2021 Global Online Conference

Global Online Conference 2021


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10-11 September 2021



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Sexuality, gender and intersectionality:
Examining contemporary social work issues

10-11 September 2021 – 15:00-20:00 British Summer Time (BST) United Kingdom

Our 2020 Global Online Conference will explore the themes of sexuality, gender, and intersectionality, and aims to expand knowledge around sexual and gender minorities, issues related to sexuality and gender, and policy/service offer.

The International Sexuality and Social Work Conference invites presenters from interdisciplinary fields to submit proposals for our 2021 online conference September 10-11, 2021.

If you are in the fields of public health, mental health, gender studies, reproductive justice, social care, aging, or other related fields and your work is connected to the practice of social work, please consider submitting your work for our conference.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, GLOBAL ONLINE CONFERENCE 2021 Sexuality & Social Work June 30th at midnight British Summer Time (BST).

Sub-themes of the conference include:

  • Geographical/regional cultural implications for sexualities
  • LGBT+ issues
  • Theoretical implications of queer and post-queer theory
  • Sexual politics and political activism
  • Indigenous sexualities
  • Issues related to sex work
  • Issues connected to living with HIV/AIDS
  • Intimacies
  • How sexualities and genders affect access to health and social services
  • Impacts of COVID-19


Who can attend?

The conference is primarily aimed at social workers who have a special interest in sexuality and gender, but the conference is also aimed at health and social care practitioners, researchers, students, teachers, service users, activists, community organizers, and anyone interested in learning more about sexuality and gender.

Why participate?

The conference will allow delegates to learn about contemporary issues related to gender and sexuality. The main conference theme highlights the ways in which a plurality of sexualities, genders, and various intersectionalities converge to shape contemporary society. This conference thus aims to explore how these complexities inform social work practice, research, and education for not only academics but also for practitioners and service users.


Conference Organising Committee

Alfonso Pezzella
Dr Melissa Bird
Karl Mason
Dr Jose Antonio Langarita
Dr Sulaimon Giwa

Conference Scientific Committee

Prof Annie Pullen Sansfacon
Dr Jama Shelton
Dr Paul Willis
Prof Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Dr Christine Cocker
Dr Jason Schaub
Dr Fiona Meyer Cook
Prof David Brennan
Dr Nick Mulé
Dr Maria Nengeh Mensah
Dr Helen Gleeson
Dr Paul Simpson

Dr. Annie Pullen Sansfaçon

Dr. Annie Pullen Sansfaçon is a Full Professor of Social Work at the University of Montreal and holds the Canada Research Chair on Transgender Children and their Families. Over the past 10 years, she has focused much of her research time on various projects aimed at better understanding the experience of trans youth and their families.

She has published several book chapters and articles on the experience of trans youth and their families, as well as on trans-affirming practices, stressing the importance of social changes in order to ensure trans youth well-being. She is also interested in methodologies that facilitate the inclusion and the empowerment of trans and gender diverse youth in research.   She is the co-author of the book “Supporting Trans and Gender Creative Youth: Schools, Families, and Communities in Action” (Peter Lang, 2014 and revised edition in 2018) and of the first anthology published in the French language on trans-affirming practices with trans and non-binary youth ‘Jeunes trans et non binaires: de l’accompagnement à l’affirmation’ (Remue-ménage, 2021).  She has a long track record of community implication with families of trans youth and is one of the co-founders of Gender Creative Kids Canada, a Montreal-based community organization working with trans children and youth and their families.

Dr. Annie Pullen Sansfaçon is also a researcher at the Research Center for Public Health at University of Montreal, and an Associate Researcher at the School of Social Work of the University of Stellenbosch, in South Africa.  She has won several honours and prizes, including the Quebec Rights and Freedoms Award in 2016, with her daughter, in recognition of their work on behalf of the rights of trans children.


Maurice Tomlinson

Maurice Tomlinson is a Jamaican attorney-at-law and and practical nursing student who works on social determinant of health for persons living with and affected by HIV.

At the HIV Legal Network, Maurice acts as counsel and/or claimant in cases challenging anti-gay laws before the most senior tribunals in the Caribbean, authors reports to regional and UN agencies on the human rights situation for LGBTI people in this region, conducts judicial and police LGBTI- and HIV-sensitization trainings, and facilitates human rights documentation and advocacy capacity-building exercises.

