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ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section 2016 Poster Session Call for Proposals

The Women & Gender Studies Section will hold its 9th annual Research Poster Session during our General Membership Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (The schedule is not finalized, this may change.) The forum seeks to provide an opportunity to present newly completed research or work in progress. Both beginning and established researchers are welcome to apply. Participants may receive collaborative feedback and recommendations for future publishing and/or new initiatives.

The potential scope of the topics includes, but is not limited to, teaching methods, instruction, information technology, collection development, interdisciplinarity, and collaboration with academic faculty. For research ideas, see the Research Agenda for Women and Gender Studies Librarianship.


The committee is especially interested in receiving submissions which highlight the ways in which librarians work with faculty and/or establish faculty partnerships. However, as stated above, submissions are NOT limited to this particular theme.

Applicants chosen to present their work at the poster session are expected to supply presentation materials, including poster boards. Tables for presentation materials will be provided.  Attendees at the forum will find an arena for discussion and networking with their colleagues interested in related issues and trends in the profession.

The committee will use a blind peer review process. 

Selection criteria:

1. Significance of the topic. Priority will be given to Women and Gender Studies Section members and/or women and gender studies topics

2. Originality of the project

Proposal submission instructions:

1. Proposals should include:  

          Title of the proposal

          Proposal narrative (no more than 2 pages, double spaced) 

          Name of applicant(s) 

          Affiliation (s) 

          Applicant Email address(es), Phone number(s)  

          Are you a member of the Women & Gender Studies Section? 

If you would like to become a member, go to:

2. NOTE: Submission deadline: March 31, 2016

3. Proposals should be emailed to: Jennifer Gilley, Chair, Research Committee, WGSS (

4. The chair will notify the applicants by April 29, 2016

If you are aware of other groups who would be interested in knowing about this call, please forward this message as appropriate. Thanks!

Publishing Feminisms at NWSA 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS: Publishing Feminisms at NWSA 2016
Montreal, November 10-13, 2016

Publishing Feminisms is a working group that draws together feminist 
scholars and practitioners who are working on a variety of linked 
projects related to publishing, periodicals, and print culture in and 
beyond feminism’s second wave. In 2015, the working group formed a 
special interest group within the NWSA and we are now interested to 
solicit proposals for papers to be included in sponsored panels on the 
topics outlined below. Interested participants should send a paper 
title, a 50-100 word abstract, and a brief cv to by February 15th. 

Contributors with proposals related to the interest group as well as to 
the conference theme of decoloniality but not in alignment with the 
calls for papers below are encouraged to contact the organizer. 

CALL FOR PAPERS #1:  Feminist Publishing on the Margins (Conference 
subtheme one: Unsettling Settler Logics)
In this panel, we interrogate the influence of settler colonial logics 
and its structural violences on the production and study of feminist 
publishing more broadly. The panel is interested, in other words, to 
consider how taking up the NWSA conference theme of decoloniality must 
push us toward identifying and unsettling the silences in settler- 
colonial feminist print cultural production. We are interested in papers 
that investigate the force of settler colonial thinking in feminist 
publishing as well as for papers that expand the field of feminist 
publishing by examining marginalized publications and publishing 
practices. Case studies of artifacts like kimiwan, Unceded Voices, or 
other publications produced at the margins of settler colonial 
publishing practices are particularly encouraged. Ultimately, we are 
soliciting papers that expand and alter the logics of feminist 
publishing in ways that demand a rethinking of feminist histories. 
Key questions include: 
•        What are the legacies of the exclusion of some knowledges, 
experiences, words, and bodies from the field of feminist publishing? 
•        How can feminist publishing practitioners and feminist scholars 
of print and digital culture respond to the erasure and silencing of 
colonized and marginalized voices? 
•        How have and can feminist publishing studies center the voices 
and knowledges of marginalized activist (feminist) communities?
•        How can the field of publishing studies centre what Adela Licona 
(2012) describes as “zines in third space”? 

CALL FOR PAPERS #2: Decolonial aesthetics in print culture (Conference 
subtheme five: World-Making and Resistant Imaginaries)
This panel takes up the broad theme of feminist world-making through an 
analysis of publishing as creative work that sparks revolutionary 
struggle. We define print culture as a broad category that includes 
zines, periodicals, feminist presses, scholarly periodicals, popular 
periodicals, textbooks, blogs, and more. Publishing studies examines 
these artifacts, but it also examines the conditions of their production 
and circulation, which means that this field of study is open to 
examination of community formation, social, political, activist, and 
commercial networks. We take up the NWSA’s description of decoloniality 
as a worldview that challenges, queries, unsettles knowledges in order 
to ask how decolonial ways of knowing and making have shaped the 
production, circulation, and reception of feminist periodicals, 
anthologies, zines, and blogs. 

