Call for Papers

The proposal submission portal closed on February 16, 2018.

Sexualities, Race, and Empire: Resistance in an Uncertain Time

The Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) turned twenty in 2017 amidst political upheaval and revitalized struggles for social justice. Rising tides of dominant nationalisms, aspects of state and non-state terror, surging forms of sexual, racialized, gendered violence, and the complicated effects of empire are evident worldwide in both spectacular and quotidian ways. Sexual subjects and practices are under renewed assault. At the same time, movements to resist these assaults and hegemonies continually point to the ways sexuality, race, gender, nation, religion, and social class are deeply implicated–whether in classrooms or communities, or at national borders.

The Sexualities Section invites you to participate in the second national pre-conference from August 9-10, 2018 in Philadelphia. The two-day conference will precede the Annual Meeting of the ASA, focused on “Feeling Race.” The pre-conference will bring together scholars working in the field of sexuality studies highlighting the connections of sexuality, race, affect and emotion, empire, inequality, and resistance in a variety of sites and contexts. Activities will aim to map and advance the field of sexuality studies, build community, foster dialogues toward collective knowledge, and promote professional development. Across the two days, emerging and established scholars, including students, faculty, and researchers, will have opportunities to generate networks, establish collaborations, and consider sociological careers inside and outside the academy.

Invited Plenaries

To mark two decades of the Sexualities Section, the conference will include plenaries by eminent sexualities studies scholars who will address the following themes:

  • Sexualities, Race, Empire;
  • The Past, Present and Future of Sexualities Studies; and
  • Methodologies in Sexualities Studies.

 Panels and Roundtables

 The preconference will also host open submission panels and roundtables. To be considered, please submit abstracts (250-300 words) for either of the two formats below and limit yourself to one submission. In order to foster dialogues and connections, organizers will assemble individual submissions into panels and roundtables (proposals for pre-assembled panels or roundtables will not be accepted).

Panels: Accepted submissions will be organized into dialogue-based panels. Therefore, participants are asked to make brief presentations (no more than five double-spaced pages) that generate questions and conversations based on their research findings and/or theoretical frames.

Roundtables: Roundtables are intended to encourage informal discussion on topics of interest to participants. Participants will come ready to share ideas and brainstorm new directions.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • intersectional analyses of race and sexuality;
  • sexual intimacies, practices and behaviors;
  • transnational, postcolonial, and/or decolonial queer of color approaches;
  • homonationalism, homophobia, heteronormativity and/or critical heterosexualities;
  • transgender studies and/or intersex studies;
  • disability studies;
  • social movements;
  • mental and physical health;
  • queer theory;
  • sexualities across the life course; and
  • institutions and organizations.

Organized Workshops

In addition, the pre-conference will feature workshops on topics of concern to sexualities scholars navigating challenging professional contexts. Workshop topics will include the following: Please register for workshops at the time of registration to assure you can be accommodated.

  • Incorporating Sexualities, Race, and Empire: A leading scholar in the field will provide a primer for those who are interested in this field of inquiry. The workshop will introduce participants to foundational works in this area, theoretical positions currently being engaged, and possible ways to productively incorporate these thematic into their work.
  • The Job Market for Sexualities Scholars. Members of recent hiring committees will offer job seekers practical advice on what to expect as a candidate on the academic market. Topics will include challenges particular to sexualities scholars; racism, sexism, ableism, and other marginalizations on the job market; and the interdisciplinary academic job market. The workshop will also address academic institutional variations and the particular opportunities and limits they represent for those engaging in sexuality research.
  • Sociology Outside the Academy. Sexualities scholars working outside the academy will share experiences and insights with those considering work outside of higher education. Presenters will discuss the kinds of applied jobs available to sexualities scholars and how best to prepare for these prospects.
  • Peer Dissertation Review and Critique: Participants will bring a one-page abstract of either a dissertation proposal or a dissertation summary to be discussed in small groups of scholars working in related areas.
  • Elevator Speeches: Participants will practice their “elevator speech” in pairs with more established scholars. They will give a 3-minute description of their work, receive feedback, and then rotate around the room to practice with other senior scholars.
  • Professional Queers: Participants will explore the challenges and opportunities for sexuality scholars as we seek and find positions in universities, NGOs, and other sites that often require normative behavior. How can we continue to agitate for change as we secure institutional legitimacy?

The preconference organizers aim to highlight theoretical lenses, methodological approaches, and substantive concerns that sexualities scholars can bring to current or future research projects. Those new to considering race and empire as well as those well-versed in the subjects will find opportunities to think with leading scholars in plenary sessions, pursue dialogue in panel sessions and roundtables, and explore professional concerns in workshops. Mark your calendars now and prepare to join us August 9-10, 2018 in Philadelphia.