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Announcing the 7th Annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!

September 23, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

I am pleased to announce the seventh annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference! It will be held next February prior to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Our last six pre-conferences were wildly successful and we are excited to further build on this tradition.

The next SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference, which is generously sponsored by the American Institute of Bisexuality, will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. The theme will be “sex on the margins.” We selected this theme in order to highlight sexual practices, movements, and identities that are often overlooked in mainstream research. Among the topics that will be highlighted in this pre-conference are bisexuality and Black women’s sexuality.

We will have three keynote speakers, who will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research on a range of topics. Keynotes include:

Dr. Paz Galupo, Towson University

Dr. Galupo will be delivering a presentation on her program of research on bisexual and trans experiences. She is the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Sexuality Research Award from the SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference and sponsored by the American Institute of Bisexuality.

Talk title: “(Re)conceptualizing Sexuality From the Margins: Centering on Bisexual and Trans Experiences”

Dr. Lisa Wade, Occidental College, Author of the book American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

Talk title: “On the Margins of Hookup Culture: Student Diversity and Sex on Campus”

Dr. Morgan Jerald, Macalester College

Talk title: “Multiply Marginalized: Gendered, Racial Stereotypes and Black Women’s Sexuality”

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! There will also be a one-hour symposium in which 3-4 speakers will dig a little deeper into sexual diversity issues. There will also be a sexuality poster session.

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

Please note that registration 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 some sex research 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 come visit New Orleans. Incidentally, the pre-conference just so happens to be during Mardi Gras week! Personally, I’ve never done Mardi Gras in New Orleans before, so I’m excited to check it out!

Although you do not need to register for the main SPSP conference in order to attend our pre-conference, we encourage you to attend both because your pre-conference attendance entitles you to a discount on registration for the main conference.

Hope to see you in New Orleans for a fantastic day of cutting-edge sex research! #SexAtSPSP #SPSP2020

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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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