Deadline -1 October 2019 (23h59 Eastern).

Following the 2020 Congress theme, “Bridging Divides, Confronting Colonialism, and Anti-Black Racism,” the Queer Studies in Education and Culture (QSEC) Special Interest Group (SIG) warmly invites paper submissions for the 2020 CSSE Annual Meeting at Western University in London, Ontario. QSEC’s own theme for CSSE 2020 is “Life on the Bridge,” which acknowledges how queer lives and knowledges have always been difficult to categorize according to dominant frames of being and knowing informed by colonialism and anti-Blackness. We welcome the decision by the 2020 Congress organizers to amend the annual theme in recognition of the presence of anti-Black racism and racial profiling in Canadian academia, as evidenced last year at UBC, and encourage our members, colleagues, and friends to follow the ongoing dialogue in 2020. Our 2020 QSEC theme explores how researchers and practitioners can unpack and address political, theoretical, and ideological divides. QSEC invites submissions that consider the ways in which queer and trans scholarship, artistic practice, and research creation might forge possibilities for queer/trans ways of knowing and being, and build bridges among epistemologies, pedagogies, research, communities, activisms, and praxes in ways that push gender and sexuality studies in education and culture forward. 

We seek proposals from a wide range of topics in cross-cultural, historical, political, policy, comparative, temporal, geographical, and transdisciplinary perspectives. Along with traditional academic paper presentations, we also encourage a variety of proposals including but not limited to workshops, performance, storytelling, visual arts, audio arts, sound studies, and other alternative formats. If you have questions about a particular format, please contact the QSEC program co-chairs Andrew Campbell ( and Alicia Lapointe (

Proposal Information

Paper proposals are to be submitted online by October 1, 2019. Follow this link to submit your proposal: If you need assistance with the online submission process, there is a helpful Proposal Submission Primer that can be found underneath the Call for Presentations on the website ( These two documents clearly outline the expectations and criteria for all submissions to CSSE.

The following are the questions that reviewers consider when peer-reviewing your submission for the QSEC SIG (some of the questions might not apply to all proposals):

(1) Does the topic of the proposal broadly engage with the themes proposed by QSEC and/or with the CSSE 2020 call for papers?

(2) Is there a clear focus, rationale, model, or scholarly literature upon which the proposal is based?

(3) Is the methodology, procedure, design, and organization of the proposal appropriate, and coherent?

(4) Do the synthesis of ideas, data analyses, and findings appear to be appropriate and complete?

(5) Will the presentation contribute valuable insights?

Be sure to follow the instructions provided in the Call for Presentations provided on the CSSE site and complete ALL of the required information. Those who submit proposals may be invited to review proposals. If you are willing to be a reviewer, please contact Andrew Campbell ( and Alicia Lapointe (

We look forward to seeing you at CSSE 2020 at Western University in London, Ontario!


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