Key questions include: 
•        How does feminist publishing break down the divisions between 
aesthetic and analytical, the affective and the intellectual, between 
art and theory, creativity and criticism? 
•        How does feminist print and digital cultural production practice 
•        How might feminist print and digital cultural production more 
radically and revolutionarily practice decoloniality? 
•        How have feminist publishing projects taken up decolonial ways 
of working by practicing, for instance, collaboration as a form of 
knowledge making based on alliance, reciprocity, and relationality?

For more information about the Publishing Feminisms Working Group, see 
our webpage, or contact one of the Special 
interest group co-chairs, Michelle Meagher, michelle.meagher@ualberta or 
Amy E. Farrell,

Occupy Education: Empowering the 99%

Pennsylvania Chapter  

National Association for Multicultural Education

16th Annual Conference

Hosted by
Temple University
Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership 

April 11-12, 2014 

PA-NAME invites you to submit a presentation proposal for its annual conference. The deadline for priority consideration for received proposals is December 2, 2013. The final deadline is December 16, 2013. For more information, go to:

NWSA Fat Studies Interest Group

This year the NWSA Fat Studies Interest Group is having an OPEN call for papers for the 2011 NWSA conference to be held Nov. 10-13, 2011 in Atlanta, GA. Papers on any topic at the intersection of women’s studies/feminism/gender/sexuality and fat studies will be considered.


At minimum, your submission should fall under one of the following themes for NWSA 2011:


* The Politics of Crisis

* Subverting the “Master’s” Tools?

* Deploying Feminisms

* Women’s Studies without Walls

* Creative Interventions


For more information on the themes, visit:


While this is an open call, topic suggestions from last year’s meeting include: Fat Chicana Studies, Fat & Aging, Intersections of Fat: Disability, Transnational Fat Studies, New Scholarship on the Body: Regulation of Appearance, Fatness in Media Culture, Fat Feminist Activisms, Fat Studies and Pedagogy, Fat Studies Professionalization, Fatness and the Internet, and Fat Studies and Eating Disorders.


If you are interested in being a part of the 2011 Fat Studies panels at NWSA, please send the following info by February 13, 2011 to NWSA Fat Studies Interest Group Co-Chairs Joelle Ruby Ryan and Michaela Null: ( AND (


Name, Institutional Affiliation, Snail Mail, Email, Phone, Theme your paper fits under, Title for your talk, a one-page, double-spaced abstract in which you lay out your topic and its relevance to this session. Each person will speak for around 15 minutes, and we will leave time for Q&A.


As a side note, at the request of the Fat Studies Interest Group, NWSA has added ‘fat feminisms’ as a key word for the program. This means that if you submit a fat studies/fat feminism related paper or panel, you can tag it with the keyword ‘fat feminisms,’ and likewise search the 2011 program for ‘fat feminisms’ to find relevant panels. If you submit a paper or panel on your own, we encourage you to use this keyword if your paper or panel fits the bill. We thank NWSA for adding a keyword that helps conference attendees locate fat studies panels.


National Women’s Studies Association Conference

2011 Call for Proposals

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NWSA 2011 CFP Now Available:
February 15 Submission Deadline

Feminist Transformations • November 10-13, 2011 · Atlanta, GA

Program Co-Chairs: Bonnie Thornton Dill,
NWSA President 2010-2012
Professor and Chair Department of Women’s Studies
Founding Director, Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity
University of Maryland

Nikol Alexander-Floyd
Associate Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Co-Founder, Association
for the Study of Black Women in Politics Rutgers University

Feminist Transformations will extend the conversations begun in the past two years
by the NWSA on “Difficult Dialogues” by exploring how we as feminists and women’s
studies scholars are transforming the academy-even as it experiences its own transformation-and
how it has also transformed us; how we understand and assess the limitations and
 inroads we have made in transforming our relationship to traditional disciplines;
and how we continue the struggle to make social justice a central aim of our scholarship
and a core value of this society.

The conference explores a central question: how are we transforming thinking about
social change, social movements, knowledge production and agency and how are these
shifts transforming our thinking?   Moreover in doing so, it seeks to provide a
forum for examining how women’s studies as a field and feminist theorizing as an
 analytical approach are being transformed through practices that center the ideas
and knowledge generated by intersectionality and transnationalism.

