Conference

3–5 June 2019
Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University

Call for papers

Important dates

January 30th 2019

Deadline for 300-500 word abstract together with a 1-page CV detailing your research interests to sexualknowledgeBrno@gmail.com

February 2019

Notification of acceptance for the workshop

May 1 2019

Deadline for a summary of your paper (no more than 3000 words) to sexualknowledgeBrno@gmail.com

About the conference

The history of sexology has recently shown consider able interest in exploring the global dimensions of the emergence of sexual science. Important work has begun to chart the world-wide transnational networks of exchange and expertise, and examine how sexual science assumed different shapes in various locales. Such scholarship has explored the translation, interpretation and circulation of sexual knowledge across linguistic, cultural and national boundaries. It has begun to recognize that sexual scientific knowledge was constituted by and then transformed through dynamic, multi-directional and truly global interactions.

East-Central Europe played a key role in shaping the development of sexual science from the 1880s onwards, yet relatively little attention has been paid to the history of sexual science in non-German speaking East-Central Europe and its significance in global networks of knowledge production. One goal of this conference is to bring the history of sexual science in East-Central Europe into the global history of sexology.

The aim of this conference is to enhance our current understandings of the transnational histories of sexual science in its broadest sense, from psychoanalytic and medical debates about and approaches to gender and sexuality, to conversations about sex and sexuality in literature, theatre and art, to the impacts of scientific notions of sex on politics.

Venue

Faculty of Social Studies address: Joštova 10, Brno, 602 00, Czech Republic.

How to get to Brno

By Plane

  • To the international Airport Brno-Tuřany regularly served by flights from London (Stansted) and München. From the airport, you can get to the city center (Hlavní nádraží station) by bus number E79 (or N89 at night) which departs from the airport every 30 minutes. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes and costs 25 CZK.
  • To Vienna International Airport (Schwechat), from which you can easily get to Brno by train with change at Vienna Hauptbahnhof, operated by ÖBB and České dráhy(Czech Rails). Planning your journey and buying the ticket online in advance would help you to avoid long waiting times and enable you to get a substantial discount. The journey will take about 2 hours. There is also a direct bus connection from the airport served by Regio Jet/Student Agency or by Leo Express. The journey from airport to Brno would take approximately 2,5 hours. Bus companies do not operate at night hours.
  • To Václav Havel Airport Prague (Ruzyně), from which you can get to the city center by a public transporation (or taxi). The Airport express (EA, 60 CZK) shuttle bus will take you to the Prague Main Train Station (Hlavní nádraží), from which the trains go every hour (during daytime) operated by České dráhy (Czech Rails), Regio Jet/Student Agency or Leo Express. There are also several bus lines between Prague and Brno (Regio Jet/Student Agency, Flixbus, Eurolines), usually from Florenc Coach Station. You can find suitable connection on IDOS webpage. The journey from airport to the city center takes approximately 35 minutes, the train or bus from Prague center to Brno takes 2,5 hours.

By train

  • Due to its position in between the Central Europen capitals (Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest), Brno has a great train connection to the wider region, with direct lines to Berlin, Dresden, Hamburk, Vienna, Budapest, Graz etc. The EuroNight Metropol and RailJet trains stop here. Plus the Central railway station (Hlavní nádraží) is located right next to the historic city centre. Currently, there is a traffic closure: majority of the trains are re-routed via Lower railway station (Dolní nádraží). This railway station is near the Centrail railway station and the bus from Lower railway station to Centrail railway station leaves approximately every 10 minutes. If your train stops at Lower station, you are eligible to use this bus for free. You can plan your connection via IDOS.

By bus

By car

  • Brno is connected to other cities by D1 (Prague to Ostrava) and D2 motorways (Bratislava). For using the motorway, you have to buy a vihnette (10 days for 310 CZK, available at petrol stations, Czech Post) and place it on the front window. There are several parkings around the city center, you can find the actual capacity on the BKOM page (in Czech only, look at "Volná parkovací místa").

Getting around Brno and accessing the Faculty of Social Studies

Faculty of Social Studies address: Joštova 10, Brno, 602 00, Czech Republic.

