About

The Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies


The field of sexuality studies is rapidly growing. Today, it transgresses the disciplinary and epistemological divisions that have historically separated scholarship on gender and sexuality from studies of race, colonization, nation-building, citizenship and global politics. The entanglements between LGBTQ politics and global conflict, segregation of queer urban spaces along the lines of race and class, complex intersections of racialization and sexualization of migrant labour, and deep connections between racialized and gendered desires are just some of the prominent areas of research that drive this multidisciplinary field.

Keeping these developments in mind, the Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies (SISS) aims to create a continuous transnational platform for emerging and established scholars to share innovative knowledge in sexuality studies. Its goal is to support graduate student research and training, provide a high quality educational environment to develop theoretical frameworks and methodologies, and facilitate discussions between students and internationally renowned scholars as well as among peers. SISS seeks to expand and deepen research within the field of sexuality studies, and therefore encourages collaboration between scholars and students working in areas of race and racism, colonization and postcolonial thought, whiteness studies, queer and trans* studies, histories of sexology, critical psychology, BDSM and fetish communities, literature, poetry, visual arts, transnational sexualities, and citizenship studies.

SISS seeks to provide a wide variety of learning methods and combines traditional and innovative forms of pedagogy. The curriculum therefore includes a combination of lectures, master classes, roundtables, site visits, field trips and creative workshops. Facilitating diverse opportunities to brainstorm and share projects and ideas, the organizers hope to foster multidisciplinary, multi-methodological, and transnational collaboration in the rapidly-growing field of sexuality studies.

Committed to creating an accessible, diverse, anti-oppressive and international space, SISS supports students and lecturers from diverse geographical and disciplinary backgrounds and provides a welcoming environment for participants and lecturers of all genders, sexual orientations, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and various abilities. Contact us for any accessibility questions at siss2017@yorku.ca. 

SISS is organized by the Centre for Feminist Research at York University, in collaboration with the Sexuality Studies Program and the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. 

The Institute is generously supported by a Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), as well as by York University, including: the Office of the Vice-President Academic; the Office of the Vice-President for Research and Innovation; the Faculty of Education; the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies; the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Glendon Gender and Women’s Studies Program; the Sexuality Studies Program; Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought; Department of Anthropology; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Department of Social Science; and the Centre for Feminist Research.


The inaugural 2017 Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies

Perversion at the Crossroads of Critical Race Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Queer Theory 

June 5-9, 2017 at York University, Toronto


View the Call For Participants HERE

Apply to the 2017 Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies by filling out the SISS 2017 Application Form Here

Apply for a travel subsidy for the 2017 Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies by filling out the Financial Assistance Application Form Here

Institute participants will receive a certificate of participation upon completion.


June 5th, 2017

Institute Welcome & Introductions

(Dr. Enakshi Dua, Graduate Program Director of Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, SISS Coordinating Committee member)

(Dr. Allyson Mitchell, Sexuality studies Coordinator, SISS Coordinating Committee member)

(Toby BD Wiggins, SISS co-Coordinator)


Lecture by Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc

“Pedagogy and the perverse in Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child

(Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc, SISS lecturer)

(Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc)


June 6th, 2017

Lecture by Dr. Trish Salah

“Race as Kink: Reading Trans-Racial Fetishism”

(Dr. Trish Salah, SISS lecturer)

(Dr. John Greyson introducing Dr. Trish Salah)

(Dr. Trish Salah)

(Dr. Trish Salah)


June 7, 2017

Roundtable: Performing Perversion

Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser & Dr. Trish Salah in conversation with Dr. John Greyson, Dr. Sheila Cavanagh and Emelie Chhangur. Chaired by Dr. Allyson Mitchell

(L to R: Dr. Allyson Mitchell, Emelie Chhangur, John Greyson, Dr. Sheila Cavanagh, Dr. Amber Musser, Dr. Trish Salah)

(L to R: Dr. Allyson Mitchell, Emelie Chhangur, John Greyson, Dr. Sheila Cavanagh, Dr. Amber Musser, Dr. Trish Salah)

(Dr. Sheila Cavanagh, Dr. Amber Musser)

(Dr. John Greyson, Dr. Sheila Cavanagh)

(Emelie Chhangur, Dr. John Greyson)

(Emelie Chhangur)

(Dr. Trish Salah)

(Emelie Chhangur)


Lecture by Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser

“Carrie Mae Weems and the Question of Brown Jouissance”

(Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser, SISS Lecturer)

(L to R: Dr. Amber Musser)

(Dr. Amber Musser)


June 8, 2017

Lecture by Dr. David L. Eng

“Race as Relation”

(Dr. David Eng, SISS Lecturer)

(L to R: Dr. David Eng is introduced by Dr. David Murray)

(Dr. David Eng)

(Dr. David Eng)


June 9, 2017

Roundtable: Thinking Perversion Transnationally

Dr. David Eng & Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc in conversation with Dr. David Murray and Dr. David Seitz. Chaired by Dr. Dai Kojima

(L to R: Dr. Dai Kojima, Dr. David Eng, Dr. David Seitz, Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc, and Dr. David Murray)

(L to R: Dr. David Eng, Dr. David Seitz, CFR Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies)

(L to R: Dr. Dai Kojima, Dr. David Seitz, Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc)

(Dr. David Seitz, Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc)

(L to R: Dr. David Seitz, Dr. Aparna Mishra Tarc, Dr. David Murray)

(L to R: Dr. Dai Kojima,  Dr. David Eng, Dr. David Seitz)


Closing Reception

(Closing reception)

(Watufani Poe, SISS Scholar)

(L to R: Darja Davydova, SISS co-Coordinator; Ivan Bujan, SISS Scholar)

(L to R: Dr. Allyson Mitchell; Darja Davydova, Ivan Bujan)

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