Columbia College Chicago and the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians

 Exploring the History, Art, and Aesthetics of Black Sexuality and Relationships Conference

Chicago, IL

 January 31 to February 2, 2018


Extended proposal submission deadline is October 31, 2017


Description of the Theme of the Conference

This inaugural conference at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois explores the history, art, and aesthetics of Black Sexuality and Relationships. Romantic and kinship relational challenges have emerged from enslavement, familial separation, poverty, systemic and religious oppression, mass incarceration, heteronormativity, and white supremacy. The art and aesthetics of Black relationships reveals itself in our resilience and adaptation to complex challenges and has enabled our partnerships, families, and communities to evolve into an array of beautiful montages that exemplify the strength of our heritage. The conference illuminates individual and systemic complexities that impact Black sexual expression and relationships. Finally, this summit during Black History month serves as a platform to facilitate dialogue about intersectionality, issues that affect Black LGBTQAI, gender and reproductive politics, fantasy/desire and kink, and media influences.  Proposal submissions should reflect the theme of the conference.


Types of Presentations

 Traditional Scholarly Presentation

Presentations will be either 25 or 50 minutes in length.  While Powerpoint slides are encouraged, presenters may use handouts in order to facilitate dialogue for the presentation.

 Dialogue Panel Presentation

The conference will include a one-hour concurrent session block of time dedicated specifically to cultivated panel presentations on shared themes. These dialogue panel presentations will be comprised of three panelists, who will each present a 10 minute brief about their idea or concept related to the theme. These briefs will be followed by a facilitated dialogue between panelists and the audience to further explore the connections between the ideas presented in the briefs. The goal of these panel presentations is to create a respectful, engaging environment to explore complementary and divergent perspectives.


Poster Session

Poster presentations are short research presentations displayed on large printed boards that present information on a specific study, model, concept or intervention. During the one hour long poster session, many authors will simultaneously present their posters while the audience circulates and stops to discuss posters of particular interest with the authors. Poster presenters are kindly asked to bring handouts on their poster to the session for interested conference attendees.

 Roundtable Discussion

Round table is a form of academic discussion. Participants agree on a specific topic to discuss and debate. Each person is given equal right to participate, as illustrated by the idea of a circular layout referred to in the term round table. 


A workshop is a one-hour session that presents techniques, strategies, models, methodology and/or research relevant to the field of sexuality, with special consideration to overall conference theme. All workshops should engage participants and focus on sharing new information and/or expanding previous knowledge. Audience participation and engagement are strongly encouraged.

 Proposal submissions should include:

  • Name
  • Home address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Institutional/agency affiliation
  • Biosketch (No more than 100 words)
  • Type of presentation (Traditional Scholarly Presentation; Dialogue Panel Presentation; Poster Session; Roundtable Discussion; or Workshop)
  • Title of Presentation
  • Abstract of Presentation (No more than 150 words)
  • 2 SMART Learning Objectives
  • Resume/Curriculum Vita of each presenter



  Extended proposal submission deadline is October 31, 2017