In line with the IASSCS’ mission, the IX IASSCS Programme seeks to promote links between researchers, academics, advocates and activists by addressing the process of taking theory into practice, conceptualizing the meaning and significance of advocacy at the national and community level, and supporting and advancing the implementation of sexual rights.

Sessions will focus on the increasing commodification of social and sexual relationships, in both sexual/erotic and emotional dimensions. The conference will feature abstract-driven parallel sessions, plenary sessions, professional development workshops, and independently organized satellite meetings. In addition, the conference programme will include a number of activities, such as the Cultural Program, which is a fundamental aspect of IASSCS Conferences.

  • Plenary sessions: Plenary sessions bring all conference participants together in one large session. Each plenary session includes two to four speakers drawn from the world’s most distinguished researchers, community leaders and policy specialists who address and discuss the conference main topics.

  • Morning and afternoon parallel session (oral presentations):  Parallel sessions are based on research abstracts submitted from around the world, which have been peer-reviewed by a panel of international reviewers and selected for presentation by the Academic Program Sub- Committee. Each session includes 4 – 5 speakers, who will each make a fifteen minute presentation, followed by a short discussion. Audience questions will be encouraged and facilitated by the session coordinator

  • Exhibit presentations (posters and exhibits): The exhibits will present in graphic format (photographic display, mixed media, video, installations, performances, and intervention in public spaces, among others) research results, artistic initiatives and/or analytical reflections based on activist or mobilizing experiences previously conducted.




*Social Sciences Department-UBA: Santiago del Estero 1029
**Here you can find more information (in Spanish): “The right to choose. Legal abortion in Mexico City: a model for the region”

Keynote speakers
We’re glad to announce the participation of the following keynote speakers at IX IASSCS Conference. Their participation will significantly contribute to our discussions on the commodification of social and sexual relationships, in both sexual/erotic and emotional dimensions.

    1. Jane Bennett (South Africa)

    Jane Bennett is the Director of the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests are in questions of African feminist thinking and the politics of sexualities on the continent, and her most recent book is a co-edited volume: Jacketed Women: Researching the Politics of Gender and Sexualities in Contemporary African Contexts (with Charmaine Pereira). She sits awkwardly in relation to identity politics, despises mediocrity (including her own), is old enough to know better but too young to really understand.

    2. Sealing Cheng (Hong Kong)

    Sealing Cheng is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Brought up and educated in Hong Kong for the better half of her life, Sealing obtained her doctorate from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University, U.K.  She was then a Rockefeller postdoctoral fellow in Gender, Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights at Columbia University, U.S. Between 2005-2012, she taught in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College in the U.S. Trained as an anthropologist, her research engages issues of gender and sexuality with theories of globalization and trans-nationalism. Her book, On the Move for Love: Migrant Entertainers and the U.S. Military in South Korea (University of Pennsylvania Press 2010) received the Distinguished Book Award of the Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association in 2012. She enjoys bridging the gap between academia, activism, and the arts, believing that these efforts could open up creative and productive possibilities – including a theatre production in response to Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues and a photovoice project for veteran sex workers in a Seoul red-light district targeted for urban renewal. Her work examines the intersection of anthropological and feminist scholarship, investigating the globalization of international norms and laws, and the displacement of visible violence to invisible violence. She is particularly interested in the gendered anxieties about mobility and borders, and its impact on vulnerable populations. Through her academic and activist work, she seeks to develop transnational dialogues on gender, sexuality, and rights that gives central attention to the global South as a site of theorization.

    3. Gary Dowsett (Australia)

    Professor Gary W Dowsett, Ph.D., FASSA, is Deputy Director at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. A sociologist, he has long been interested in sexuality research, particularly in relation to the rise of modern gay communities. Since 1986, he has been researching the HIV epidemic, particularly in Australia's gay communities, and has worked on many international HIV/AIDS and sexual health projects since the late 1980s. In 2003, he was elected to the International Academy of Sex Research and in 2006 was appointed to a Personal Chair in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. In 2008, he was admitted as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

    4. Jennifer Hirsch (United States)

    Dr. Jennifer Hirsch is Professor and Deputy Chair for Doctoral Studies in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.  Professor Hirsch's research focuses on gender, sexuality, and reproductive health, U.S.-Mexico migration and migrant health, and the applications of anthropological theory and methods to public health research and programs. Her books include A Courtship After Marriage: Sexuality and Love in Mexican Transnational Families, which explores changing ideas and practices of love, sexuality and marriage among Mexicans in the U.S. and in Mexico, and two edited volumes on the comparative anthropology of love (Modern Loves and Love and Globalization). She is also lead author of The Secret: Love, Marriage and HIV, which presents findings from an NIH-funded comparative ethnographic study of the social organization of men’s extramarital relations in five countries.  A Principal Investigator of many NIH-funded research projects, Hirsch is currently one of two PIs of PrEP for Black MSM: Community-based Ethnography and Clincial Research. In April of 2012 Dr. Hirsch was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete her next book, tentatively titled Desire Across Borders, which explores the intersection between US-Mexico migration and HIV risk.

