Read our Fall 2017 Newsletter

Fall Newsletter
Gender & Sexuality Research Cluster
Canadian Sociological Association

Welcome from your Co-Chairs

We are delighted to issue our first of what we hope will be many bi-annual newsletters for the Gender & Sexuality Research Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association.

This newsletter will act as a platform for members to share their research with each other, as well as other news relevant to sociologists studying gender and sexuality. We hope that you will circulate the newsletter among your respective networks, to build interest in our network and to increase our membership.

As your new co-chairs effective June 2017, we look forward to building on the wonderful work done by our former chair Melanie Heath.

Based on the discussions we’ve had at previous meetings of the CSA, we have developed a three-fold vision for the research cluster as follows:

  1. Building our membership. Our network currently has 40-45 members (small but mighty!), but we know there are plenty more scholars studying gender and/or sexuality at the CSA and beyond. Our intention is to at least double our membership by the next annual CSA conference in 2019 in Vancouver, and to steadily increase our membership in the years that follow. We will work to achieve this goal by increasing the profile of our research cluster (through newsletters and meet-ups at other conferences for example), and by expanding our programming (see #2 & #3 below).
  2. Expanding our research programming at annual conferences. Our members have shared exciting and innovative ideas for research programming with us. This includes bringing in high profile speakers, organizing panels that feature local activists and community members, hosting author-meets-critics sessions, and addressing the most recent debates or developments in theory, methods, empirics, and teaching in gender and sexuality. We will be looking to our members to help expand our programming over the next few years – stay tuned for announcements and feel free to connect with us at gendersexualityrc “at”
  3. Expanding opportunities for mentorship, networking and collaboration. Our vision is to build on models that already work, and to incorporate more opportunities for connection among scholars as our membership grows. This includes events like mentoring breakfasts matching junior and senior scholars with similar research interests, hosting meet-ups at other major conferences throughout the year, connecting folks on social media, organizing fun social outings where members can connect in a less formal setting, and coordinating opportunities for getting involved in social justice issues relating to gender & sexuality. We look forward to implementing these opportunities in the coming years and welcome your input on models for engagement that you’ve seen work elsewhere.

We welcome any feedback you’d like to share on our three-fold vision and look forward to discussing this in more detail at future meet-ups! Stay tuned for announcements and feel free to connect with us at gendersexualityrc “at”

Warm regards,
Paulina and Salina


Recent Books by our members

Garlick, Steve. 2016. The Nature of Masculinity: Critical Theory, New Materialisms, and Technologies of Embodiment. Vancouver: UBC Press.
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Ghaziani, Amin. 2017. Sex Cultures. Boston: Polity Press (Cultural Sociology Series).

In this crisp and compelling book, Amin Ghaziani provides a pithy introduction to the field of sexuality studies through a distinctively cultural lens. Rather than focusing on sex acts, which make us feel flustered and blind us to a bigger picture, Ghaziani crafts a conversation about sex cultures that zooms in on the diverse contexts that give meaning to our sexual pursuits and practices. Unlike sex, which is a biological expression, the word sexuality highlights how the materiality of the body acquires cultural meaning as it encounters other bodies, institutions, regulations, symbols, societal norms, urban environments, values, and worldviews. Think of it this way: sex + culture = sexuality.

Sex Cultures offers an introduction to sexuality unlike any other. Its case-study and debate-driven approach, animated by examples from across the globe and across disciplines, upends stubborn assumptions that pit sex against society. The elegance of the arguments makes this book a pleasurable read for beginners and experts alike.

Ghaziani’s book was recently discussed in the New York Times.

Amin Ghaziani is Associate Professor of Sociology and Canada Research Chair in Sexuality and Urban Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Sex Cultures

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Recent Articles by our members

Abji, Salina. 2016. ‘Because Deportation is Violence Against Women’: On the Politics of State Responsibility and Women’s Human Rights. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society 23(4): 483-507.

Fetner, Tina and Melanie Heath. 2016. “Do Same-Sex and Straight Weddings Aspire to the Fairytale? Women’s Conformity and Resistance to Traditional Weddings.” Sociological Perspectives 54:721-742.

Fox, Bonnie and Elena Neiterman. 2015. Embodied motherhood: Women’s feelings about their postpartum bodies. Gender & Society 29, 5: 670-693.

García-Del Moral, Paulina. 2016. “Transforming Feminicidio: Framing, Institutionalization, and Social Change.” Current Sociology 64(7): 1017-1035.

Neiterman, Elena and Bonnie Fox. 2017. Controlling the unruly maternal body: Losing and gaining control over the body during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Social Science & Medicine 174: 142-148.

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About your Co-Chairs

Salina Abji is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Carleton University. Her work focuses on social activism in response to borders, citizenship, and gender-based violence. Her current project looks at immigration detention in Canada and the gendered and racialized politics of anti-detention activism.

Paulina García-Del Moral is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology and the Center for Research on Gender & Women at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research examines state responses to the killing of women in Mexico and Indigenous women in Canada in the context of transnational feminist activism.

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