11th Annual Florida Atlantic University Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association Symposium. Held at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida on Friday, March 20, 2009
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Vest
Spoken Word Poet and Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy, University of Central Florida
The goal of this conference is to cross disciplinary boundaries and to bring together feminist perspectives on marginality and voice.  This symposium is an opportunity for graduate students from all colleges and disciplines to present their ongoing research, including class papers, theses, and dissertations. Graduate students in the Visual and Performing Arts are invited to submit proposals for exhibits or creative performances.
We welcome presentations addressing, but not limited to, the following issues:
What does it mean to live in and speak from the margins?
~How does marginality function in/across different class, race/ethnicity, sexuality, environmental, spiritual, or political contexts?
~What kinds of agency are evident in marginalized voices?
~How can critical pedagogy best deal with the complexities of marginality and voice?
~How is the concept of marginality altered by emerging voices of feminist, postcolonial, queer and disability theories, etc.?
To apply, please submit a one-page abstract. (Individual or collective submissions are welcome)
The abstract should include:
(1) A brief description of the proposed topic,
(2) An explanation of how the topic relates to Women’s Studies scholarship or gender analysis,
(3) A thesis statement.
Please include your name, address, telephone number, email, institutional affiliation and the title of your paper at the top of the page.  Abstract submissions should be sent to Katy Smith via email to: ksmit141@fau.edu.
All abstracts must be received by Friday, February 6, 2009
Final decisions on the submitted abstracts will be sent no later than February 27, 2009.
For more information, please contact Katy Smith at ksmit141@fau.edu
Presented by FAU Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association and Women’s Studies Center
Olga Turner, Vice President
Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association      

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