Towson University Women's Studies

CFP–Global Discourses in Women’s Studies
August 24, 2010, 5:17 pm
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Below is a call for papers for a conference in March, 2011 outside of Nashville, TN.  The conference theme is “Global Discourses in Women’s and Gender Studies,” and it is hosted by Middle Tennessee State University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

*Theme*:  Global Discourses in Women’s and Gender Studies
*Location:*  Middle Tennessee State University Campus (30 miles from Nashville)
*Date: * March 24-26, 2011
*Keynote Speaker: * Somaly Mam, Cambodian sex slave trade survivor and anti-human-trafficking activist. Mam was a 2006 CNN Hero and one of /Time Magazine/’s 100 Most Influential People of 2009. For more information, please go to
Proposal Description:*  We invite proposals for presentations on any topic on women’s and/or gender issues and debates from scholars, activists, non-profit professionals, and graduate students in all scholarly fields and disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, sciences, education, arts, design, business, and sports.

Given our conference theme, Global Discourses in Women’s and Gender Studies, we are very interested in presentations that provide feminist perspectives of the influence of global forces on women’s and/or gendered experience and that examine connections between local/national and global issues related to gendered existence.

We welcome a variety of presentation formats, such as individual paper presentations, panel sessions, round table discussions, performances, short films, and posters. Presentations are limited to 20 minutes, to be followed by questions and discussion. All proposals should meet the following criteria:

* 250-to 500-word description of presentation
* Brief bio
* Equipment request. Please be specific.

Proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2010 (notification by December 1, 2010)
Email proposals to:


CFP–motherhood & mothering
August 12, 2010, 7:42 am
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Below is a call for papers for the International Conference on Motherhood Activism, Advocacy, Agency which will be held in Toronto next May.

250-word abstracts and 50-word bios should be sent to by October 1, 2010


Grounded in a long history, in which women activists, writers, and feminists focused much effort on strengthening the social, personal, and political power of mothers, current motherhood research and activism makes maternal empowerment one of the major goals of its work. Contemporary examinations and deployments of women’s power as mothers-and mothers’ power as women-seek to grant women greater authority, resources, and status so that they can adequately care for their children while living full and purposeful lives. The aim of this conference is to explore activism, advocacy, and agency by and on behalf of mothers from a variety of perspectives and in a multitude of contexts.

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19th Annual USM Women’s Forum Conference
July 20, 2010, 12:43 pm
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Mark your calendars to join us for the 19th Annual USM Women’s Forum Conference!

This year’s conference, Beyond Sisterhood – Enlightened Women of the 21st Century, will be held at UMUC Friday, October 22, 2010. The event features lunchtime mentoring sessions, designated tracks for staff and faculty, a special after-hours onsite networking event, and much more!

Register by October 1, 2010 for the discounted rate of $65 (prices increase to $75 after October 1).

Book lodging (onsite through Marriott) by September 17, 2010 to reserve the special USMWF discounted rate of $109/night.

Visit us online at for additional conference information, including registration forms and lodging reservations

Call for Papers–Mothers and the Economy: The Economics of Mothering Conference
July 14, 2010, 12:47 pm
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Here is a CFP for a conference being held October 21-23, 2010, in Toronto, Canada. Abstracts (250 words) and bios (50 words) are due by AUGUST 1st, 2010. Send abstracts to Submissions are welcomed from scholars, students, activists, and workers, artists, mothers and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical and comparative work is encouraged. We encourage a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines, workshops, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts and other alternative formats.

One must be a member of Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) to present at this conference. Membership will begin May 1, 2010.

 Topics can include (but are not limited to):

the economics of maintaining sustainable family systems; mothering, appropriate technology and economics; mothering and microcredit; mothering and economic activism; mothering and economic activism through the arts; mothering with reduced resources; social and economic supports for mothering; mothering within the neoliberal context; motherwork and valuation of motherwork, mothering and the economics of unpaid labour; mothers-as-providers, mother-led cooperatives; the effects of privatization/commodification on women; mothering and the economics of raising children with disabilities; the economics of maternal mortality rates; the “selling” of mothering and the economics of consumerism;  consumption and the marketing of mothering; the economics of reproductive technologies and surrogacy; structural adjustment policies and mothering; the financial implications for mothers of family law reforms and welfare state developments, the economic impacts of environmental degradation on mothering; quantifications of mothering/caregiving/parenting as a part of the base structure of the economic productivity of society; children as economic assets/burdens; the actual value of domestic/unpaid labour; motherhood and the gender pay gap, mothering and the feminization of poverty; mothering, occupational segregation and the wage gap; the impacts of economic globalization on mothering and kinship networks; the envisioning and articulation of more human-centered economic systems and policies to enhance mothering/caregiving practices; Continue reading

Call For Papers–Colonization, Class and Women
July 7, 2010, 11:35 am
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Interesting conference coming up at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH on Colonization, Class and Women. the CFP is below:

Members of the John Carroll Community kindly invite submissions for our Fall Feminist Conference. Papers (1500 – 2500 words), abstracts (at least 500 words), and any proposals for workshops, panels, or discussions are welcome. Submissions should address colonization and its affects on women of color through feminist theory or interdisciplinary perspectives. As activist members of the John Carroll student body, we are sponsoring this conference as a continued effort to educate our community on topics related to women’s issues and feminist theory.

The spirit of the conference is thoroughly collaborative across ranks and disciplines, especially in terms of faculty- student collaboration. All accepted presentation will be paired with a commentator of a different rank (i.e. faculty papers will be assigned student commentators and vice versa). Papers, abstracts, and proposals may be submitted by individuals of any rank or, in cases where faculty- student collaboration is already established, by student- faculty partners. Faculty members or students interested in being a commentator should refer to the contact information below.

Submissions will be reviewed anonymously; therefore, names and ranks should appear on a cover page in a document separate from the submission. Please email all entries to Anastasia Mitchell at no later than September 1st, 2010. Decisions will be made by September 20th, 2010.

Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference, March 2010
July 6, 2010, 2:26 pm
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From Liz Barr:

In March of 2010, I was able to go to Columbia, South Carolina with Harriet Smith and Daniel Staples. We drove from Towson to attend SEWSA–the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference–where I was presenting a paper on AIDS art and AIDS activism.

My name badge.

Columbia was definitely swankier than I expected, at least in the downtown area near the University of South Carolina. The conference wasn’t huge, I would guess 200 people were in attendence. We met some folks from different programs around the country and were able to talk about our programs/research interests. Harriet, Dan and I went to panels on a bunch of different topics, including transgender theory, zine-making, transnational feminism, men and violence,  art as activism, and feminist parenting.

On the drive back, we stopped in South of the Border, SC which was….overwhelming. If you have never been to South of the Border, it is the most ridiculous place I have ever seen. Harriet and Dan both described it as a racist theme park, and I’m not sure I even know how to describe it. Perhaps that can be the subject of a future conference paper/panel……..

I am really glad that we were able to go to the conference. I definitely left feeling charged up about my Masters’ thesis, our women’s studies program, and the larger community of women’s studies scholars that exists around the country. I know both Dan and Harriet had a great time as well.

–Liz Barr