The College of Arts & Letters and the Gender Resource Center present the

12th  Annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference

March 10th and 11th 2016

Call for Papers September 30, 2015 - January 15, 2016

The College of Arts & Letters and the Gender Resource Center at Idaho State University (ISU) present the 12th annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference and are proud to welcome an eclectic group of presenters and participants to Pocatello and Idaho State University.

The conference will be held in the Pond Student Union Building, on the third floor, in the Salmon River Suites, on the ISU campus on March 10th and 11th.

Keynote speaker:

Richard Sprott

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Richard Sprott

Richard Sprott received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1994. As a researcher he has focused on the interconnections of social development and language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and the impact of stigma and prejudice on interactions between counselors/therapists and members of stigmatized groups. He has examined in detail the relationship between professional identity development and the development of professional ethics in medical doctors, ministers and teachers. In addition, he has a long history of conducting program evaluations for educational programs for migrant farm-worker families, which highlight the ways in which social organizations and communities help and hinder the educational achievement of migrant farm-worker children. All of these efforts highlight the ways in which stigma, prejudice, minority dynamics, language, identity development and community development all intersect and affect each other. He is also serving currently as the Executive Director of CARAS (the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities), a nonprofit corporation designed to promote scientific and scholarly research on BDSM sexuality, polyamory and other forms of negotiated non-monogamy. Richard currently teaches courses in Human Development for the California State University system and graduate level courses at various universities in the Bay Area, including UC Berkeley, Holy Names University, and Saybrook University."

Special Guest Speaker:

Dr. Moshoula Capous-Desyllas

Dr. Moshoula Capous-Desyllas is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the California State University-Northridge, and she is an expert on sex work and human
trafficking. Dr. Capous-Desyllas completed her Ph.D. in social work and social research in 2010 from Portland State University. Dr. Capous-Desyllas has a particular interest in feminism and
global policy related to sexuality and human trafficking, and she has presented her findings at major international conferences in the United States, Canada, and Greece. Her research has
been published in several academic journals and books, and she is the co-editor (with Dr. Karen Morgaine) of the text, "Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice: Putting Theory into Action" (Sage, 2015). A significant strength of her research approach is that her work is geared toward connecting academics, practitioners, and community leaders. Human trafficking has been identified as a major problem by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and significant attention and resources have been allocated to address this issue. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has also recognized the need to train practitioners about this problem and has recently allocated resources to do so. Having Dr. Capous-Desyllas as a Special Guest will be of significant interest to academics, practitioners, and community members, and will help address an important problem that has been recognized by both federal and state institutions.

The Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference focuses on how ideas and stereotypes concerning gender and sexuality roles shape and influence various aspects of our daily lives. By acknowledging these roles, we can begin to break down some of the barriers they constitute and move towards awareness and open dialogue. This year the conference will be presenting a great combination of local ISU faculty and student presenters as well as guests from all over the country and internationally. The Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life offers a unique opportunity for ISU students of all levels, as well as interested community members, to experience a professional conference without having to travel or pay expensive registration fees.


Sponsored by the Idaho State University Gender Resource Center

For questions or more information about this or other conference events, please contact the Gender Resource Center Center at 282-2805 or e-mail gendersexuality@isu.edu.

Here is the 2016 Program

ISU Gen Sex Program 2016