Public transport in Brno is provided by the South Moravian Integrated Public Transport System (IDS – JMK) and offers a wide variety of possibilities - trams, buses and trolley buses. Tickets are available at almost every station from the yellow ticket vending machines, at "Tabák" stores (same prices) or from a driver (more expensive, you can only pay with an exact amount of CZK). The nearest stations to the Faculty are Komenského náměstí (tram number 4) or Česká (tram number 4, 9, 12, 5, 6, 3, 11). The public transport in cheap, relatively comfy and very reliable. There are also several taxi points around the city center and a bike sharing system.

However, the city center is walking friendly and a pedestrian zone leads you comfortably from the Main Train Station, the most important transportation nod, almost directely to the Faculty building itself (at Joštova 10 street) via Masarykova street, Náměstí Svobody, Česká street and then left via Joštova street to its very end. The Faculty will be located on right, next to one of the most important Brno landmarks - the "Red Church".  It will take about 15 minutes to get there.  

For more information see GO TO BRNO or DPMB (Brno Transportation Company).

Accomodation

You will be accomodated in Hotel Continental, situated near the Brno city centre and Faculty of Social Studies. The address is Kounicova 6, Brno, 602 00. 

 

How to get to Hotel Continental

Hotel Continental is a few minutes on foot near the tram and bus stop Česká. By tram: It is easily accessible from the Central railway station (Hlavní nádraží): the quickest option is Tram 4 (to Úvoz), which goes through the city centre. You can also take Tram 12 (to Technologický park) or Tram 9 (to Lesná, Čertova rokle). On foot: If you want to enjoy a quick walk, you can go through the city centre and reach the hotel from the Central railway station in less than 30 minutes. By car: If you are travelling by car, Hotel Continental offers its guests a monitored parking spot without the need of prior reservation. The fee for a parking spot is 250 CZK per one night.

Hotel services

The room includes a Wi-Fi connection, a safe, a minibar, a coffee and tea set, a hairdryer and a TV. A rich buffet breakfast is also included in your stay.

Practical information

Internet access at the Faculty of Social Studies is provided by the Eduroam network. For those without an Eduroam account, a guest account will be created during the registration at the conference venue.

The faculty surroundings offer a wide variety of dining options. Whether you prefer to taste some traditional dishes with a generous portion of beef or pork and dumplings or you prefer a healthier lunch, vegetarian or vegan meals and international cuisine, you will find them easily. The page GO TO BRNO can help you with the selection. You can also consult Zomato, Foursquare and other apps for daily offers (“Denní menu”) that many places prepare during the lunch hours for lower prices (from 90 to 130,-CZK).

About Brno

The New York Times "Places to visit" guide 2016, Brno holds #27

„Known mostly for its minimalist architecture, the Czech Republic’s second city is finally starting to earn praise for its food and drink, with last year’s new bars Super Panda Circus and Lucky Bastard Beerhouse joining the revered three-year-old Bar, Který Neexistuje (The Bar Which Doesn’t Exist). Stylish new restaurants like Pavillon, Il Mercato and Koishi offer pitch-perfect takes on French, American, Japanese and regional Italian cooking, among others, while third-wave coffeehouses Coffee Fusion and Cafe Mitte make it easy for overnight guests from nearby Prague and Vienna to shake off the excess of the previous evening on their way to the remarkable Villa Tugendhat.“

For more info you can read the whole review of Brno cafe and coctail culture by Evan Rail for NYT Travel: "In Brno, Drinks for Morning, Noon and Night."

The Lonely Planet Guide about Brno

"Among Czechs, Moravia’s capital has a dull rep: a likeable enough place where not much actually happens. That ‘nothing to do here’ feel was cemented in the early 2000s by the hit local film Boredom in Brno (Nuda v Brně), and, sadly, not many people have gone back to reappraise their opinions. The reality, however, is very different. Tens of thousands of students who attend university here ensure a lively cafe and club scene that easily rivals Prague's. The museums are great too. And if you add in some excellent microbreweries and at least two of the country's best restaurants, there's plenty to reward more than a transit stop."

Rough Guides about Brno

"Brno evolved into the handsome, red-brick city of today in the ninetenth century, when it was a major textile producer and known as “rakouský Manchestr” (Austrian Manchester). The capital of Moravia, Brno’s vital energy has produced 11 universities, a powerful economy and a number of famous Czechs, including inventor of genetics Gregor Mendel, composer Leoš Janáček and novelist Milan Kundera."

BRNO USE-IT MAP and tips "by locals"

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