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West Coast Sexuality, Gender & the Law Conference seeks abstracts

First Annual West Coast Sexuality, Gender and the Law Conference


Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California

March 22-23, 2024


Call for Papers

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 15, 2023


We are pleased to announce the first annual West Coast Sexuality, Gender and the Law Conference on March 22-23 in Los Angeles. Loyola Law School will serve as the conference host.

As political and legal attacks against LGBTQ people are once again on the rise, as are other legal and political efforts to  shape and reassert normative views of gender and the family, this Conference seeks to bring together scholars exploring issues of sexuality, gender, and the law. The goal of the Conference is to provide attendees with detailed, constructive feedback on their work in a supportive, collegial environment, and to build community among scholars working on these issues (especially those on the West Coast). Scholars at all levels of seniority are encouraged. We also encourage submissions at different stages of progress, from early drafts (incubators) to more developed forms (a work-in-progress session).

The Conference will consist of approximately 4-5 panels over the course of one and a half days. Participants will be expected to attend all panels and to read and be prepared to discuss all assigned papers.

There is no conference or registration fee. Participants will be responsible for the costs of their own flight, other transportation, and hotel arrangements (we are working on reserving a block of hotel rooms for the conference). Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided at the conference.


To preserve an intimate and supportive character, we can accommodate only 45 participants, Although we will try to fulfill all requests, if space is limited, some preference will be given to West Coast-based scholars.


To apply, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words, as well as a CV, here by December 15, 2023. Submissions will be vetted by the organizing committee (listed below). Selection will be based on the originality of the abstract as well as its capacity to engage with the other papers in a collaborative dialogue. In addition, priority will be given to scholars based on the West Coast.

Participants will be notified of their selection by the beginning of January 2024. Drafts of papers will be due approximately two weeks prior to the Conference.

We look forward to your submissions and participation. Questions can be directed to the organizing committee members at [email protected].


Thank you!

Courtney Cahill, UC Irvine School of Law

Courtney Joslin, UC Davis School of Law

Yvonne (Yvette) Lindgren, UC College of Law San Francisco (visiting)

Kaipo Matsumura, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Brian Soucek, UC Davis School of Law

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