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Announcing the 5th Annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!

September 13, 2017 by Justin Lehmiller


I am pleased to announce the fifth annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference! It will be held next March, just prior to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Our last four pre-conferences were wildly successful and it is our great pleasure to continue building on this tradition.

The next SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The theme will be “global and cross-cultural perspectives in human sexuality.” All of our invited talks will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research on sexuality and gender issues. In addition, audience members will walk away with a greater understanding of how they might add an international component to their own teaching and research.

Below are our invited speakers, along with their talk titles (for abstracts of each talk, see here):

Dr. Paul Vasey, University of Lethbridge
Intersexual Mate Competition in Two Non-Western Cultures

Dr. Michelle R. Kaufman, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Developing and Testing Interventions to Improve the Sexual Health of Women in Nepal and Ethiopia

Dr. Daragh McDermott, Anglia Ruskin University
Ambivalent Homoprejudice Theory: A Conceptual Discussion and Cross-Cultural Comparison

Dr. Justin J. Lehmiller, Ball State University
Teaching Sex and Culture: Designing a Study Abroad Course as a Sex Educator

As in previous years, there will be a sex data blitz in which a selected group of pre-conference attendees (advanced graduate students and faculty) will present some of their latest research findings in brief. This is always one of the major highlights of the day.

A new addition this year is a one-hour symposium in which 3-4 speakers will dig a little deeper into a range of sexual diversity issues. We are still finalizing the symposium line-up, but the following talks are confirmed so far:

Andrea Haugen, Texas A&M University
Hypersexual Stereotypes as a Cultural Tool of Prejudice

Erik Boyd, San Francisco State University
The New Kink: Human Pup Play in the Contemporary Moment

To learn more about this exciting pre-conference, including information on registering and/or submitting to the data blitz, please visit this site. Registration fees include breakfast, lunch, and two coffee breaks.

Please note that registration for this pre-conference is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so please register early to guarantee yourself a spot and also to take advantage of the earlybird discount!

If you’re already planning to attend SPSP, this is a great way to add more sex to your program. And if you’re a sex educator, researcher, or therapist who doesn’t normally attend SPSP, this pre-conference is a great excuse to come check it out or, at the very least, to visit a warmer climate and fun city in the middle of winter! Although you do not need to register for the main SPSP conference in order to attend our pre-conference, we encourage you to consider attending both because your pre-conference attendance entitles you to a discount on registration for the main conference.

Hope to see you in Atlanta for a fantastic day of cutting-edge sex research! #SexAtSPSP #SPSP2018

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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