“Sexual Health and History in the South” is the theme of the tenth annual SPSP Sexuality Preconference. The southeastern United States has among the highest rates of sexual and reproductive health disparities in the nation, and access to comprehensive, inclusive sex education is limited and under attack (e.g., Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law). Our Preconference will draw together a diverse group of scholars to explore research and policy relevant to reducing these disparities and increasing access to medically accurate, culturally sensitive sex education in the South and beyond. Attendees are invited to submit proposals for individual talks, data blitzes, and posters. Submissions are welcome from scholars at all levels and in any area of sex research. Individual talks are encouraged to match the conference theme, while data blitzes and poster presentations are welcome to focus on any sex research topic.

Keynote speakers to include:

Dr. Matthew Hogben, Senior Research and Innovations Officer, Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Talk title: TBA

Dr. Jessica Sales, Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Talk title: "Using Implementation Science to Optimize Sexual Health among Adolescent and Young Adult Women in the Southern U.S."

Hallie Lieberman, sex historian, journalist, and author of the book Buzz. Talk title: "The Secret Sexual History of the South"

Preconference Organizers

Justin Lehmiller, justin.lehmiller@gmail.com, The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University
Amy Moors, amycmoors@gmail.com, Chapman University
Rhonda Balzarini, balzarinir@gmail.com, Texas State University
Justin Mogilski, justin.mogilski@gmail.com, University of South Carolina


This preconference is accepting submissions for all presentation formats.

We invite proposals for 1) individual talks (15 minutes), 2) data blitz talks (5 minutes), and 3) poster presentations. Persons at any career stage are eligible to submit proposals for all categories; however, we are especially keen to support the work of early-career scholars. We encourage proposals related to this year’s theme; however, we will consider submissions on any sexuality-related topic. 

We will ask you to provide the title, author information, presentation preferences, 400-character brief description, and 1200-character abstract. The submission portal will be open and available on this page from Sept. 1 until Nov. 15. Please note that for empirical presentations, all data must be collected prior to submission.

Our Submission Guide outlines all the information needed for submitting to a preconference.