Wilkes University


Call for Proposals for the Annual Women's and Gender Studies Conference

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The Wilkes University Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the King’s College Women’s Studies Program are pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the Spring 2018 Women’s and Gender Studies Conference to be held April 9 and 10 at Wilkes University.  Proposals are due by Feb. 23, 2018.  Please use this link to submit your 150-word abstract.

Our theme, “The Art of Activism,” was inspired by the myriad of ways in which people use art to draw attention to unjust social conditions and to affect change. Over the past year in particular we have seen people use their talent and skill to create poems, songs, “pussy hats,” and other creative pieces to draw attention to sexism, racism, rape culture, and political policies that threaten human rights. It is our hope that this year’s theme will encourage conversations that center around change and the ways in which each of us can take part in activities, no matter how big or small, to change consciousness and create a more just and equitable world.  As in years past, we are happy to have presentations on a broad range of gender and social justice-related topics, which do not have to connect directly to the conference theme. 

We invite students, staff, faculty and community members to participate in this conference. Session types include research presentations, panel discussions, video screenings, and performance art (e.g., poetry slam, dramatic performance, dance). We also welcome presentations about service learning, community service and travel abroad opportunities.

This year’s keynote address which will be given by Aphra Behn, a celebrated performer, playwright, producer, artistic director, feminist activist, and a member of the Guerrilla Girls. Ms. Behn will deliver her address, “Push/Pushback: 9 Steps to make a difference with art and activism,” on Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Henry Student Center at Wilkes University. Using her experiences as a member of the Guerilla Girls for twenty years, Behn will provide a guide to answer the most prominent question she has received in her years as an activist: How can one person institute change? She will also hold a signing of her memoir, UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour, which will be on sale at in the Ballroom before and after the address. 

For more information or questions about the conference please contact Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, at jennifer.thomas@wilkes.edu or Dr. Nicole Mares, Director of Women’s Studies at King’s College, at nicolemares@kings.edu.