Conference Sessions

The preliminary program of Conference sessions is listed below in alphabetical order.  Regular and Roundtable sessions (unless otherwise stated) are open to the call for abstracts, submit online by January 28, 2019.

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Research Cluster affiliated sessions

Keynote Lectures


Panels and Plenary

CSA-SCS Preliminary Program (pdf)

Culture and Inequality

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This session invites papers that examine the role of inequality in shaping culture and of culture in shaping inequality. Potential topics include, How does position within social or economic hierarchies shape individuals' cultural repertoires? When and how does culture affect social stratification? When and how do individuals use culture as a source of social mobility? How do we value or devalue cultural repertoires or strategies associated with particular groups? We welcome papers from diverse methodological and substantive areas, as well as both empirical and theoretical contributions.

Organizers: Kim de Laat, Allyson Stokes, Memorial University

Dating in the Digital Age: Sociological Studies of Digital Sexual Spaces

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In our contemporary erotic sphere, digital spaces have become central sexual arenas. We have witnessed the emergence and burgeoning of a variety of digital sexual spaces where sexual actors can consume pornography, meet romantic and sexual partners, and explore fantasies and fetishes. From to, digital spaces have opened possibilities for new sexual desires, practices, intimacies, subjectivities, and identities. This session aims to contribute to the empirical and theoretical sociological literature on dating and the erotic sphere in this digital age. We welcome submissions that aim to expand and re-imagine current theories to push our sociological imagination of sex and sexuality into the digital age. Submissions that offer potential research methods for empirically examining digital sexual spaces are also welcome. We are interested in papers that take critical and intersectional approaches, addressing how social locations, such as race, gender, sexualities, and class, within digital spaces affect the ways in which desires are structured and how ‘sexual actors’ navigate digital sexual spaces. We invite scholars to offer ways of understanding the mutual imbrication between sexual fieldsspaces, sexualities, and technologies. Areas of theoretical and empirical investigation may include, for example -social groups who are excluded from digital sexual fields or marginalized within them, -forms of stratification and inequalities within digital sexual fields, -the initiation and dissolution of romantic relationships that are complicated within digital spaces, -racism, disableism, sexism in digital spaces, -hierarchies of desirability being negotiated in these digital sexual fields, -“niche” online spaces for a variety of sexualities, sexual desires, and sexual practices, -the regulation of these sexual spaces, sexual harassment and violence in digital spaces, -the critical role of digital sexual spaces in enabling and constraining sexual preference structures based on age, race, class, body types, etc., -the emergence of desires, subjectivities, and identities within online sexual spaces.

Organizers: Alan Santinele Martino, McMaster University, Emerich Daroya, Carleton University, Nicole Andrejek, McMaster University

Decolonization and Intersectionality in Gender and Sexuality

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This session invites papers that engage theoretically and/or empirically with decolonial and/or feminist intersectional approaches to gender and sexuality studies. While the importance of such approaches in gender and sexuality studies has been well established, there remains much more work to be done. This panel will explore how sociologists can apply and extend decolonial and intersectional theories and methodological strategies in the contemporary political moment. What can such approaches offer to our analyses of right-wing attacks on women’s reproductive rights and LGBTQIA+ rights, femicide and rape culture, mass incarceration and criminalization of Indigenous, racialized and migrant communities? What still needs to be done and where do we go from here?

Organizers: Paulina Garcia de Moral, University of Guelph, Salina Abji, Carleton University

Decolonizing Canada: Critically Considering Settler Solidarity During Indigenous Led Efforts

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How have settlers practiced their relational responsibilities to decolonize Canada? What are the expressions of those practices? As Indigenous peoples determine their futures by leading the way to refuse as well as undo colonial systems and policies, expressions of settlers acting in solidarity have looked different across space and time in Canada. This session calls for papers which focus on moments of settlers organizing and acting in solidarity with Indigenous peoples, supporting efforts to build anti-colonial, anti-imperial movements and coalitions, and contributing to practices which center Indigenous pathways to self-government, self-determination and decolonization. This session is additionally seeking papers which explore the complexities that arise when settlers practice a politics of solidarity with Indigenous peoples and engage social movement work inspired by an anti-imperial and a decolonial praxis. Your paper may highlighting what solidarity work has been done, who is doing the work, who is not, and why not. Additionally, you can address what the different ways of doing the former work have been, as well as what can be learned from it. Your paper may address one or more of the former questions. Please ensure that you have described your research methodology in the abstract. This is a jointly sponsored session between Canadian Sociology Association, Canadian Political Science Association, and Society for Socialist Studies.

Organizer: Binish Ahmed, Ryerson University

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