Queering Social Survey Research: Re-imagining Measurements of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in South Africa
Although social survey research has the potential to increase the acceptance and inclusion of the LGBTIQ+ population in society, the way research is designed and implemented often makes their lived experiences invisible. Quantitative research instruments have been structured to ignore the existence of any gender identification other than male/female or man/woman and sexual orientation is rarely if ever measured. Consequently, alternative gender identities and sexual orientations are demographic variables that continue to receive little attention in large-scale social surveys and official statistics. This seminar series aims to bridge this gap by reflecting on survey design in a range of contexts including the policy and advocacy intent of each study; national and institutional social surveying capacity; inconsistencies in defining identities and varying legal conditions for different expressions of sex, gender, and sexuality.
The themes and dates for all sessions are as follows:
1. Mind the Data Gap: LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in Social Surveys and the Impact on Policy
06 October 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 SAST (09:00-10:30 UTC)
2. Capturing the Complexities of the Entire Population: LGBTIQ+ Specificities
20 October 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 SAST (09:00-10:30 UTC)
3. Collecting Social Data on Sex, Gender and Sexualities: Experiences in Field
03 November 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 SAST (09:00-10:30 UTC)
4. Research-Policy Interface: Production, Dissemination and Use of LGBTIQ+ Data
17 November 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 SAST (09:00-10:30 UTC)
Register below to save the dates and attend all editions of the seminar series.