Since 2009, the SMF Department at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario has hosted a one-day research conference that highlights student and faculty research dealing generally with issues of social justice, personal/professional ethics, and responsible citizenship.
SMF faculty first launched a half-day Symposium in an effort to bring together an academic community of shared interests in scholarship and research about sexualities, relationships, and families. The small, grass-roots symposium has grown into a formal professional conference with leading Keynote speakers, scholarly presentations, and panel discussions. It is now offered annually, with contributors from universities and colleges across southwestern Ontario, as well as community practitioners. This research conference is an ideal venue for students (undergraduate and graduate) to share and discuss their work in a professional conference setting.
We invite scholars, activists, community members, and students from all disciplines that explore the intersections and pluralities of sexuality, relationships, and families across contexts to submit proposals. It is our hope that this research symposium will continue to serve as a forum for growth and development within the fields of Sexualities, Relationships, and Families, as well as provide a space for future innovations and professional exploration.
Past conference themes have centered around ethical intersections among theory, research, and practice; families and relationships in a globalized world; and navigating intersecting identities, to name a few. With this year’s theme– Cultural Pluralities: Situating the Studies of Sexualities, Relationships, and Families– we seek to further enrich past dialogues by exploring how individual and community cultural pluralities impact and influence individuals’ sexualities, relationships, and experiences of family. This year’s theme considers culture quite broadly, and invites an exploration of intersecting cultural identities (or pluralities) in family, relationship, and sexuality research and the discourses this research produces.
More information, and to register, visit smfsymposium.ca