Sights/Sites/Cites of Resistance
Sites/Sights/Cites of Resistance
University of Wisconsin – Madison Gender and Women’s Studies Graduate Symposium
Date: March 29th -30th, 2019
Inspired by the ongoing necessity of resistance in today’s political climate, the Gender and Women’s Studies department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison invites proposals that consider resistance broadly and across disciplinary boundaries. We are seeking graduate student papers, panel proposals, social justice projects, healing workshops, and art and performance pieces that critically investigate how aesthetics, bodies, knowledges, performances, and scholarly and artistic practices function as sites/sights/cites of resistance in myriad ways. Of particular interest are the different possibilities for resistance enacted by queer, crip, Two Spirit, feminist, trans, indigenous, POC, and decolonial ways of knowing, seeing, and being. Recognizing the University of Wisconsin’s settler colonial relation to the Ho-Chunk, Potawatomi, Menominee, Oneida, Chippewa, and Mohican tribes, nations and communities, the conference highlights indigeneities and de-colonial practices both in the upper Midwest and globally.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Intersectional Approaches to Reclaiming Identity and History
- Race, Disability, Indigeneity and Queerness
- Alternative Embodiments, Bodywork Practices, and Body Modifications
- Political and Social Opposition
- Queer Community and Kinship
- Navigating Hostile Climates
- Resistance and Reclamation of Identity in Medicine, Science, and Engineering
- Carcerality, Carceral Systems, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
- Resistance in American Contexts, Global Contexts, and/or the Global South
- Labor, Capital, and Economics
- Transgression and Punishment
These are just some of the many possibilities for submissions. Papers on all genres, periods, and methodologies will be considered, including creative work and healing workshops.
Presentation Modes & Abstract Due Dates:
Paper Presentation: We welcome individual papers no longer than 20 minutes. Please send a 250-300 word abstract of your paper to GWSCONFERENCE19@GMAIL.COM by midnight on January 4th, 2019.
Panel Presentation: We welcome proposals for panels up to 60 minutes in length, allowing time for a question and answer period. Proposals should include a title, rationale for the panel, and individual paper abstracts of 250-300 words. Please send all of this information to GWSCONFERENCE19@GMAIL.COM by midnight on January 4th, 2019.
Creative Presentation: We welcome proposals for creative performances or presentations. Please send a 250-300 word abstract or artist statement to GWSCONFERENCE19@GMAIL.COM by midnight on January 4th, 2019.
Healing Workshops: We welcome proposals for workshops broadly related to processes of healing up to 90 minutes in length. Proposals should include a title, brief explanation of activities, and a 250-400 word abstract contextualizing the workshop in relation to the symposium theme. Please send abstracts to GWSCONFERENCE19@GMAIL.COM by midnight January 4th, 2019.
Keynote speaker: Micha Cárdenas