Call for papers: Social Work and Sexualities Conference 2020, Mumbai, India

Dear Sexuality and Social Work Interest Group members

It is with great pleasure that we can now announce that submission for papers for the “Social Work & Sexualities 3rd International Conference: Laws, policies, guidelines and gender-sexuality identities” is now open.

Abstracts of 350 words should be submitted by email to   with ‘SWSConf2020’ in the subject line, specifying in the e-mail whether your submission is for an oral, poster or a symposia/workshop presentation. Please find attached a flyer for more information.

We are very excited that our next international conference will take place at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. It will be a great opportunity for the group to expand beyond Europe and North America and we hope to be joined by as many delegates as possible. It is understandable that November might be a busy month, however, August in India is extremely hot, and this is not an ideal month to host a conference.

We are putting together an exciting programme and we hope to see all our members in Mumbai 2020. Please share this information with your colleagues and friends and encourage them to join the group

We will keep you updated when conference registration will open and how to register.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch with us.

Kind regards
Alfonso, Missy and Ketki


Hello, introductions and way forward!


We would firstly like to thank Jason for introducing Missy and I as the new co-chairs for this group. Jason has been fundamental to the success of the group and the amazing conferences we have enjoyed over the years, which we thank him for.

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I am Alfonso Pezzella (some of you may know me from previous conferences); I am a

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Alfonso Pezzella

lecturer at Middlesex University London. Over the years I developed a strong research interest in gender and sexuality. Particularly, I am interested in the mental health and cultural differences of LGBTQ+ community and the experiences of coming out. I have a professional Twitter feed @AlfPezzella where I enjoy bringing the community together and discussing topics regarding mental health, LGBT+, psychology and education. You can also follow me on ResearchGate for my latest publications.

Missy Bird

As a writer, professor, life coach, and fiery public speaker, Dr Melissa Bird (Missy) creates the genesis for a new brand of leadership.  When she’s not building her public speaking Empire, she can be found reading trashy novels, drinking fine whiskey, playing mom to three delicious humans, and loving her punk rock scientist James Thomas Kelly. You can also connect with Missy at and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @birdgirl1001

We already have a few ideas which we will be putting forward to the group, but in the meanwhile we are updating our social media platform, twitter, Facebook and the blog.

We would really appreciate your help and support with this by sharing with us your news, events, papers and anything else you think would interest the group and we will make sure to circulate it.

We would also like to ask for your support in telling colleagues and students and the group, and encouraging them to join, follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook! While we know that Facebook is often used for personal interests, there is no reason for not following our group on twitter! And if you don’t follow us yet, please do and if you have not joined twitter yet, there is no better time than now!

If you have any ideas, questions or comments, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

All best wishes
Alfonso and Missy