NWSA 2011 identifies several thematic areas in which feminist transformations have
been particularly relevant and/or require sustained dialogue:

* The Politics of Crisis
* Subverting the “Master’s” Tools?
* Deploying Feminisms
* Women’s Studies without Walls
* Creative Interventions
Visit the conference site for full details and to download the CFP

New Program Feature: Nominations Invited

Authors Meet Critics Sessions

Nomination Deadline for Author Meets Critics Sessions: March 18, 2011
This year we will introduce a new set of featured sessions into the program:  Authors
Meet Critics sessions will be designed to bring authors of recent books, deemed
to be important contributions to the field of women’s studies, together with discussants
chosen to provide a variety of viewpoints. Two or three such sessions will be included
in the program and NWSA members are invited to nominate books published between
2009 and 2011. 

Both single authored books and edited collections that are the result
of collaborative engagement among the contributors will be considered. Only NWSA
members may submit nominations; self-nominations and nominations by presses will
not be accepted.  Members of the 2011 program committee will review the nominations
and make selection decisions.

Author Meets Critics Sessions proposals must be submitted via the conference website
 and include:

* Name and affiliation of book author(s)
* Rationale for inclusion in the 2011 program, and
* Suggestions for critics and session organizer, including background and rationale for inclusion for each person

Full details at:

National Womens Studies Association | 7100 Baltimore Avenue | Suite 203 | College Park | MD | 20740


The National Women’s Studies Association is extending its proposal submission deadline to Monday, March 8, 2010 at midnight.

Extended Deadline to Submit Proposals:
Monday March 8, 2010

Full Details Available and Submit Proposals Online:

Difficult Dialogues II:
November 11-14, 2010 � Denver, CO

Program Co-Chairs:
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, NWSA President and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies, Spelman College
and Vivian M. May, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, Syracuse University

Download the Full CFP from the Conference Site:

About the Theme:
In response to wide demand, NWSA 2010 builds on conversations that began in Atlanta at the 2009 conference. 
Difficult Dialogues II will explore a range of concepts and issues that remain under theorized and under examined in the field of women’s studies. 

Find Panelists on the NWSA Forum Board:
Visit the NWSA forum board to find panelists who share your research interests.
Confirmed Speakers:
Andrea Smith, Renya Ramirez,
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, and M. Jacqui Alexander
and a performance by Ananya Dance Theatre

Valda Lewis
Director of Media and Technology
National Women’s Studies Association
(216) 834-2407 (my office)
(301) 403-0407 (NWSA National Office)

Women, Political Engagement, and the Artistic Imagination

We seek 1-2 panelists for our panel titled Women, Political 
Engagement, and the Artistic Imagination, to be proposed to the 
National Women’s Studies Association Conference, November 11-14, 
Denver, CO.  Panel description is below. If you would like to join us, 
please submit a title and abstract to either Kim or Heather by Feb. 

Panel co-chairs and contact:

Heather Hewett, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and English, 
SUNY New Paltz:

Kim Miller, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Art History, 
Wheaton College, Norton, MA:

Women activists world-wide have long engaged in movements for social 
change through their work in creative production and the arts. 
Likewise, there is also a rich and complex history of textual/ aesthetic representations of women’s political lives. Yet, women’s 
artistic and creative contributions do not always fully “count” as 
knowledge in the academy, just as women’s political work is often 
overlooked or dismissed in both grass roots movements and within 
governments. Scholarly discussions about the significance of women’s 
creative expressions and cultural production are even marginalized 
within the field of Women’s Studies.

This panel seeks to bring together recent and ongoing research on the 
intersection of women’s political participation and textual/aesthetic 
representation related to local, national, or transnational issues.

Panelists might consider some of the following topics or questions:

• How is creative representation used to influence political 
struggles, or how has political need affected women’s creative 

• How have women ­ individually or in groups ­ employed representation 
as a form of resistance against political oppression?

• What roles does women’s cultural production play in social justice 
work? How might this work challenge the distinct categories of 
politics and art, critical theory and creative expression?

• What does current research tell us about feminist cultural production?

• What kind of new questions or knowledges does their work provide, 
and how are these knowledges being integrated in Women’s Studies 

• What resources are available to Women’s Studies instructors who seek 
to integrate creative cultural production and the arts into their 
research, teaching, and activism? What barriers and obstacles remain?