Previously, Maurice was a lecturer of law at the University of Technology in Jamaica and at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He has also worked as a corporate lawyer.
In 2012, Maurice received the inaugural David Kato Vision and Voice Award, which recognizes individuals who defend human rights and the dignity of LGBTI people around the world.

Maurice holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Calgary, an Honours LL.B. from the University of the West Indies, an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Turin (cum laude) and a Certificate of Legal Education form the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. Maurice was called to the Jamaican Bar in 2006. Maurice is scheduled to graduate with a diploma in Practical Nursing in 2022.


Dr. Andrew Jolivétte

Dr. Andrew Jolivétte (Atakapa-Ishak Nation of Louisiana [Tsikip/Opelousa/Heron Clan]),is Professor and Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, San Diego as well as the Founding Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies at UC San Diego. A former professor and Department Chair of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, he is the author or editor of nine books in print or forthcoming including the Lammy Award nominated, Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community; Louisiana Creoles: Cultural Recovery and Mixed-Race Native American Identity; Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change; Obama and the Biracial Factor: The Battle for a New American Majority; Cultural Representation in Native America; Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Commuity (co-editor); Gumbo Circuitry: Poetric Routes, Gastronomic Legacies; American Indian and Indigenous Education: A Survey Text for the 21st Century; and Thrivance Circuitry: Queer Afro-Indigenous Futurity and Kinship.

His scholarship examines Native American, Indigenous, Creole, Black, Latinx, Queer, Mixed-Race, and Comparative Critical Ethnic Studies. Dr. Jolivétte is the 2020-21, MultiRacial Network Scholar in Residence for the American College Personnel Association and the Series Editor of Black Indigenous Futures and Speculations at Routledge.

He is the Board President (and former Executive Director) of the San Francisco American Indian Cultural Center and the Institute for Democratic Education and Culture (Speak Out). He is the former Board President of the San Francisco GLBT Historical Society & Museum, iPride for Multiracial Families and Youth, and a former Board Member of the African American Art and Culture Complex, Restorative Solutions, the DataCenter for Research Justice, SF Black Community Matters, and the Black Community Collaborative of San Francisco. Dr. Jolivétte was recently appointed to the editorial review boards of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal at UCLA and to the new Journal of Transdisciplinary Trauma Studies.

He is the co-chair of the newly formed UC Ethnic Studies Council, is an Education Consultant with the San Francisco Unified School District and with the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. A former Indigenous Peoples representative to the United Nations Forum on HIV and the Law, he has spoken to thousands of college students, educators, government employees, private and non-profit sector organizations over the past two decades across the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and Australia. Jolivette is a Louisiana Creole of West African, Ishak, French, Spanish, Italian, and Irish descent.



Dr. Melissa Bird

As a life coach, author, and fiery public speaker, Dr. Melissa Bird has given hundreds of speeches and workshops across the world, including speaking to audiences at universities, national conferences, and churches. Her combination of education, real-life experience, and practical advice makes her a powerful force of change in the lives of the people she speaks to. Past audience members have described her as “fierce,” “revelatory,” “life-changing,” “enthusiastic,” and “inspirational.”

Dr. Bird creates the genesis for a new brand of leadership and graceful revolution. Her unique life purpose is to use her talents as a healer and a prophet to help others tap into their intuition so that they can harness their magic. Her words awaken revolutionaries, trailblazers, and powerful innovators in the quest for justice. When she’s not building her business, she can be found reading trashy novels, drinking fine whiskey, playing mom to three delicious humans, and loving her punk rock scientist James Thomas Kelly.

Get her FREE book Natural Born Rebel and learn how to awaken your inner revolutionary trailblazer and engage in the quest for justice. You can also connect with Missy at naturalbornrebel.com and on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram @birdgirl1001.





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  • Standard conference fee: £250
  • Student fee: £150*

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Call for papers is now closed.

We invite papers on the themes of (but not limited to):

  • LGBT+ issues 
  • Framing the gender-sexual non-normative with reference to regional/ geographic/ cultural contexts
  • Childhood sexuality 
  • Reproductive justice
  • Sexual politics and political activism
  • Debates around sexual assault laws
  • Issues related to sex work
  • Issues connected to living with HIV/AIDS
  • Intimacies
  • How sexualities and genders affect access to social services
  • Disability and sexuality
  • Theoretical implications of queer and post-queer theory


Abstract submission

Click on this link to submit your abstract: https://easychair.org/cfp/SWSexuality21.
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The deadline for submission is 30 June 2021.


Confirmation of papers accepted will be available from 31 July 2021. Further information about the conference will be available in due course.

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