Spotlight on the Canadian Journal of Sociology special issue “African Canadians, Gender & Sexuality”

Conference Highlights, Panels and Plenary

Pleins feux sur le numéro thématique des Cahiers canadiens de sociologie “Les afro-canadiens, le genre et la sexualité”

This panel will focus on the unique and timely contribution of the Canadian Journal of Sociology special issue entitled “African Canadians, Gender and Sexuality”, which is the first Canadian Journal of Sociology special issue focused on African Canadians. This guest-edited issue highlights the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) and increases the state of knowledge about gender and sexuality in African Canadian communities. The special issue features qualitative studies conducted in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia and examines topics such as education, policing, sexual agency and romantic relationships. The authors of the five articles will discuss key findings of their research, policy implications and knowledge contribution to the fields of sociology, women and gender studies, and Black studies. Below is a short summary of the authors’ article presentations:

  • Jessica Bundy’s article explores with critical race theory, Black women’s experiences of the police in Digby, Nova Scotia.
  • Gina Lafortune’s article examines through an intersectional lens, how gender impacts the educational trajectories of Montreal CEGEP students of Haitian origin.
  • Carl James draws on critical race theory and positioning theory to describe how middle-school Black boys in Toronto socially position themselves for making the transition to high school.
  • Husbands et al.’s article delves into Toronto Black men’s perceptions of their sexuality and sexual agency, the structural conditions that affect their wellbeing, and how emergent masculinities can provide insights for HIV prevention.
  • Gillian Creese uses intersectionality and critical race feminism to illustrate how gendered and sexualized discourses of Blacknesss influence Vancouver Black young adults’ everyday and romantic experiences.

The guest-editors, Dr. Johanne Jean-Pierre and Dr. Lance McCready will briefly conclude the panel and share some insights.

This session is co-sponsored by the Canadian Sociological Association Equity Subcommittee and Policy, Ethics, and Professional Concerns Subcommittee in partnership with the Black Canadian Studies Association.

Tags: Equality / Inequality, Gender and Sexuality, Race and Ethnicity

Organizers: Johanne Jean-Pierre, Ryerson University, Lance McCready, University of Toronto