All best,


Heather Hewett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English and Women’s Studies
Coordinator, Women’s Studies Program
State University of New York at New Paltz

AGE- two calls

“Ageism in the Academy.” NWSA session sponsored by the Aging and Ageism
Caucus. Although colleges and universities are presently set up to serve
mainly 18 to 25 year-olds, there is no reason, other than the problematic
association of aging and old age with decline and deterioration, why these
institutions cannot adjust their schedules and requirements to encourage
sustained degree-oriented coursework by adults of any age.  Papers should
address the ways in which ageism in the academy affects older women students
who have returned to finish a degree or obtain an advanced degree and/or
those who have just begun their traditional college education.  250+-word
abstracts or full papers to Pamela Gravagne,  <>, by 15 February 2010.


“Bringing the “Outsider” of Age into the Women’s Studies Classroom.” NWSA
session sponsored by the Aging and Ageism Caucus. As with issues of race and
class, Women’s Studies has a longstanding reluctance to engage with the
issues, theory and politics of age.   In this panel, we are interested in
exploring strategies for introducing age into the women’s studies classroom.
We seek papers that address pedagogical approaches to and challenges with
bringing the lens of age into discussions of gender, sexuality, race, class,
disability, nation, etc. 250+ abstracts to Erin Gentry Lamb,
<>, by 15 February 2010.

Cisters in the Struggle: Exploring Trans Families, Relationships and Communities from the Cisgendered Ally Perspective(s).

CFP: National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference; November 
11-14, 2010. Denver, CO.

Title:  Cisters in the Struggle: Exploring Trans Families, 
Relationships and Communities from the Cisgendered Ally Perspective(s).

As Trans Studies continues to emerge as an academic (sub) discipline, 
this panel aims to explore the socio-personal relations between 
transgendered individuals and their cisgendered allies. I am searching 
for theoretical and/or autobiographical contributions to this panel 
that address some aspect of this topic. This could include, but is not 
limited to projects on transgender marriages/partnerships; transgender 
parenthood; how to be an effective ally; and participating in trans 
communities as a cisgendered person. In this session, I hope to look 
at the ways in which transgender issues influence and shape not only 
the lives of trans-people, but also the lives of those who love them. 
Projects that include intersectional analysis with issues of race, 
class, sexuality, nation, age, and ability among other categories are 
especially encouraged.

If would like to be a part of this panel, or have questions, please 
contact me at Submissions to the panel should be 
emailed to me by February 20, 2010, and must include: your name, 
institutional affiliation, U.S. postal address, email address, phone 
number, the title of your talk, and a 50-100 word abstract on your 
planned project.  Each panel member will speak for 10-15 minutes 
leaving time afterward for Q&A.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Angela Carter

Feminist Studies, Ph.D. Student

University of Minnesota

Gender Performance, Transgender Perspectives

Call for Proposals for a panel session at the 2010 National Women’s 
Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, to be held November 11-14, 2010 
in Denver, Colorado.

Stephanie Dykes, an independent scholar on transgender issues, and 
Angela Carter, a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota, are 
organizing a panel for the 2010 conference of the National Women’s 
Studies Association conference, which will be held in Denver, Colorado 
from November 11 ­ 14, 2010.

We are organizing a panel on the topic of “Gender Performance: 
Transgender Perspectives” This panel will address the conference 
thematic areas of Complicating the Queer and “Outsider” Feminisms.

If you are interested in being considered as a member of this panel, 
please submit a title and abstract (50 ­ 100 words), along with your 
name, institutional affiliation, and contact information (mailing 
address, e-mail(s), and telephone number or numbers) by February 20 to 
Stephanie Dykes, Ph.D. at You may also 
submit additional information, including the rationale for how your 
proposal relates to the theme of this panel, and any other information 
that you believe will be of assistance in helping Dr. Dykes and Ms. 
Carter make their selection decisions.

We are looking for empirical, theoretical and activist contributions 
to the
topic of trans and gender non-conforming individual’s performance of 
gender, including, but not limited to, drag, passing, stealth, gender 
performance, and gender attribution.

If your proposal is not accepted for this panel, you will still have 
the option to submit your proposal as an individual for consideration 
by the NWSA.

Please note that each panel member is responsible for her or his own 
expenses related to this conference, including but not limited to, 
membership in the NWSA, conference fees, transportation to and from 
the conference, lodging, meals, and any other cost associated with 
this conference. Furthermore, NWSA guidelines state that

“All participants on the 2010 NWSA program must be current (2010) 
members of NWSA, including the pre-conferences and general conference. 
Membership in NWSA runs from January 1-December 31, 2010. … 
Participants must be current members and pre-registered for the 
conference by August 31, 2010 or risk being removed from the printed 
program book.”

Each participant selected to be on this panel must commit to attending 
the 2010 NWSA conference.
Questions? Contact Angela Carter,