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Psychology of Sexualities Section: Innovations in Psychology and Sexualities Conference & Annual General Meeting

Friday 2nd December 2016 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

This one-day Psychology of Sexualities Section Annual Conference (and Annual General Meeting) will focus on the theme of Innovations in Psychology and Sexualities. Contributions will include a keynote, individual conference papers, and short 5 minute Pecha Kucha style presentations.

The purpose of the day will be dissemination and discussion of innovative research that is relevant to those interested in sexualities (e.g., LGBT+ identities). This is an excellent opportunity for delegates to meet others who are studying, researching, or practicing in the area of sexualities. We anticipate that the day will also provide a chance to consider future directions for sexualities research.

Keynote presentation

Sexuality: A psychosocial manifesto, Dr Katherine Johnson, University of Brighton

In this talk I outline a conceptual impasse at the heart of contemporary studies of sexuality and the polarizations that ensue when attempting to theorise queer subjectivity. Drawing on recent moves within British critical psychology to develop a new discipline, psychosocial studies, I argue that the concept ‘psychosocial’ helps rethink the relationship between the psychic and the social, and somewhat ambitiously propose a psychosocial manifesto for sexuality. Central to this is a call to psychologists to extend their engagements with queer feminist accounts despite the challenges queer approaches raise for key psychological concepts of norms and identities, and to queer theorists to recognise the importance of psychology in their work despite the tendency for some psychological accounts to pathologize non-normative sexual subjectivities and behaviours. To illuminate this argument beyond a theoretical framing examples will discussed.

Conference Programme

For full information on the running of the day please see the Conference Programme.

Who is the conference intended for?

All with an interest in sexualities are welcome. This event is supported by the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PSYPAG) and we anticipate that the presentations will be by, and of particular interest to, postgraduate and early career researchers. Supervisors and colleagues are encouraged to attend to support their PGRs and ECRs and the day will also be relevant to those who have a particular interest in diverse sexualities and innovative research. The AGM will be held over lunch and section members are particularly welcome to attend.

About the section

The Psychologies of Sexuality Section represents psychologists who work in all of the disciplines' sub-areas including clinical psychology, community psychology, counselling psychology, critical psychology, developmental psychology, experimental psychology, health psychology, history of psychology, the psychology of women, and social psychology. The Section publishes the Psychology of Sexualities Review.

Registration for this event closed at 17:00 on Thursday 24th November 2016. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Friday 2nd December 2016

10:30Registration and refreshments
11:00Welcome: Professor Elizabeth Peel (PoS Section Chair)
11:10Keynote speaker: Dr Katherine Johnson
12:00Individual papers: Lived experiences of LGBT identities Chair: Katherine Hubbard
13:00Poster session
13:00Psychology of Sexualities Annual General Meeting (AGM) ALL SECTION MEMBERS WELCOME
13:00Lunch and Networking
14:00Individual papers: Love, sex, and relationships Chair: Berenice Mahoney
15:30Prize Winners
16:00Final comments and close

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Katherine Johnson, University of Brighton

Keynote Speaker
Katherine Johnson is Reader in Psychology in the School of the Applied Social Science, University of Brighton where she co-founded and leads the Transforming Sexuality and Gender research cluster. TSG brings together researchers from across the university who are working on themes related to sexuality, gender and social change with a core focus on producing research with community partners that impacts on policy and practice. Her own research has primarily been in the fields of transgender embodiment, LGBT mental health and suicidal distress, as well as theoretical and methodological innovation, particularly related to visual and creative methods. Major publications include Community Psychology and the socio-economics of mental distress: International perspectives (2012, Palgrave) and Sexuality: A psychosocial manifesto (2015, Polity). She is currently working with colleagues in Brazil and Mexico on research related to transgender health and embodiment, with UK community partners on a participatory arts-based project related to trans and gender questioning youth, identity and wellbeing, and is in the early stages of writing a monograph with the working title Trans Matters: feminism, psychology, materiality (Routledge).

Photo credit: Dr Paula Singleton, Creative Methods event, London, 2014


BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

The British Psychological Society, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE

Additional Information

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PDFPoS 2016 Submission Policy
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PDFPoS 2016 Programme