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Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Research Conference 2018

The deadline for submitting paper proposals has passed. Contact if you have further questions.

In the past year, the #MeToo movement catalyzed an international discussion about continuing widespread sexual harassment and sexual violence. It has also raised awareness about the context in which stories are told, heard or silenced. 

People have asked a variety of questions in efforts to understand how and why marginalized figures are able to speak, be seen and be heard. What role does community play? Narrative and discursive frameworks? Who is being represented and who remains invisible? Where does lack of coverage persist? How does storytelling function as healing and self-care, as a form of resistance, but what risks does it also invite?

This year, the University of South Dakota’s Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program invites individuals across disciplines to present their work on (Un)Told Stories and grapple with the personal and societal politics of storytelling at the intersection of gender and sexuality and other marginalized group identities, both today and historically.

The 2019 conference will feature keynote lectures by award-winning Native American journalist Sarah Manning and integrative wellness and life coach Dr. Adrianne Pinkney of b. Well.

Guidelines for Proposals

In addition to academic papers, we welcome posters, readings of creative writing and roundtable or workshop sessions. We are interested in proposals from undergraduate and graduate students. Students whose papers are accepted will have the opportunity to submit papers for the Student Paper Competition. If you are a visual or performance artist and are interested in being considered for the juried show in the John A. Day Gallery, please consult the Call for Art.

Individual (Paper, Reading, Poster) – Submit an abstract of 300-500 words detailing the content and scope of presentation. Include paper/project title, your name, affiliation/position and contact information. Individual presentations should not exceed 15 minutes.

Panel or Roundtable Session – Submit an abstract of 750 words that provides overview of the panel or roundtable topic and offers a brief summary of each paper (if a panel). Include session title, title of each paper/project and the name, affiliation/position and contact information of each presenter/panelist. Panel sessions should feature 3-4 presenters delivering 15 minute presentations and a session chair. Roundtable sessions should include a moderator and 3-5 presenters, not to exceed 90 minutes.