Panic. Time has stopped. The normal is paralysed (Manchev 2020). This moment when everything freezes, followed by an impending feeling of looming danger was called in Ancient Greece panic, Πανικός, « from Pan ». Panic signifies the proximity of the God Pan, invisible and ubiquitous, for his music was capable of arousing inspiration, sexuality, or even panic itself, depending upon the God's intentions (Ruck 1994).

Indeed, panics - which generate a continuum where all limits are erased and all thresholds are annihilated - can be financial, medical, religious, ecological or philosophical. They can also be sexual. 

The SEX Pan!cs international conference, hosted by EROSS@DCU, aims to discuss the grammar, the doxa and the episteme of sex panics. In doing so, we wish to provide an open and interdisciplinary platform upon which to explore the sociological and ontological rationale of sex panics, as well as their role and representation in different art forms (visual art, cinema, literature, dance) or cultural artefacts (television, media, digital platforms).

We invite papers from any aspect of Sexuality Studies (LGBT, Masculinity, Queer or Women's Studies) that relate to historical or contemporary sex panics. We will also consider other non-standard presentations (action-research, performance). The conference aims to engage a kaleidoscopic approach to sex panics, so we welcome contributions from a wide range of disciplines:

This is why we welcome contributions that engage with a kaleidoscopic approach to sex panics when dealing with:

Age studies (gerontology, paedophilia, teenage sex, trans children)

Body studies and non-normative/non-hegemonic sexual practices (female ejaculation, fisting, masturbation, nipples, periods)

Cyberstudies (cybersex, online platforms, revenge porn, sexting)

Dissidence studies (BDSM, chem sex, flashers, kink, masturbation, orgies, paraphilias, peeping Toms, public sex, sex addictions, sex work)

Family and Parenting studies (consent, incest, internet use, sex education) 

Literary studies (diaries, fairy tales, gore literature, vampiric literature) 

Masculinity Studies (femmephobia, incels, sexual violence)

Medical humanities (artistic, literary or mediatic treatments of pandemics: COVID, HIV, hysteria, monkeypox, smallpox, syphilis)

Migration studies (imagology, racism, sex slavery, sex trafficking and xenophobia)

Porn Studies (a-/im-/morality, ethics, fear)

Queer Studies (cross dressing, drag queens and drag kings, trans and intersex people, trans panic) 

Space Studies (boarding schools, brothels, convents, cruising spaces, hospitals, prisons, public bathrooms, saunas)  

Visual studies (censorship, erotica, voyeurism)

Women’s Studies (female genital mutilation, femicide, honour killings, in vitro fertilisation, sex workers, TERFs, virgins, witches)