Section on Sex and Gender

Sex and Gender Sections at ASA 2015

The Program Committee (Jessica Fields (chair), James J. Dean, Max Greenberg, Fareen Parvez, Allison Pugh, and Elena Shih) are pleased to announce the 2015 Sex and Gender Section sessions. Our section will sponsor or co-sponsor a total of six open sessions, two invited sessions, and a roundtable session. Thanks to the committee for their work assembling the sessions and to the co-sponsoring sections for their collaboration.


Sex & Gender Roundtables

Organizers: Jennifer Beggs Weber (University of West Georgia) and Nathaniel Burke (University of Southern California)

Intersectional Approaches to Trans Studies

Co-sponsored with LGBT Caucus
Organizers: Angela Jones (Farmingdale State College-State University of New York) and Shantel Buggs (University of Texas, Austin)

This session invites papers that examine how race, ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, class, re-ligion, nationality, and citizenship status shape the lives of trans identified people and the ways trans experi-ences illuminate the workings of social systems. While transphobia is a serious issue worthy of extensive scholarly examination, we are especially interested in papers exploring empowerment and joy through an in-tersectional lens.

Straight Sexualities: Critical Perspectives

Co-sponsored with Sexualities
Organizers: James Dean (Sonoma State University) and Alison Moss (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Critical perspectives on heterosexualities analyze straight sexualities as a set of identity practices, form of privilege, and principle in power relations that organizes gender and sexual orders. For this session, we seek papers that investigate diverse meanings, social arrangements, and hierarchies within the category of hetero-sexuality and help us understand what the sociology of sex, gender, and sexualities offers examinations of normative heterosexualities.

Gender Activism and the Global South

Organizers: Elena Shih (Brown University) and Sasha Maria Rodriguez (SUNY Stonybrook)

This panel will consider global activism—from grassroots organizing to transnational social movements— whose focal orientation includes issues of gender. Such activism addresses, for example, violence and assault, legal and political representation, workers’ rights, religious freedom, and sexuality and gender identities. Facilitating conversation across the diverse repertoires of Global South politics, the panel looks toward transnational feminist solidarity within contemporary gender activism.

Conversations on Feminist Theory

Organizers: Fareen Parvez (UMass Amherst) and Cassaundra Rodriguez (UMass Amherst)

This session aims to generate conversation through papers that reflect on the trajectory and current state of feminist theory. How do feminist scholars respond to critiques of Second and Third Wave scholarship? What tensions and exclusions still challenge feminist theory? Papers may come from a variety of perspectives and em-pirical foundations and may address feminist method, epistemology, movements, and efforts to extend the conversation beyond Western theory.

Sexual Assault and the State

Organizers: Max Greenberg (University of Southern California) and Rebecca Plante (Ithaca College)

This session invites papers examining sexual assault in relationship to medical, legal, penal, academic, military and other state-involved institutions. How do these institutions produce, maintain, normalize, and interrupt violence? How do those animating state institutions make sense of and sometimes contest sexual violence in every-day interactions? We invite a range of understandings of “sexual assault” and “the state,” including those locating their analysis in work on neoliberalism.

Gender, Sexuality, and Work

Co-sponsored with Organizations, Occupations, & Work
Organizers: Allison Pugh (University of Virginia) and Maura Kelly (Portland State University)

We seek papers that address gender, sexuality and work, particularly given the contemporary organization of work and labor relations. Papers could consider how gender identities and sexual identities are salient at work, how workers experience gender- and sexuality-based discrimination, how organizations are gendered and sexualized, and how gender and sexuality intersect with the experience of work flexibility and precariousness.


Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Justice: Considering Criminality

Co-sponsored with Race, Gender, Class
Organizer: Jessica Fields (Associate Professor, San Francisco State University)

Panelists: TBD

This invited session highlights the particular contributions of feminist, critical race, and ethnographic research to understandings of crime, violence, and incarceration. Presenters will locate concerns about criminality in communities, neighborhoods, institutions, and intimate relationships and explore people’s embodied experiences of mass incarceration, surveillance, policing, and marginality.

Intersectionality Theory & Praxis

Co-sponsored with Race, Gender, Class
Organizer: Nancy López (University of New Mexico)

Panelists: Kimberle Crenshaw, Evelyn Nakano Glenn, and Lynn Weber