European Social Science History Conference 2020

International Institute of Social History


13th European Social Science History Conference

Leiden, The Netherlands

18 – 21 March, 2020

The ESSHC Sexuality Network is inviting paper and panel proposals for its biennial meeting in 2020. The Sexuality Network is Europe’s oldest and only recurrent forum for the presentation of new work in the history of sexualities from around the globe. It brings together both junior and senior scholars of sexual history from a wide range of countries, and is neither restricted to European topics, nor to European historians.

As always, the Network organizers will consider individual papers and pre-organized panels on the history of sexuality from a diversity of topics, cultural and geographical settings as well as historical periods. Particularly welcome are themed pre-organized panels (of 3 to 4 papers) or topical roundtable discussions, which explore new areas or directions, or that fill historiographical gaps.

In recognition of the growing need for non-Western, transnational, transcontinental and global perspectives, the 2020 edition is especially interested in papers and panels that focus on exchanges, networks and developments across cultural and international borders. In recognition of the need to understand gender beyond the binary, the Network also encourages ground-breaking work on trans, intersex, and non-binary gender history in previously unstudied contexts and settings.

In composing the programme, the Network organizers will base their selection on the following criteria: empirical grounding, originality, a comparative or transnational focus, geographic spread and panel coherence. They will also strive for a good balance between early career researchers and established scholars, and the latter are encouraged to bring their doctoral students along. Please note that participation in the conference is becoming increasingly competitive and that we regret we can only accommodate as many papers as we there are slots available.

The deadline for pre-registration of a paper or session proposal on our website is 15 April 2019.

For general information and the online pre-registration, please visit

With regard to the Sexuality Network in particular, please contact its chairs:
Chiara Beccalossi (
Wannes Dupont (
Julie Gammon (