    5. Mara Viveros (Colombia)

    Mara Viveros Vigoya, Ph.D. in Anthropology from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (EHESS). Mara is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and School of Gender Studies at the National University of Colombia since 1998. She is also co-director od the Research Group "Interdisciplinary Group for Gender Studies." Mara has been visiting professor at the Institute of Higher Studies in Latin America (IHEAL) and the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in France, at the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil and the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico). Her research interests include issues related to sexuality and biopolitics, the relationship between differences and social inequalities, and the intersection of gender, sexuality, class, race and ethnicity in the social dynamics of Latin American societies. Her latest publications include De quebradores y Cumplidores. Sobre hombres, masculinidades y relaciones de Género en Colombia (Universidad Nacional/Fundación Ford/Profamilia, Colombia, 2002), Raza, etnicidad y sexualidades. Ciudadanía y multiculturalismo en América Latina(Universidad Nacional, 2008), Y el amor… ¿cómo va? (Universidad Nacional de Colombia /Embajada Francesa, Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, 2009), El Género: una categoría útil en las ciencias sociales (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2011) and Sexuality and Desire in Racialized Contexts (Peter Aggleton, Paul Boyce, Henriette Moore & Richard Parker, Understanding Global Sexualities. New Frontiers, 2012).


Other types of participation

IASSCS conference also encourages different type of participations, especially those non-academics related.

IASSCS Institutional Meeting

IASSCS Open Business Meeting
Date: Friday August 30
Time: 13:00 hrs
Place: Salón Bungalow

IASSCS will hold an open meeting to discuss key initiatives, successes, and challenges experienced during the past 15 years. All IASSCS members (associate and full members) and non-members interested in learning more about IASSCS are invited.

IASSCS Open Business Meeting
Date: Friday August 30
Time: 13:45 hrs
Place: Salón Bungalow

Each of the three IASSCS committees will hold open meetings to welcome new members and to discuss their two year plan. All IASSCS members are encouraged to attend to strengthen future projects and membership plans.

Special presentations:

Special Session 1

“Catolicadas: Una experiencia exitosa de uso de las redes sociales para promover los derechos sexuales y reproductivos”

Organized by: Catholics for the Right to Decide (Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir – Mexico)
Session Language: Spanish


  • Sandra Fosado, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Mexico
  • Evelyn Aldaz, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Mexico
  • María Consuelo Mejía, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Mexico

This session will introduce the cartoon series Catolicadas through audiovisual projections and presentations that explain the background, objectives and needs of creating this series; the research projects supporting the messages; the creative, production and dissemination processes; and the results of an assessment of the impact of the series. Participants will also reflect on the warm reception the series has elicited among its followers, and analyze how Catolicadas has helped to drive a critical movement of resistance against the conservative Catholic hierarchy's attempts to impose a 'single moral code' and promoted social changes in favor of a free, responsible, guilt-free sexuality, the right to decide, and sexual diversity, among other aspects.

Special Session 2

“What do we talk about when we talk about sex work?” (¿De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de trabajo sexual?),

organized by: the Argentinean Sex Worker’s Network (RedTraSex)
Session Language: Spanish


  • Elena Reynaga, Asociación de Mujeres Meretrices de Argentina (AMMAR), Argentina
  • Georgina Orellano, Asociación de Mujeres Meretrices de Argentina (AMMAR), Argentina
  • Maria Rachid, Federación Argentina LGBT, Argentina
  • María Rigat-Pflaum, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina

Special Session 3

“At the Crossroads of Sexual Rights and Markets, Is there a Place for Justice?”

organized by: Institute of Development Studies (IDS/Sussex) Sexuality Policy Watch (SPW), IASSCS
Session Language: English and Spanish/Portuguese

Facilitating Chairs: Sonia Correa and Mark Blasius


  • Akshay Khanna, Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom
  • Rosalind Petchesky, City University of New York (CUNY), United States of America
  • Diego Sempol, Instituto de Ciencia Política (Udelar), Uruguay
  • Mark Blasius, City University of New York (CUNY), United States of America

