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Conference of the Sexuality Studies Association (SSA)



Tuesday, June 2 to Wednesday, June 3, 2015


See pages 38 and 43 of your Congress Guide for conference locations

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Conference program: download the program (PDF, updated 2015-04-28)

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President's Reception: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Access: Only those people who have registered for the conference of the Sexuality Studies Association may attend. Note that registration fees do not cover the association's membership fees. For membership inquiries, please contact the association directly.

Program Chair: Dan Irving, Carleton University
Local Arrangements Coordinator: Justin Smith, University of Ottawa

Twitter: @SexualitySA

Why should you come to Congress?

Trans* Performance Ethnography: Queer Bathroom Stories as Case Study

Keynote speaker: Sheila L. Cavanagh, Associate Professor, York University

This keynote uses trans* performance ethnography to stage emotion and affect in Queer Bathroom Stories the play.  The performance ethnography involves the dramatic staging of trans life-stories for audiences in an arts-based dramatic forum.  The play prompts us to consider questions about trans-representation, art-based cultural politics and audience reception.  

Sheila L. Cavanagh is an Associate Professor in Sociology & former Sexuality Studies Coordinator at York University. Her research is in the area of gender and sexuality with a concentration on queer, cultural, and psychoanalytic theories.  Cavanagh recently co-edited a collection with Angela Failler and Rachel A. J. Hurst titled Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis (2013) published by Palgrave Macmillan. Her first sole-authored book titled Sexing the Teacher: School Sex Scandals and Queer Pedagogies (UBC, 2007) was given honorable mention by the Canadian Women's Studies Association.  Her second sole-authored book titled Queering Bathrooms (UTP, 2010) is a GLBT Indie Book Award finalist and recipient of the CWSA/ACEF Outstanding Scholarship Prize Honourable Mention (2012). Her performed ethnography titled Queer Bathroom Stories premiered at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto, Canada (2014). She has published in a wide range of international refereed journals and writing a book on hysteria and transsexuality in Lacanian psychoanalysis.