Sex Salon

Sex Salon is a monthly speaker series organized and hosted by graduate students from the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. Each month, Sex Salon invites scholars, both graduate students and faculty, to present new and in-process work and engage in discussion with guests and colleagues. Participants come from both the University of Toronto and the wider academic community across Canada and the US. Each month features two to four presentations around a central theme that relates to sexual diversity studies, followed by a Q&A based discussion lead by a member of the Sex Salon programming committee. The event is free to attend and typically held on the last Thursday of the month in University College. Calls for participants go out over the summer.

Call for Organizing Committee
Deadline: August 31, 2020

The Sex Salon Series, housed at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, seeks members for its 2020 – 2021 Organizing Committee! The Sex Salon is a space to exchange ideas, make art and community, and create dialogue around queerness, queer theory, LGTQI+ organizing, and the development and advancement of critical sexuality studies. The Sex Salon is a monthly event series hosting eight events between September 2020 to May 2021. We seek to ensure that the Sex Salon will continue to be in service of queer and trans community in the GTA and will be committed to cultivating spaces that decenter the academy and trouble notions of legitimacy and authenticity in knowledge production.

Upper-year Undergraduate, Graduate, and Faculty from any University of Toronto department as well as those outside the academy are welcome to apply. We are seeking participation from a diverse and broad range of disciplines, training, and departments. In particular, this year we also seek individuals who have experience in managing social media accounts, and with experience in creating digital media.

The Organizing Committee will receive participant applications and help curate the monthly Sex Salon events for 2020/2021. Members will attend a planning session in early September and participate in the monthly Sex Salon to ensure success and community continuity. Committee members are also encouraged to consider chairing one of the Sex Salon events.

If interested, please email us a brief bio and CV at Alternative forms of CV, such as through social media profiles, digital portfolios, websites are also welcome. In your email to us, please indicate your area of study, research interests, experience in community-based organizing, activism, or academic background. We look forward to hearing from you!

Ryan Persadie and Mónica Espaillat Lizardo

Chair and Vice-Chair of the Sex Salon Series




January: Sex Salon Workshop: Queer, Trans, Suburban

February: Queer/Latinx/Mexican


January: A Queer Kind of Place

October: Queer Aesthetics and Performance

November: Queer, Creole, Contested: Caribbean Archives Reimagined


January: Queer Belonging

February: Queering Kinship

March: Queering Practices

October: Images of Desire

November: Unlikely Bonds: Desis, Butches, and Ghosts


January: Anti-normativity

February: Language

March: Space

April: Homo/f/r/ictions

October: Migration works? Shaping and Reshaping Materialities and Identities

November: Performing Time and Space


January: “Speaking” Sex to Power: Pedagogies of Intimacy and Epistemologies of Touch

February: Homonationalism and Transnational Sexual Politics


April: Outside the Lines: Queer Art and Activism

September: Process

October: Adolescence

November: Fetishization and Race





September: From The Margins: Race, Ageing, and Queer Temporality

October: Citizenship, Migration, and Violence

November: Asexualities, Hypersexualities, and Maximum Visibility