Chris Conner (Anthropology & Sociology) had an article titled, “The Gay Gayze,” recently accepted for publication in the Sociological Quarterly. The article is an analysis of the popular gay dating app Grindr and explores how issues of body type, gender expression, ageism, racism, and HIV stigma manifest themselves in the online world of Grindr. The Sociological Quarterly was ranked 39th out of 138 journals in the discipline, and is the journal for the Midwest Sociological Association. Conner is a member of and currently serves on the grants committee of the organization. Conner is also working with the president of the organization to organize a drag show at this year’s conference to be held in Chicago to raise money and awareness on LGBT+ youth suicide rates, which remain one of the most at risk groups for suicide.
Conner will be organizing, presiding, and presenting in three different paper sessions at the Midwest Sociological Society in March 2019 (student submission and grant opportunities are available for interested parties).
Conner is also the editor of an edited volume titled Forgotten Founders and Other Neglected Social Theorists. This project, under contract with Lexington Books, will include chapters written by a variety of scholars including: Mary Jo Deegan, Eugene Halton, Alan Sica, Harvey Farberman, Sarina Chen, Michael Katovich, Larry Nichols, David Smith, and Bob Antonio. This manuscript looks at the work of social theorists whose theories have become forgotten, or who were unacknowledged at the time, and argues for their continued utility in understanding contemporary social issues.