Facilitation of Symposia for 2015 SSEA Conference

December 17, 2014 5:11 PM | Shannon Claxton

Dear SSEA Sexuality Topic Network (TN) members,

We hope you are as excited as we are for plans for the next Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood meeting in Miami. Submissions will be due March 1, and we know that many people are starting to think about what they might present. As Sexuality TN chairs, we wanted to help to facilitate putting together symposia related to sexuality, to increase the visibility of sexuality research at SSEA in 2015. We believe that working together across the entire Sexuality TN will increase the diversity of each symposium, opening up more opportunities for symposia that represent diverse labs, samples, populations, and disciplines. 

If you are interested in submitting a paper as part of a symposium related to sexuality and would like to connect with other authors, please, no later than January 15, send me an email at sclaxton@kent.edu with the following information:

  • ​A short (no more than a paragraph) blurb describing what your talk would be, including whether you have finalized your analyses yet (if you already have 2 or more talks from different authors that you  plan to put in the same symposium, but need 1 or more additional talks, you can describe each talk separately).
  • ​Whether you would consider a discussant role instead of (or in addition to) giving an empirical talk.
  • ​Whether you are looking for a group for one of the other, non-symposium group formats (discussion session, debate).
  • ​Your interest in organizing/chairing the symposium (1 = prefer not to organize/chair; 2 = fine either way; 3 = prefer to organize/chair).  

​We will then work to group talks into coherent symposia based on topics and do our best to group across labs/disciplines/diverse populations etc. Please note a couple of things. First, we are doing this process independent of the conference committee – sending us a blurb does not in any way guarantee or increase your chance of acceptance to the conference. In addition, because we are experimenting with this process for the first time, we do not have a good sense of how many submissions we will get, and therefore we cannot guarantee that we will find perfect matches, or matches at all, for any given proposed talk. 

Our goal would be to look at all proposed talks and have a quick turnaround time (about a week). Thus people should have enough time to organize symposia, or to find an alternative if we were unable to find a group for them.

Finally, if you have any other ideas of ways that the Sexuality TN can support you or help connect scholars, don’t hesitate to let us know. 

Thanks everyone, and have a great holiday season, whatever you may celebrate.


Shannon Claxton & Eva Lefkowitz

SSEA Sexuality TN Chairs

Shannon Claxton
van Dulmen Lab-Kent Hall 345
Doctoral Candidate
Experimental Psychology
Kent State University