Call for Abstracts: Transgender & the Life Course

Call for Abstracts: Transgender & the Life Course

Eastern Sociological Society Meeting, February 20-23, 2014 at Baltimore Hilton

A Life Course perspective prioritizes a linear, yet dynamic, model of progression such that analyses focus on processes and change with an emphasis on cumulative effects of individual choices, opportunities, policies and programs throughout different life stages. A recent intervention prioritizes sexuality, as evidence by the volume Sex for Life: From Virginity to Viagra, How Sexuality Changes Throughout Our Lives edited by Laura M. Carpenter and John DeLamater (2012).

Transgender lives, however, have been slow(er) to come on scene, at least from a life course perspective (see Tarynn M. Witten and Stephen Whittle, for example). This regular paper session invites scholars who draw attention to these questions and topics -with original, empirical data and analysis, as well as foundational, theoretical inquiry –

  • Invisible Transgender work over the Life Course
  • Historical and Geographical role in the development of “transsexual,” “transgender,” and “trans*” knowledge, identities, practices, and communities
  • Transgender Adolescents & Youth, Middle age, Seniors
  • Family: Relationships Built, Severed, & Redefined
  • Employment: Networks, Promotions & Demotions, Turning points
  • Transgender Pathways through public/private schools, colleges & universities
  • Transgender Sexuality over the Life Course

Please consider sending an abstract (up to 350 words) or full paper directly to the session organizer, Tre Wentling, at tlwentli@syr.edu. Submissions must have subject line “ESS Transgender Life Course” and be submitted by October 11, 2013. Abstracts or papers that are not accepted will be forwarded to the main conference for general submission. 

About Susan Forrest

LearningTrans.org, co-founder Los Angeles, County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force, chair Los Angeles, County HIV Mental Health Task Force, secretary
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