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The encouragement and promotion of Women's/Gender Studies has been a high priority of ACS since its inception. The ACS Women's/Gender Studies Conference has been held every 2 years since 1993, when the first conference was held at Furman University. The last conference was held at the University of Richmond on April 1-2, 2011. The next conference will be held at Furman University on April 4-5, 2014.

 

ACS Announces the 2014 Women’s and Gender Studies Conference

10th Biennial ACS Gender Studies/Women’s Studies Conference
Intersections and Assemblages: Genders and Sexualities Across Cultures
Furman University, Greenville, SC on April 4th and 5th, 2014

Our aim in choosing our theme has been to recognize and address the vast diversity in both scholarly approaches and political activism dealing with issues of inequality at various levels in various guises.  As the Barnard Center for Research on Women notes, “There is no one feminist movement.  [Nor is there a single LGBT movement, one might add.]  Instead there are many intersectional movements operating in tandem with much to learn from one another.  This multiplicity is not only okay, but healthy and inevitable.  The more radical versions of feminism will continue to push the feminist center, the center will continue to push the margins to be more strategic, those of us who dance in between will continue to be challenged and nurtured by it all.  We will deploy diverse methodologies, mobilize diverse populations, and tell diverse stories.”  (FemFuture: Online Revolution)

We hope these multiple dimensions of diversity—which can be accommodating as well as contentious as the situation demands—will be in evidence at this conference as they have in the past.  We will feel especially rewarded if there is greater interest than in past iterations of the conference in masculinities and alternative sexualities.  We also hope to encourage pre- and post-conference interaction among participants through the interactive section, “Discussion” and other posts on this blog, besides Twitter (#GenderConf2014), and a Facebbook group, Gender Intersections & Assemblages.  To register for the conference, please visit the Registration page.

Faculty, staff, and students of ACS institutions and beyond are invited to submit by e-mail 250-300 word abstracts of paper proposals or entire panels in MS Word format along with a short biographical statement to this address:  wgsconf2014@furman.edu.  The revised deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 15th, 2014.  Proposals may interpret the theme and the following list of suggested topics broadly:

  • Diversities in/of Genders and Sexualities
  • Gender-Queer-Global Intersections
  • Sexual Inequalities in Neoliberal Times/University
  • New Normativities of the Future
  • Affect and Embodiment
  • Rhetorics of Materiality
  • Feminist, Queer, Trans Theories:  Convergences and Divergences
  • Gender and Science/Neuroscience
  • Is Feminism Over?  Is there a Fourth Wave?
  • Gender Pedagogies for Today
  • Gender and Sport
  • Genders, Sexualities and Minority Ethnicities
  • Feminisms and the Financial Crisis
  • Feminisms and the Environmental Crisis
  • Ecofeminism
  • Queer Economics
  • Gender and Trans(-)media
  • Postcolonial Feminisms
  • LGBTQ and the Postcolonial
  • Margins within Margins
  • Space and Gender
  • Bodies Under Religion and/or Law
  • Biopolitics and Gender/Sexuality
  • Gender and Sexuality and Borders/Partitions

Keynote Speaker:  Prof. Michael Kimmel, Stony Brook University
Other invited speakers:  Prof. Sujata Moorti, Middlebury College; Prof. William Spurlin, Brunel University

Registration fee for faculty and staff:  $90; students:  $30

For further inquiries, please send an email to one of the following organizers and current co-chairs of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies:
Dr. Karni Bhati, Department of English:  kbhati@furman.edu
Dr. Sofia Kearns, Department of Modern Languages:  sofia.kearns@furman.edu
Twitter:  #GenderConf2014
Facebook Group:  Gender Intersections & Assemblages

For more information, please visit the official website for the conference at http://blogs.furman.edu/bhati/.

Online Resources of Interest

Note: The following links are provided for informational purposes only and ACS assumes no responsibility for, nor makes any specific endorsement of, the contents, views and opinions expressed therein.

* International Gender Studies Resources
* National Black Herstory Task Force
* Women's and Gender Studies Online Resources
* Women's Studies Resources on the Web
* Women's Studies/Women's Issues  Resource sites from Joan Korenman

Women's Studies in Europe is a unique study abroad program offered by Antioch College, a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and one of our partners in the Global Partners Project.  Students explore and examine feminist theory in practice across Europe. Visit the program website for more information.

 

 

 


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