CALL FOR PROPOSALS
WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES CONFERENCE
In Challenging Times: Women, Activism and Leadership
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program Steering Committee of Oakton Community College, located in Des Plaines, Illinois in the near northwest suburbs of Chicago, invites proposals for its biennial conference to be held March 24, 2017. This one-day conference, In Challenging Times: Women, Activism and Leadership, will present scholarly and creative work by feminist activists, writers, scientists, visual and performing artists, and scholars that examines the challenges confronting feminism and the Women’s and Gender Studies discipline in the current political and cultural climate.
The Conference keynote will be noted activist, writer and scholar Barbara Ransby. Ransby is distinguished professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative. She also serves as current president of the National Women’s Studies Association.
The Steering Committee seeks proposals for panel presentations—consisting of research papers, readings, performances, or media presentations—as well as roundtable discussions and poster sessions focused on topics related to the overall conference theme. We are especially interested in submissions that approach the theme using an intersectional feminist analysis.
Possible topic areas could include, but are not limited to:
- Continuing challenges to feminism—the word and the movement
- Race and class as categories of feminist analysis
- Achieving gender equity in the political arena
- Gendered violence in the media, home, street and workplace.
- Intergenerational conflicts and collaborations
- Challenges to Reproductive Rights
- Gendered and racialized bodies
- Feminism and white privilege
- Social Media and cyberfeminism—dangers and opportunities
- Feminist challenges to environmental degradation
- Confronting ableism and other constructs of the normative body
- Feminist responses to incarceration and detention
- Gendered health and medicine
- Transgender and gender queer inclusion
- Transnational feminist activism
- Activism using new media and technology
- Women in STEM and non-traditional fields
- Feminism and Cultural Criticism
- Feminist leadership
- Feminist activism and the arts
- Community colleges and other alternative sites of feminist activism
- Achieving equity in the workplace
- Activist literature and media
- Eliminating racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination in American education
Panel presentations consist of individual research presentations or performances organized around a single topic, concluding with a brief question and answer session. Panels should feature three or four presenters, as well as a non-presenting moderator responsible for introductions, time keeping, and overall coordination. Sessions are 75 minutes; time is divided equally among presenters, with 15 minutes for introductions and discussion. In lieu of a panel, selected one-person workshops are also acceptable. Participants are encouraged to present material to the audience rather than simply read a paper.
Roundtable discussions feature between four and six presenters, hosted by a moderator. Each participant makes brief opening remarks on a particular theme or project, followed by discussion and audience participation. Sessions are 75 minutes, including introductions and opening statements.
Poster sessions include display in a central location throughout the day as well as at a special afternoon reception. Presenters must be available to set up, take down, and discuss posters with viewers at the reception.
Proposals by established scholars and artists are welcome. Both graduate and undergraduate students are also encouraged to submit.
The Steering Committee encourages proposals for fully-formed panels and roundtables. It also welcomes proposals from individual presenters; individuals will be grouped with presenters on similar themes.
All accepted presenters must register for the conference. Fees—which include lunch and refreshments—are $15 for Oakton students, $20 for all other students, and $35 for non-students.
Proposals must clearly state the type of presentation (panel, roundtable, poster session), and include:
- Title and topic (see list for suggestions).
- An abstract of no more than 300 words.
- Names and brief biographies (no more than three sentences) for all presenters.
- Contact information (including e-mail).
Submit via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or in hard copy to:
Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Oakton Community College
Division of Languages, Humanities, and the Arts
1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Attn: Kathleen Carot
The Women’s and Gender Studies Steering Committee will review all proposals and make selections based on appropriateness of topic, quality of proposal, and contribution to Women’s and Gender Studies scholarship and creative endeavors. The Committee will pay special attention to proposals that feature intersectional and multidisciplinary approaches and/or inclusion of presenters from faculty, artist, and student groups. Oakton will attempt to meet audiovisual equipment needs—please state such needs clearly in the proposal. Accepted presenters will receive an audiovisual equipment checklist prior to the conference.
Deadline for proposals is February 15. Notification of proposal status (accepted or declined) will be sent via e-mail no later than February 27.