This workshop will examine the overlapping logics of markets and rights and their pitfalls to explore whether invoking "justice" is a path to disentangle their problematic knots. We will revisit critical theorizing about justice, contrasting such approaches as those of Nussbaum, Derrida, Foucault and relational justice, to reflect on the logics of markets and rights. But it will also look toward other intersections amongst sexualities, rights, markets and justice with reference to, for example, transitional justice and reparations, criminal law and retributive justice, consumers’ rights and sexual prerogatives. Starting from suggestive framing presentations, the workshop strives for maximum participation around the axes of advocacy, policymaking, and theory. Participants and presenters will collaboratively develop some analytical and strategic tools to use when sexual liberation movements call for justice.

Conference Institutional Exhibition Fair

The institutional fair is an opportunity for various local and international organizations and institutions to provide informational material and exhibit their publications and projects. We will also have an additional booth for free display of brochures and other materials from any participant and institution.

  • Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani/Grupo de Estudios en Sexualidades (
  • Taylor and Francis Journals (
  • Reproductive Health Matters (‎)
  • Institute of Studies in Health, Sexuality and Human Development (IESSDEH) (
  • Latin American Center on Sexuality and Human Rights (CLAM) (
  • Institute of Development Studies (IDS) (
  • Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad – (CEDES) (
  • UNFPA (
  • Instituto Interdisciplinario de Género (

    Satellite meetings

    Sexuality and Political Change – A new Training Program
    Organized by: Sexuality Policy Watch

    Date: Friday, August 23rd – Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
    Time: All Day
    Place: Broadway Hotel, Avenida Corrientes 1173, Buenos Aires
    Registration:No Registration. Closed Meeting

    Sexuality Policy Watch will be hosting a training program focusing on sexuality research. The program differs from other non-academic capacity-building models in this area, as it will not focus strictly on sexuality theory and research per se, but rather aims at exploring the various linkages and gaps that exist between sexuality theorizing and research in sexuality and social and policy change. The program is designed to examine how theory, research and policy can be connected most effectively in order to contribute to meaningful social change.

    The content areas covered by course under the general heading of sexuality and sexual rights will potentially encompass a broad range of topics such as: HIV/AIDS, LGBT rights, laws and policies affecting transgender persons, abortion and contraception, sexuality education, and sex work. The course will examine challenges experienced in connecting theory and practice and translating research into “change”. It will explore exemplary cases of both successful and failed attempts to bring about social and policy change, and will provide the opportunity for people engaged in policy formation to share their experiences with respect to how sexuality research is or is not used in the front lines of struggles for human rights and social justice in relation to sexuality issues.

    The Intersection of Sexuality, Sexual Rights and Sexual Health: As Addressed by Papers in Reproductive Health Matters (RHM)
    Organized by: Lisa Hallgarten, Social Media and Online Editor, RHM, and consultant, Education for Choice, United Kingdom
    Date: Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
    Time: 15:00 - 17:00 hrs
    Place: ÍCARO Suites Hotel, Montevideo 229, Buenos Aires
    Language: English
    Registration: Please get your free ticket to attend this meeting at


    • Overview of the papers RHM has published on these issues.
    • Perspectives of one or more RHM authors of these papers (to be confirmed)

    Open discussion:

    • Where do sexual rights and sexual health meet?
    • What are the implications for health and sexuality education, research, law and policy?

    CLAM +10: Diálogos em sexualidade, gênero e direitos humanos
    Organized by:
    Latin American Center on Sexuality and Human Rights (CLAM)
    Date: Saturday, August 31st
    Time: 18:00 hrs
    Place: Bauen Hotel, Avenida Callao 360, Buenos Aires
    Language: Spanish/Portuguese
    Registration: Open meeting, no early registration required

    To celebrate 10 years of activities, the Latin American Center on Sexuality and Human Rights, of the State University of Rio de Janeiro, invites to a dialogue with the participation of Latin American researchers on topics linked to sexuality and human rights from different perspectives and areas of interest: Sexual rights and politics, sexual behaviors and culture, and sexual knowledges.

    Para celebrar los 10 años de actividades, el Centro Latinoamericano de Sexualidad y Derechos Humanos de la Universidad del Estado de Rio de Janeiro, invita a un diálogo con la participación de investigadores latinoamericanos sobre temas vinculados a la sexualidad y los derechos humanos desde diferentes perspectivas y áreas de interés: derechos y políticas sexuales, cultura y comportamientos sexuales, y saberes sobre la sexualidad.