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Emerging Scholarship in Women's & Gender Studies Graduate Student Conference

Emerging Scholarship in Women's & Gender Studies Graduate Student Conference

Call for Presenters for the 27th Annual Emerging  Scholarship in Women's  and Gender

Studies Graduate Student  Conference (March 24 & 25, 2020)

“New Ways of Knowing, New Fields of (Be)longing: Emerging  Feminist Methods and

Methodologies”

The Center for Women's & Gender Studies (CWGS) conference offers both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to share their research with the students and faculty of CWGS, The University of Texas at Austin community, and CWGS community partners. We invite individual papers, creative writing and artistic posters, and performance pieces from participants in any discipline whose research focuses on women's, gender, sexuality, transgender, and/or queer studies.

The theme for this year’s conference is “New Ways of Knowing, New Fields of (Be)longing: Emerging Feminist Methods and Methodologies.” Historically, Women’s and Gender Studies as a field has embraced feminist epistemologies, which reject objectivity and dominate notions of truth. Feminist epistemology has in turn produced feminist methods and methodologies that center the embodied experience of the research subject(s), positioning those experiences as the most important informants of feminist theory. Within the field, Black feminist theorists in particular have spearheaded the ongoing project of troubling rigid episteme and producing radical feminist methods. This is most evident through the Black feminist constructions of autoethnography, decolonial feminist thought, manifesto as theory, and the framework of intersectionality.

Scholars from many fields have begun to incorporate feminist methodologies in their work, and in turn transform the traditional methods of their field. Scholars trained in fields such as Black Studies, Media Studies, and English have produced some of the most pertinent contemporary feminist work. At the same time, scholars within the field of Women’s and Gender Studies continue to expand upon the limitless potential of radical feminist methodologies. Many of these scholars find themselves in between fields rather than exclusively within one, making the (re)imagining of new and current fields a very relevant longing.

This conference will highlight work from various fields that seriously considers and engages with feminist methods and methodologies, especially those that center indigenous, Black, of color, queer, and trans analyses. Some further questions to consider are:

-     What makes your research methods feminist?

-     What fields are you (re)imagining and/or longing for?

-     How do emerging feminist methodologies trouble traditional ways of knowing?

-     Where do feminist methodologies fit into the project of decolonizing knowledge?

-     How do feminist methods center indigenous, Black, of color, queer, and trans embodied knowledge(s)?

-     And more!

Presentation at this conference will count towards the WGS MA Program, and the WGS Graduate Portfolio Certificate and/or the WGS Graduate Portfolio Certificate LGBTQ Studies Track.*  We will consider work previously presented at another conference or produced during coursework, and especially encourage submissions relevant to this year’s theme.

Submissions: Students proposing individual presentations (15 minutes) on any topic must submit a 250-word abstract, a one sentence description of the presentation, and a 1-2 sentence biography (in third person) through the Participant Application Form available at: https://form.jotform.com/92825289676172

Deadlines:  January 15th, for priority consideration; February 1st, for full consideration.

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For further questions, contact Faith Williams at fgwill@utexas.edu

 

 

*More information about the WGS Portfolio Certificate is available at:

https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/cwgs/graduate/portfolio.php


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