American Sociological Association

Section on Sociology of Sexualities

Announcements Archive

Announcements are listed below, in reverse-chronological order.

 

Michael Kimmel Announces the 2014 Martin P. Levine Memorial Dissertation Award Winner/Honorary Mention

June 13, 2014 - For Immediate Release

Washington, DC - The ASA Section on the Sociology of Sexualities is pleased to share the recent announcement of the 2014 Martin P. Levine Fellowship recipient and honorary mention. Granting $3,000.00 to a winner, and $500.00 to a honorary mention, this is still the single, largest award offered through the American Sociological Association.

Professor Michael Kimmel, who manages the estate of this fellowship, has made public that Kate Averett (UT Austin) has been selected the winner of this award for her proposal: “Gender, Sexuality, the Family, and Homeschooling.” This project examines changing discourses of childhood gender and sexuality in the United States, looking at the motivations of parents who homeschool their children to reveal some of the ways that gender and sexuality factor in to parents’ decisions about what children need and who can best provide it.

This year, the committee, led by Kimmel, also selected an Honorable Mention, which goes to Abigail Ocobock (University of Chicago), for her proposal: “The Invisible Hand of marriage: Gay men and lesbians’ relationships in a new institutional context.” Her dissertation investigates how marital access and status shape gay men and lesbians’ couple, family, and community relationships. It is a mixed methods project that compares the experiences of married and unmarried gay men and lesbians with access to legal marriage in Massachusetts to those without access to legal marriage in Indiana.

The committee is comprised of Kimmel (Chair), and changes every year, with new ASA section/caucus leadership. This year, Kimmel was joined by the Chair of the Sex and Gender Section (CJ Pascoe), the Chair of the Sexualities Section (Salvador Vidal-Ortiz), and a representative from the LGBT Caucus (Michael Yarbrough).

As a section that actively supports this award every year, we are extremely enthusiastic about this year’s selection, and look forward to honoring them this August in San Francisco. Vidal-Ortiz, Chair of the Sexualities Section, noted: “the scholarship produced in this competition has shown tremendous potential to engage serious theoretical issues in sexuality; in addition, these projects think about gender and sexuality in critical ways, and engage the issues of our times with a critical lens.”

About the Award

The Martin Levine Memorial Dissertation Award was established to honor the memory of Martin Levine, who died of AIDS in 1993.  It provides $3,000 to a graduate student (and $500 to an honorable mention) in the final stages of dissertation research and writing, who is working on those topics to which Levine devoted his career: 1) the sociology of sexualities, 2) the sociology of homosexuality, and 3) HIV/AIDS research.  It is designed to help students complete their dissertations, and as such the committee evaluates dissertation proposals rather than completed work.

 

Section on Sexualities | Carole Vance Awarded 2014 Simon and Gagnon Award

Professor Carole Vance of Columbia University Receives 2014 Simon and Gagnon Award

March 23, 2014 - For Immediate Release

Washington, DC - The ASA Section on the Sociology of Sexualities is pleased to announce Carole Vance as this year's recipient of the Simon and Gagnon Award for career contributions to the field of sexualities studies. The Simon and Gagnon Award commemorates decades of research and writing on sexualities by Professor William Simon (University of Houston) who died on July 21, 2000, and his longtime collaborator, Professor John Gagnon (SUNY-Stony Brook). The Simon and Gagnon Award honors career contributions to the study of sexualities in sociology and the social sciences, and it is the most prestigious award granted by the ASA Section on the Sociology of Sexualities.

Professor Vance’s career has been an inspiration to us all for the critical role she has played in forging a space for alternative feminist analyses of sexuality, beginning with her field-changing book Pleasure and Danger. Equally important has been her work as an institution-builder for scholars working at the intersections of feminist theory and critical sexuality studies. Her work has had an incredible impact globally in terms of extending critical sexuality studies through teaching and mentorship. For all these reasons and more, we are extremely enthusiastic about this year’s selection, and look forward to honoring her this August in San Francisco.

About the Award

The Simon and Gagnon Award honors career contributions to the study of sexualities as represented by a body of work or a single book.  This award commemorates decades of research and writing on sexualities by Professor William Simon (University of Houston) who died on July 21, 2000, and his longtime collaborator, Professor John Gagnon (SUNY-Stony Brook). 

 

Mini-Conference Papers

Sociology of Sexualities:

Assessing the State of the Field

Produced by Crossing Boundaries, Workshopping Sexualities
ASA Sexualities Section, Preconference Workshop
Denver, CO, Aug 20-21, 2012

In August 2012, the Sociology of Sexualities section held it’s first ever stand-alone mini-conference (you can find an archive of the conference website here). Each participant was assigned to a workgroup and each workgroup was asked to write a brief working paper laying out the key theoretical questions in these areas and assessing the most significant areas for future research. We asked each workgroup to focus on methodological concerns and ways to negotiate these issues. We hope that hese working papers will provide a resource for graduate students as well as faculty working in the field.

Crossing Boundaries, Workshopping Sexualities is supported by a grant from the American Sociological Association's Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award supported by the American Sociological Association and the National Science Foundation. We would also like to thank our generous co-sponsors, the ASA Section on Sexualities, the ASA Section on Sex and Gender, the Caucus on Transnational Approaches to Gender & Sexuality, the University of Colorado-Denver, the University of Denver, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Below, please find links to downoad each working paper individually. You can also click here to download them in their entirety as a single PDF file.

  1. HIV/AIDS
  2. Critical Heterosexualities
  3. Ethnographic and Inteview Methods
  4. Sexuality, Law, and Citizenship
  5. LGBTQ Histories
  6. Media and Sexualities
  7. Queer of Color Approaches
  8. Sex Work / Trafficking
  9. Sexual Communities
  10. Sexual Health and Science
  11. Social Movements and Sexualities
  12. Transgender / Gender Queer
  13. Transnational Sexualities
  14. Violence and Sexualities
  15. Youth and Sexualities

Sincerely,

Mary Bernstein, University of Connecticut
Chair, Steering Committee, Crossing Boundaries, Workshopping Sexualities