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Red River Women's Studies Conference: Bodies, Spaces, and Powers
Date: October 27-28, 2016
Dr. Danya Qato
Fulbright Scholar, Institute of Community and Public Heath and Birzeit University in Palestine
“At the Margins: Women’s Health Under Occupation”
Dr. Ladelle McWhorter
Stephanie Bennett Smith Chair in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, University of Richmond.
“In Perpetual Disintegration: A Foucault-Inflected Look at How Machine-Bodies Became Normalized Bodies”
Call For Proposals
The 16th Annual Red River Women’s Studies Conference will focus on the theme Bodies, Spaces, and Powers. This interdisciplinary conference will examine gendered human bodies’ interactions with the political and social spaces in which they operate.
We invite proposals for panels, individual papers, workshops, posters, and creative presentations for this year’s conference. Possible topics for presentations include but are not limited to:
- Colonization, occupation, gentrification: contestation and negotiation
- Intersectionality of oppressions
- Prisons, incarceration, surveillance of bodies, and the modern police state
- Depictions of the body in media and popular culture
- Modes of self-disciplining, training, or containing the body
- Rape culture, issues of consent, trespass, bodily integrity and boundaries
- Women and minorities in academic spaces
- Parental and caretaker rights
- Postmodern/fluid/plastic/virtual bodies
- Access to health care
- Human trafficking
The University of North Dakota’s Women and Gender Studies Program invites students, faculty, independent scholars, and community activists to submit proposals for panels, papers, and workshops that address any of the key areas above, or other themes relevant to the fields of Women and Gender Studies. Panel proposals should include a 250-word description of the panel topic, as well as 250-word abstracts of each paper/presentation. Proposals for individual presentations or posters should provide a 250-word abstract of that presentation/poster. Electronic proposals are preferred, and should be emailed to RRWSC2016@gmail.com. Hard copies of proposals may be mailed to: RRWSC 2016/Women and Gender Studies, University of North Dakota, 221 Centennial Dr., Stop 7113, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7113. All proposals will be evaluated on a competitive basis through the peer-review process.
Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2016.
Sandra Donaldson Award in Women and Gender Studies
Date: Contest ends October 1, 2015
The UND Women and Gender Studies Program announces a contest for the best works of research and/or creative expression produced by UND students that wholly or in significant part address issues related to women and/or gender studies. We encourage students who have produced works in a variety of disciplines, from the arts and humanities to the social sciences and physical sciences, to submit their research papers and creative projects for consideration.
$100 prizes will be awarded at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Deadline for submission is October 1, 2015. Entries should be delivered to the Women and Gender Studies Office (O’Kelly Hall 133; Stop 7113) or submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Label entries with the student author’s phone number, home address, and email contact information.
Submissions must be the student’s original research or creative work. The project need not have been completed during the academic year in which it is submitted, but previous entries may not be resubmitted. Please limit submissions to written work of no more than 10,000 words (including citations) or one piece of visual art plus a brief interpretive text. If submitting a portion of a larger project (e.g. one chapter of a thesis), please include a brief explanation of how this piece fits within and contributes to the larger project.
This contest is named in honor of Dr. Sandra Donaldson, Professor Emerita of English and Women Studies at the University of North Dakota and one of the world’s top scholars of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Her five volume scholarly edition, The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, was published by Pickering & Chatto in 2010. When Dr. Donaldson began teaching at UND in 1977, she was one of only a few women in the Department of English. Since that time she has been an active proponent of social and intellectual diversity at the University. She helped to found UND’s Women Studies Program, and later served as its director. She was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award for Development and Service, as well as the UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research. She was named a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in 2004. She retired in 2012 after thirty-five years of scholarship, feminist activism, and service to the University of North Dakota.