2018 Call for Proposals

2018 Symposium Theme:
Pathways to Empathy: Research on Sexuality, Relationships, and Families

The department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies (SMF) invites papers for the annual SMF Symposium. This year’s theme will explore sexuality, relationships, and family through the lens of empathy. The SMF Symposium is an interdisciplinary conference, and we welcome proposals for papers that pursue the theme of empathy, broadly defined, from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

– theoretical explorations of empathy
– the history of empathy
– empathy and human service provision
– the role of empathy in relationships
– empathy and justice
– empathy and social movements
– intersectionality and empathy
– empathy over the life course
– empathy in the classroom and community
– the limits of empathy

The SMF symposium will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. We welcome papers from established and emerging scholars, but are especially interested in showcasing undergraduate and graduate research.

Submission Guidelines

Presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length, followed by a 10 minute discussion.

Proposals should be typed in 12-point, standard font and be 300-350 words maximum (pdf or word documents only).

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2018

Please send your typed proposal and a brief CV to:

Marissa Traversa
SMF Symposium Project Manager

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For further information, updates, and to register please contact the Project Manager, Marissa Traversa.


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