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UPDATE: GENDER ACROSS BORDERS II: RESEARCH SUBJECTS (Grad)
April 21-22, 2006
Institute for Research & Education on Women and Gender
State University of New York at Buffalo
Call for Papers - Extended Deadline: March 6, 2006
We welcome abstracts of papers and poster displays from all disciplines. Abstracts should be
submitted online at genderbuffalo.org or included in the body of an email sent to
adspain_at_buffalo.edu, and must not exceed 300 words. Please include a brief bio no longer
than 200 words.
Keynote Speakers: Bhanu Kapil, Naropa University
Molly Carnes (Wisconsin-Madison), Co-Director of Wiseli’s Women in Science & Engineering
CFP: An interdisciplinary conference focusing on women and gender, "Gender Across
Borders II: Research Subjects," takes seriously the subjection of bodies to research: we are
interested in ethical and contentious issues orbiting both subjects *of* research and subjects
*as* researchers. In particular, we are interested in proposals and research that take into
account the sexed and gendered nature of their subjects. Proposals for panels and individual
papers might consider:
Subjects of research:
-- Research Methodology and our Subjects: Research, methodology, writing, openly
concerned with the sex/gender/sexuality of its subjects. Papers might consider how
research situates our subjects in relation to gender, sex, or neutrality, and/or in relation to
other social ‘indicators’ such as “race,” class, disability, nationality, etc. Explorations of
implications of methodology, categorization, and sampling of populations making visible the
particularity of subjects are of special interest, as are papers that address how such
categorization might effectively hurt our subjects. Papers might also address the
incorporation or exclusion of sexed/gendered/sexualized dimensions of subjects (intentional
or otherwise) in social planning, policy, architecture, design, art, and media. The subjection
of *oneself* to gendered/sexed/ sexuality research and analysis (self-reflexive
ethnographies, new & mixed media, art, film, etc.) are also welcome.
--Goals of Research: consideration of sex/gender/sexuality of subjects in terms of the
effects of and/or goals of research, therapy, treatment, artistic or theoretical interventions.
--Subjects in Context: implications of situating, analyzing, and/or treating gendered
subjects within a specific social context whether defined as global, transnational, rural,
--“Other” Subjects: non-human life, animal research (ethics and care), sexuation, inanimate
subject matter, objects of study. Perspectives on the relation between human and the non-
human are also welcome.
--Material and Historical Conditions of Research: considerations of the production of
knowledge, research, artifacts, artwork, both historically and in the present, including
analysis of physical space of research, geography, funding, access to materials, institutional
Subjects as researchers:
--Productive Constraints of Researchers: Analyses of how (gendered) researchers are
subjected to particular methodologies and constraints, whether temporal, material,
economic, physical or geographic. One might consider the productive limitations therefore
placed on data, analysis and conclusions. Or, one might reflect on the position of the self as
observer, how one situated to see/analyze/look in particular ways. We very much encourage
retrospective analyses of completed projects, presentations and analyses of research in
progress (dissertations, thesis work, experiments, etc.), or descriptions of future research
given such considerations.
--Subjects of Empire/Colonizing Subjects and Research.
--The Demand: “Subjects, research!” Issues of collaboration, supervision, and authority
(pre- & postdoctoral relationships); research as labor; questions of subjectivity and writing.
--Emerging Women Scientists and Engineers: Researchers whose work does not explicitly
discuss gender are welcomed and encouraged to present their current research in format
most appropriate to their work: panel discussion, power-point presentations and/or poster
--“Work Life” Forums: balancing research, non-academic life, family, sanity.
This list is not intended to be exhaustive.
Two poster-prizes will be awarded to outstanding poster displays in the exhibit
accompanying the symposium.
Deadline for Poster Abstracts: April 1, 2006
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