For your convenience, S4TJ has put together a LIST of trans, non-binary and intersex related events scheduled for ASR, SWS, SSSP and SSSI annual meetings and preconferences taking place in Philadelphia this August.

August 11 – 13: The Association of Sociology of Religion (ASR)
Sofitel Philadelphia – 120 S 17th St


August 12, Sunday, 4:30-6pm
E3: LGBT Issues
Convener: Gowoon Jung, SUNY Albany (

August 13, Monday, 2:45-4:15pm
I1: Gender, Activism, and Spirituality
Convener: Kristen Nielsen Donnelly, Abbey Research (

  • “Redoing Religion, Redoing Gender: Theorizing social change through gender-transgressive religious practice,” Helana Darwin, Stony Brook University (


August 11 – 13: Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)
Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown


Saturday, August 11, 2018
12:30-1:45 Roundtable, Salon J: Table 2: Diversity and Intersectionality: Research, Theory, and Practice.

  • “Negotiating Transgender,” Helana Darwin, Stony Brook

August 10 – 12: Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel – 201 N. 17th Street


Friday, August 10, 8:30am
Liberty Ballroom A
Roundtable 2: Families and Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality

  • “Constructing Parallel Transitions: Narratives from a Support Group for Family Members of Transgender Individuals,” Jasmine Suryawan, University of Colorado at Boulder

Friday, August 10, 10:30am
Independence B

  • “Conflict and Penal Change: A History of Transgender Prisoner Resistance,” Joss T. Greene, Columbia University

Friday, August 10, 2:30
Independence C

  • “Institutional Regulation of Queerness and Violence Against Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans Women in Men’s Prisons,” Braxton Jones, Boston University

Saturday, August 11, 8:30am
Freedom H

  • “Gender Nonconformity: The Social Construction of Gender Transgression,” Christine Elizabeth Strayer, Western Michigan University
  • “‘It’s Really Exhausting’: Trans/Nonbinary Individuals Negotiating Race and Gender While Dating,” alithia zamantakis, Georgia State University

Saturday, August 11, 10:30am
Freedom E

  • “Effects of Social Support, Race, and Gender on Suicidal Thoughts for Transgender Individuals,” Emma Frieh, Indiana University Bloomington

Saturday, August 11, 10:30am
Freedom F

  • “The Deconstruction of Sex Segregation in Sport and the Liberation of Trans* Bodies,” Taylor Sherritt, Wright State University

Saturday, August 11, 10:30am
Freedom H

  • “Litigating Justice: Lawyers Representing Trans Clients on Non-criminal Matters,” Kyla Bender-Baird, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Sunday, August 12, 12:30pm
Freedom G

  • “Queering Essentialism? Sexual Regime Change and Specialization in Transgender Care Provision,” Chris Wakefield, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sunday, August 12, 12:30pm
Salons 5 & 6

  • “Unsettled Identities: How White Hegemony Shapes Trans Youth,” Jonathan A. Jimenez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

August 10 – 11: Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSHI)
PSSHE Center-City, 701 Market Street (Mellon Independence Center concourse)


Friday, August 10, 8:30am-10am

  • “Male Femininities in the Firehouse: Managing Gender-Nonconforming Embodiments and Practices in a Hyper-Masculine Context.” Roscoe C. Scarborough, Franklin and Marshall College

Friday, August 10, 10:15am-11:45am

  • “The Radiant Self: Transgender Discursive Resistance and Narrative Self-Making.” Sonny Nordmarken, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Friday, August 10, 1-2:30pm

  • “‘Not all [Trans]Men’: Transgender Men and the Complexities of Racialized Gender Inequality.” Armani Beck, Rutgers University

Friday, August 10, 2:45-4:15pm


Featured Thematic Panel – Discussion
Organizer and Presider: Jodi O’Brien, Seattle University
Panelists: Jodi O’Brien, Seattle University; Wendy Chapkis, University of Southern Maine; Arlene Stein, Rutgers University

As lesbian feminists sociologists of a certain age (i.e., older) with a long professional history of interpretivist/interactionist scholarship in gender and sexuality, we are intrigued with recent socio-historical shifts in gender and sexual identities and expressions (e.g., trans masculine rather than butch lesbian). These expressions reflect shifting social forms of classification that may indicate a broader acceptance of gender and sexual variance, but may also result in unanticipated and heightened forms of exclusion. For instance, is there is “right” way to be gay/queer/trans in current cultural practices? How are these shifting scripts/classifications influencing choices about who we think we can be? What does this variance suggest about the ways in which we make sense of bodies, feelings, and interactional expectations around gender and sexuality? These are a few of the questions that we’d like to dialogue on based on our respective socio-historical perspectives.

Saturday, August 11, 8:30am-10am

  • “Constructing Parallel Transitions: Narratives from a Support Group for Family Members of Transgender Individuals.” Jasmine Suryawan, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • “‘Gender Just Doesn’t Apply to Me’: Personal and Cultural Narratives of Transgender Identity.” Ashley Green, University of South Florida