WSGO call for papers

WSGO call for papers

Feminist Communities in Research and Practice

Hosted by the Penn State Women’s Studies Graduate Organization

Date: February 13-14, 2015

At the Penn State University Park Campus


Call for Papers:

The Penn State WSGO is pleased to invite proposals for presentations at our annual conference, to be held in February 2015. The conference will consider the ways that community develops through feminist research, teaching, and activism, and also as a subject that feminist scholarship and pedagogy will continually need to address. Where do you see new feminist communities forming today? How have feminist communities in the past formed, succeeded, or failed? What interests, relationships, projects, or goals are those communities based upon? How do digital culture and digital media play a role in the formation and focus of feminist communities? Panels at this conference will discuss research and teaching on gender and sexuality from all academic disciplines.


This conference also serves as a venue to consider the relationship between Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments and the university community, and to present talks on community-based research and activism. Our conference keynote speaker will be announced in the weeks to come.


We welcome submissions on, but not limited to, the following topics:

Theories of solidarity

Continuity or difference between generations of feminists

Global networks or coalitions

Facilitating community in the online WGS classroom

Feminist New Materialisms

Disability studies and feminism

Digital collaborations and communities (including DOCCs and other feminist                             interventions)


Feminist pedagogical communities

Race, gender, and feminist communities

Biotechnology and reproductive communities

The future of WGS departments

Queer kinships and relationships

Art and feminist community

Feminist communities throughout history


Submission format

Please submit proposals for individual presentations, panels, roundtables, art exhibitions, performances, and workshops to . Abstracts for individual papers should be no longer than 300 words, and proposals for panels or roundtables should be no longer than 1,000 words. The deadline for submissions is December 15.