Student Paper Competition

The Sexuality and Space Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to invite submissions for the 2018 Sexuality and Space Student Paper Competition. Winners will be notified prior to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the AAG in New Orleans. First prize winners receive a prize of $155 to cover early-bird conference registration costs, as well as a ticket for the Annual AAG Awards Luncheon, and second prize winners receive a prize of $75.

The submission deadline is Monday, January 15, 2018.

Potential topics can include:

  • Queer and trans political resistance
  • Community and political formations of queer and trans people of color in the Global North and the Global South
  • Black queer and trans cultures and political action
  • Intersections between heteronormativity and racism, colonialism, ableism, and poverty
  • The geographies of health and queer and trans communities
  • Queer culture and performance
  • LGBT and queer urbanisms
  • Indigenous queer, trans, and Two-Spirit communities and movements
  • Heterosexualities and domesticities
  • Sexual landscapes
  • Queer ecology, queer nature, and queer more-than-humanisms
  • Queer historical geographies


Any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral degree program in Geography or a related discipline may submit a paper written in the past year. Papers are welcome from students at institutions in or outside of the United States. Students do not necessarily have to be presenting a paper at this year’s annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers to be eligible for an award.


We are seeking high-quality student papers that make an original contribution to the study of sexuality and space. Papers should be 4000-6000 words in length (including explanatory footnotes/endnotes, but excluding references), with an additional 100-200 word abstract. Figures and images should be included as separate pages rather than embedded within the text. Papers should be properly referenced, although students may choose the citation method they think appropriate. Papers should be in English.

Submission Procedure:

Submissions should be made electronically. Please email Rae Rosenberg ( with the paper attached as a PDF, Microsoft Word, or other standard word processing program file. All submissions will be acknowledged by email; if you do not receive an acknowledgment within 48 hours, please try sending again. Please be sure to include your name, postal address, telephone, and email address on the front cover of your paper, so that we can contact you if necessary.

Download the CFP here.