NWSA 2018: Feminist Visions of Futurism and Aging

deadline for submissions: 
February 8, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
National Women's Studies Association
contact email: 

The Age and Ageism Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association is now forming panels for the 2018 conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme for the conference is:

Just Imagine: Imagine Justice

Feminist Visions of Freedom, Dream Making, and the Radical Politics of Futurism

Conference Sub-Themes include:          

  • Afro-futurism, feminist futurists and surrealist writers and artists
  • Rethinking gender, sexuality, family, disability and the bio-politics of what is or is not human?
  • The future of the universities, schools, and knowledge production: maroon spaces, insurgent practices, and the future of disciplines and the interdisciplines?
  • Post-capitalism: imagining new economic futures
  • Revolutions and utopian projects: sustained, incomplete and derailed
  • Political, cultural and artist movements that “demand the impossible:” “abolition” and beyond
  • The earth’s future and the legacies of its past: environmental justice, climate change, indigeneity, land rights, wars and occupations.

 The topics of age, aging and ageism connect in many ways with the 2018 theme and subthemes. The Age and Ageism Caucus invites submissions for papers that explore these different aspects of the futures of age and aging. Possible topics may include from but are not limited to:

  • aging women in science fiction and fantasy
  • realities and representations queer aging
  • older women in activism & the importance of intergenerational legacies in activism
  • imagine justice: fighting ageism 
  • the futures of communal living & healthcare for aging persons
  • teaching about age and aging
  • the future of old age; science, politics, and culture
  • the significance of intersectionality for age studies 

 Please submit a 100-word abstract for your proposed paper by February 8th, 2018 to nwsa.aging@gmail.com. Along with the abstract, please include your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), and paper title. If you include sources in your abstract, please include a bibliography. 

 The Age and Ageism Caucus co-chairs will compile the abstracts and submit panels to the NWSA Conference for consideration. If your abstract is selected for a panel, you must register in the NWSA database so the co-chairs can submit your abstract. Please note that acceptance to a panel does not guarantee acceptance to the conference. While panel submissions have a higher rate of acceptance than individual papers, not all panels are accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact the Caucus chairs individually. The current chairs are Linda Hess (University of Frankfurt, linda.hess@em.uni-frankfurt.de) and Melanie Cattrell (Blinn College, melanie.cattrell@blinn.edu).