Sexuality Studies Association – Association d’études de la sexualité

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SSA 2021 Online Conference

March 31, 2021 Update: Conference Site Ready

The SSA/AÉS 2021 conference on the theme of Anti-Black racism and decolonialism will take place June 1 – 3, 2021 online. Following the SSA’s decision to withdraw from Congress 2021 in solidarity with the Black Canadian Studies Association, we have selected an alternative online platform for our conference website.

This conference site is now ready for registration and submission uploads: The submission review process was completed in February 2021 and all presenters have been informed of their acceptance. Presenters are now invited to register for the conference by creating a user account, and then upload their submission by May 1, 2021. Submissions will be shared asynchronously on the conference website, in advance of the conference. You can make a user account now, and return later, before May 1, to upload your contribution.

Submission Types

  1. an extended abstract (1000 words)


  1. a short abstract (150 words) with video or slide presentation (5 minutes).

Please choose the “submission type” on ConfTool that corresponds to your choice.

This submission is the “paper” that will be shared with conference attendees after May 15. We know these formats are shorter than a regular, 15-20 min conference presentation. We’ve consulted with formats from several other online, asynchronous conferences and shorter formats seem to be the most realistic way to encourage people to engage with the materials.


If your submission is part of a pre-consituted panel that was originally accepted for the 2020 conference, please indicate this in the “Remark/Message from the Authors to the Program Committee and Chairs” field of the submission form, so that we can properly organize your submission in the program.


Conference registration is free and can be completed by making a user account at Payment of annual membership dues to the association is still required.

Conference Program

The conference will feature a selection of live events from June 1 – 3, including a keynote address by Dr. OmiSoore H. Dryden, and select workshops and roundtables. The schedule for these live events will be released on or around May 1, on the ConfTool site, and will also be announced here. All live events will take place on zoom, with links accessible through the ConfTool conference site.

The final conference program including all submissions will be available on the ConfTool site by May 15, which gives participants two weeks to read extended abstracts and watch videos when it’s convenient for them, in advance of the conference.

The steering committee is working on a variety of discussion and social opportunities to enliven the asynchronous conference materials, including a text-based discussion/comments feature.


We recognize that there is growing burnout with online events in our communities, but also a desire to come together to learn from each other and build our field. The steering committee has settled on a format that we hope will balance these concerns. We look forward to learning more about your work, and to continuing to build our sexuality studies community together.

If you have questions about this process or difficulties registering or uploading your materials, please email the program coordinator Dr. Cait McKinney: and cc



Past Conferences

SSA|AÉS 2021, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
SSA|AÉS 2020, Western University, London, ON.
SSA|AÉS 2019, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
SSA|AÉS 2018, University of Regina, Regina, SK.
SSA|AÉS 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.
SSA|AÉS 2016, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
SSA|AÉS 2015, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.
SSA|AÉS 2014, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
SSA|AÉS 2013, University of Victoria, Victoria BC
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