CFP: Sixteenth Annual Pacific Southwest Women's Studies Association Conference (2/28/06; 4/22/06)

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Bilger, Audrey
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Sixteenth Annual Pacific Southwest Womens Studies Association
Students and Teachers Working Together
Confronting Unnatural Disasters: Feminist Engagements Across and Within
April 22, 2006 - Occidental College, Los Angeles
Call for Proposals
In the last year, the world has experienced "natural" disasters of
horrific proportions
-- the Asian tsunami, hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean
mudslides in Central America, and an earthquake in Pakistan. The
enormity of
these disasters and the devastation that has resulted from connected
human failings
is borne out disproportionately along gender, race, and class lines.
Such disasters
and their consequences are also intricately connected in various ways
"unnatural disasters," such as the war on Iraq, the ravaging of the
environment, the
defunding of social support systems, and attacks on civil rights and
liberties. This
conference will focus on exploring the interconnections of such
disasters and their
consequences, the ways in which their deadly effects are both
exacerbated by
injustices and contribute to further injustices. We are particularly
interested in
research that focuses on the politics of engagement, of activist work in

communities to transform institutions and practices, and the
possibilities for
positive social change that will move us toward a more just,
disaster-free world.
We solicit proposals from students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty
community activists, and independent scholars for workshops, panels,
discussions, individual presentations, artistic and multimedia
performances, and practical applications. Possible topics and areas
include but are
not limited to: body politics; war and militarism; empire and
globalization in all its
forms; religious fundamentalism; femicide and the AIDS pandemic;
rights; sexualities; environmental degradation; poverty; the prison
complex; displacement and violence; issues of immigrants and refugees;
welfare reform. We encourage proposals for presentations on the
conference theme,
however proposals dealing with all areas of feminist research are
Proposals should be submitted via e-mail, preferably as Word
attachments, to:
Proposals must include: Title; abstract (100 word maximum ); contact
persons name, address, e-mail, and phone number; presenter name(s) with
academic and/or community affiliation; format (e.g., workshop, panel,
roundtable discussion, artistic presentation, or performance), and
audio/visual equipment requirements. (Equipment requests must be
included with original proposal.)
Proposal Deadline: February 28, 2006. For more information, visit <> or contact Deborah Mindry
at or (323)259 2524.
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