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in Ontario, Canada with Alan Martino

April 2, 2020 at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Location:A720 Loeb Building
Audience:Anyone, Carleton Community, Current Students, Staff and Faculty
Contact Email:soc-anthro@carleton.ca

In light of recent health concerns, this event has been postponed. This event may be re-scheduled at a later date – more information to come as soon as it is available. Please click here for more information on COVID-19.

The intersection of disability and sexuality remains a taboo topic. Along with this taboo, people with intellectual disabilities are rarely afforded the opportunity to share their experiences and desires when it comes to their intimate lives. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 46 adults with intellectual disabilities in Ontario, and using a sexual fields framework, this research explores how people with intellectual disabilities are kept out of sexual fields – spaces that bring together sexual actors in their pursuit for love, intimacy, and pleasure – through a series of disabling social processes. Processes that impact their willingness and ability to auspiciously “play the field,” but that also inspire forms of resistance and creative strategies to remain sexual.

Alan Santinele Martino is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University. His dissertation looks at the romantic and sexual experiences of adults with intellectual disabilities in Ontario, Canada. His work has been published in journals, including Disability Studies Quarterly, Sociology Compass, and Forum: Qualitative Social Research, and edited volumes focused on disability and/or sexualities studies.

This lecture is part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology Colloquium Series.