Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being
22nd Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies
Graduate Student Conference*
March 25-26th, 2015
The University of Texas at Austin
The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (CWGS) conference offers both undergraduate and graduate students at any recognized university the opportunity to share their research in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies with the students and faculty affiliates of CWGS, The University of Texas at Austin community, and CWGS community partners. We invite individual papers, creative writing and artistic posters, performance pieces, and panel submissions from participants in any discipline whose research pertains to any topic in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies.
*Presentation at this conference will count towards the WGS MA Program, and the WGS Graduate Portfolio Certificate and/or the WGS Graduate Portfolio Certificate LGBTQ Studies Track.
We especially welcome submissions related to CWGS’s 2014-2015 theme:
“Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being”
How are boundaries determined and contested? How do notions of boundary and space inform identities and relationships? What does it mean to move through space? What does it mean to take up or occupy a space – especially for marginalized bodies? How do diasporic moments in history lead to different mappings of race and gender? How – in varied ways – do we/can we construct or imagine, space? What are the limits of history, memory, and geographical boundaries on ideas and experiences of space?
We invite proposals that address these questions (or pose related ones) using the lenses of gender, race, sexuality, ability, performance or other feminist, womanist, queer or anti-racist methodologies.
Our understandings of location, space, and identity are broad and open to interpretation. Possible topics may include:
Comparative Borderlands Studies
Borders, Belonging, and Nation/State
Geographies of the Body/Mapping the Body
Marginalized Bodies: Creating/Contesting/Occupying Space
Sexuality and Trauma
Bodies in Space/Bodies as Space
Physicality and Performance
Geography and Identity
Co-creation of Identity and Space
Community and Space
Identity and Diaspora(s)
Intersections of Space with Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Ability, and other Identities
Space and Place:
Making Claims to Space – Colonialism, Conquest, Invasion, Citizenship/Belonging
Space, Place, and Social Change
Queer, Feminist, Womanist, and Indigenous Interventions/Critiques of Space and Place
Students proposing individual presentations (15 minutes) on any topic must submit: (1) 250 word abstract (2) Participant Application and Brief Biography. Students proposing a panel presentation are to submit an abstract of the panel along with the required materials for individual papers as listed above. For panel submissions, please limit the number of participants to four. All submissions should be made here:
Priority Submission Deadline: December 20, 2014
Final Submission Deadline: January 10, 2015
Conference Registration $20
There is no cost for submitting a proposal.