CFP – 6th Annual Student Symposium on Gender and Sexuality: Feminist Solidarities (Due Jan. 30)

Please see the complete CFP for the 6th Annual Student Research Symposium on Gender and Sexuality!

~ Call for Papers ~

Sixth Annual Student Research Symposium on Gender and Sexuality
FEMINIST SOLIDARITIES: Challenging Systems of Oppression and Privilege
Deadline for submissions: January 30, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Wake Forest University will host its sixth annual student research symposium on gender and sexuality, featuring moderated sessions of scholarly and creative presentations by Wake Forest students. This event will showcase the exciting work that our undergraduates and graduate students are doing on gender-related issues across disciplines.

This year’s theme is: “Feminist Solidarities: Challenging Systems of Oppression and Privilege.” The theme can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Systems of oppression are built around what are understood to be “norms” in our societies. A norm signifies what is “normal,” acceptable, and desirable in a society. It is also given a position of dominance, privilege and power over what is defined as non-dominant, abnormal and therefore marginal or not valuable. It is important to understand how all forms of oppression are linked and how they intersect to shape socio-political landscapes and personal identities. These intersecting systems of power and privilege include, but are not limited to, sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, and colonialism. In order to confront and overturn systems of oppression we must become active also by nurturing relationships with others who share our feminist goals and simultaneously work across boundaries of difference to promote change. For this symposium, we invite presentations that address a vision of equality attentive to power differences, and engaged in constructive dialogue, resistance, and collective action.

Papers may fall under a broad variety of subfields including (but not limited to): religion, politics/law, history, business, science/medicine, sexuality studies, sociology, psychology, literature, visual and performing arts, and poverty studies. Proposals involving poster sessions, creative exhibits, performances, and video clips are also welcome. Presentations may vary in length depending on format but should not exceed 10 minutes (plus five minutes for discussion). Students from all departments, schools, and programs are invited to participate.

To apply, please send a 1-page typed abstract that briefly describes the proposed topic and explains how it relates to this year’s theme and the field of gender and/or sexuality studies more broadly. Abstracts should also include the student’s name, contact information, a tentative title, and the name of the professor with whom you are working or have worked (if applicable). Include the student’s contact information in the abstract. Please “share” abstracts via Google Drive with Dr. Wanda Balzano (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, balzanow@wfu.edu) and Dr. Liz Gandolfo (Divinity, gandoleo@wfu.edu). Do not send abstracts by email. Please name your document “Feminist Solidarities, (Your Name).”

Co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the School of Divinity at Wake Forest University

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