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Call for Papers: 25th Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies

Thu, November 9, 2017
Call for Papers: 25th Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies
25th Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies: Call for Papers


Call for papers

25th Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies

Graduate Student Conference

The University of Texas at Austin

March 30, 2018


Undisciplining Women’s and Gender Studies


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, and/or queer studies.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Undisciplining Women’s and Gender Studies.” In the traditional sense of the word, being undisciplined refers to a lack of self control, that is, to be unable to repress impulses and desires. To think of undisciplining in such terms begs an important question: What impulses and desires –what subjective and embodied epistemologies– have been sacrificed in order for Women’s and Gender Studies to gain scientific validity and disciplinary status?

The notion of undisciplining allows for a wealth of interpretations. If disciplining alludes to punishment, instruction, boundedness, and control, undisciplining evokes disobedience and an undoing of restrictive structures. Thus, undisciplining Women’s and Gender Studies can range from blurring the boundaries between different fields of study, to stepping away from the rules, methods, and admonished methodologies in the production of knowledge, and beyond.

For this conference, we strive to understand undisciplining women’s and gender studies in the broadest possible sense of the word and welcome interventions that seek to expand its meaning. Some questions to consider include:

  • What is the role of activism in academia?
  • How can ancestral knowledges and intuition be incorporated into epistemological research?
  • What is the place of literary fiction, narrative, art and/or performance in knowledge production?
  • How have indigenous, black, of color, queer, and trans scholars’ critiques of traditional methodologies contributed to the undisciplining of the field?
  • How can we historicize through new sources beyond the archive?
  • What are examples of undisciplined and unscientific research methods? What have been some of their applications?
  • How can we decolonize classrooms or How can we decolonize learning spaces?
  • Beyond multidisciplinary though, how to go about undoing the boundaries between fields of study?
  • What is the importance of the accessibility of academic production for different audiences (language, jargon, chosen media, spaces in which it circulates, etc.)?
  • 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 especially welcome submissions related 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: We also welcome innovative multimedia, artistic performances, and other forms of creative presentations.


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

For further questions, contact Vivian Rodríguez,


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


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