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Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

2017 Graduate Symposium Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the call for papers and panels for the 10th annual graduate symposium hosted by the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality on Friday, April 21, 2017, at Rice University – "ENVIRONMENT, SPACE, BODIES" – featuring keynote speaker Jade Sasser, Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of California, Riverside. For several decades, the Center has created and promoted interdisciplinary programs, research, and teaching opportunities in studies of women, gender and sexuality. 

Intentionally broad in scope, this symposium aims to highlight how Rice graduate students and postdocs diversely engage women, gender and sexuality studies in their work. The symposium themes of environment, space, bodies, broadly conceived, are offered as provocations for critical reflection and collaborative discussion within and across various disciplines. Topics may include (but are not limited to): intersectionality, reproductive justice, affect, transnationalism, environment, historiography, archives, health, materiality, and space.

We welcome proposals from graduate students and postdocs in all fields including, but not limited to, social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, music, and engineering. Each individual presentation should be 12-15 minutes in length. In addition to individual paper proposals, we invite proposals for thematically-organized panels. Panels should be composed of 2-4 papers, and we strongly encourage interdisciplinary panels.

We are honored that Dr. Sasser joins us as our keynote speaker. Her research explores the relationships between environmental problems and women’s health. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled "Making Sexual Stewards: Population, Climate Activism, and Social Justice in the New Millennium," which analyzes the role of young activists in transforming population stabilization advocacy into a movement for social and reproductive justice.

Please submit all proposals by Friday, February 24, 2017, to cswgs2017@gmail.com. Individual paper proposals should consist of a title and 250-word abstract. Panel proposals should be accompanied by an additional 100-word explanation of the panel’s main themes.