Annual WGS Conference

Saturday, March 25, 2017

This annual conference is a unique opportunity to celebrate the research and scholarship on women and gender, create community and solidarity between our universities, and bring together students, faculty and staff in an environment where everyone teaches and everyone learns.

We are pleased to include an embedded conference theme this year that encourages investigations of gender and precarity in U.S. and transnational contexts. Building on conversations at the 2015 National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference, the 2017 CFP includes an exploration of the contours of precarity and gender in 2016 and beyond. Defining precarity as a “politically induced condition in which certain populations suffer from failing social and economic networks of support and become differentially exposed to injury, violence, and death” (Butler, 2009, p. 25), this theme is particularly relevant to our investigations of gender. Suggestions for topics include but are not limited to:

  • Precarious Identities: Individual, Community, Culture
  • Precarious Labor
  • Precarity and the Politics of Nation
  • Questions of Vulnerability
  • Activism in Precarious Times
  • WGS Responses to Precarity
  • Gender and the Precarity of Globalized Bodies

Concordia University Chicago will host this conference of formal paper and poster/art presentations on Saturday March 25, 2017. CUC & DU students (undergraduate & graduate), alums, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate. To apply submit an abstract of a completed paper, artwork, or a work-in-progress which addresses gender or the study of women as a major theme.

NOTE: Presentation proposals are no longer being accepted for the 2017 conference. Thank you to all individuals who made submissions.


Registration for the 2017 WGS Conference has closed.

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