post-conference training

We are pleased to announce the V IASSCS Post-Conference Training following the IX IASSCS Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 1st to 6th, 2013. IASSCS’ mission is to strengthen social and cultural research on sexuality globally. We are committed to building equity in research capacity worldwide and to a broad range of research activities, including strengthening communication among researchers, policy makers, and activists.

Training fellows, assisted by local and invited international faculty, will explore current issues in sexuality and gender in lectures, seminars, fieldwork, film screenings, and peer review sessions. This seven-day intensive training program immediately following the IASSCS Conference will provide a unique opportunity for participants to discuss theories of sexualities and research methodologies, exchange ideas, apply new knowledge to their work, and network with peers.


As in previous years, a training program on sexuality (conducted in English language) will be held after the Conference. IASSCS provides partial or full fellowships to participants in this program who will also be presenting their work at the conference.

During the training, well-established international scholars and activists will give lectures and promote discussions on relevant topics, including contemporary sexuality studies and research (epistemologies, objects and methods); sexuality in research (research practice, theory and ethics); the contexts and uses of sexuality research (the interplay of academia, activism, and public policy); sexual regulations, morality and the state (sexuality and the law); language and sexuality; body matters; thinking sexuality intersectionally; and emergent issues in sexual politics, such as new moral anxieties and regulations, and this year’s IASSCS’ congress theme: what’s love got to do with it?

The training course will focus on theory and methods in sexuality studies. Training fellows will receive critical mentorship in the development of their own research projects. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to fellows who successfully complete the training program, and fellows will be eligible for further mentoring, opportunities for publication, and financial support from IASSCS.



The Post-Conference training is intended for graduate students and researchers in the social sciences, humanities, and other disciplines, currently working on sexuality-related topics. It is a requirement that applicants show evidence of a commitment to research in this field, and that they are at a formative stage in their careers (e.g., finishing Master’s requirements, or beginning a PhD program). This is an advanced course, so some familiarity with sexuality studies is expected.

To be eligible, applicants must have an abstract (for a paper or poster) accepted at the IX IASSCS Conference, and be available to stay in Buenos Aires for the full conference and training course, i.e., August 28th through September 8th, 2013. Applicants must also be fully proficient in English.

Individuals from developing countries and the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply.


Applicants must submit all of the following documents, in English, to their Conference Profile, by June 1st 2013:

  1. Training fellowship application form (available at the Conference website);
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae;
  3. Personal statement (500 word limit) describing your career/studies, and (i) how your research career/studies specifically relate to the IASSCS mission and vision; (ii) why you are interested in the IASSCS training program; (iii) and how participation will enhance your future research career/studies.
  4. A research proposal summarizing the research project you will work on during the post-conferencetraining. The project proposal must be original and must not be yet undertaken (or be at its preliminary stages). It may be a PhD dissertation proposal, report or manuscript, or a grant proposal. The proposal must be clear and concise, no more than five pages (.12 fonts, double spaced), excluding references or bibliographies.
  5. Fellowship applicants only: please submit a brief statement about your financial situation and need for financial assistance.

Deadline for application
The deadline for the conference training application is June 1st 2013.

Financial information
IASSCS provides partial or full fellowships to attend the training course. The IASSCS Post-Conference fellowship covers one or more of the following:

- Registration fee
- Flight fare (least-expensive, most-direct economy flight)
- Room and board and/or subsistence allowance for 7 days

Individuals from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply for fellowship.

Note: Applicants may apply for both the IASSCS Post-Conference training fellowship and the IASSCS Conference scholarship. If applying for the training fellowship only, applicants will be responsible for their Conference-related expenses before the training begins.

Submission and inquiries
Submit your application through the Conference profile you created at the IX IASSCS Conference website. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation message. If you have any questions concerning the application process, the conference, or the training program, please contact us at

Selection will be based on the applicant’s consistent and original scholarship (documented by studies, publications, fieldwork, etc.), involvement with, and commitment to, sexuality research. Applications from a variety of professional fields and institutional backgrounds are welcome. Decisions will be made by the IASSCS Training and Program Committee and acceptance letters will be e-mailed by early July 2013.


The distinguished guest faculty for IASSCS’ 2013 Post Conference Training:

Jane Bennett (South Africa)
 Jane works at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town, where she is the head of the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics.

Sonia Correa (Brazil)
Sonia is founder of the leading Brazilian feminist organization SOS Corpo – Feminist Institute for Democracy. She is Associate Researcher at Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), and the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA).

Gary Dowsett (Australia)
Gary is Deputy Director and Personal Chair at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. He is as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Gillian Fletcher (Australia)
Gillian is Senior Reviews Editor of Culture, Health and Sexuality Journal and Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.

Mark Padilla (USA)
Mark is Associate Professor at the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University.

Mauro Cabral (Argentina)
Mauro is Co-Director of GATE (Global Action for Trans* Equality) and member of the Editorial Board of the Transgender Studies Quaterly (Duke) as well as of the Latin American Consortium on Intersex Issues. 

Resident Team

Horacio Sívori (Coordinator), Centro Latino-Americano em Sexualidade e Direitos Humanos, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Daniel Jones, Instituto Gino Germani, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lucía Ariza, Instituto Gino Germani, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Karina Felitti, Instituto Interdisciplinario de Género, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bruno Zilli, Centro Latino-Americano em Sexualidade e Direitos Humanos, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

We very much look forward to your participation. Good luck!