[UPDATE] "Mysterious Things" (11/1/2009; 3/4-6/2010)

full name / name of organization: 
Ashley Hetrick / Graduate Symposium on Women's & Gender History (UIUC)
contact email: 
gendersymp@gmail.com

“Mysterious Things”: The 11th Annual Graduate Symposium on Women’s and Gender History

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign / March 4-6, 2010

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2009

The Executive Committee of the Eleventh Annual Graduate Symposium
on Women’s and Gender History at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce this call for papers.  The
Symposium, which is the capstone event of the History Department’s
Women’s History month celebration, is scheduled for March 4-6, 2010.
To celebrate and encourage further work in the field of women’s and
gender history, we invite submissions from graduate students from any
institution and discipline.  The Symposium organizers welcome
individual papers on any topic in the field of women’s and gender
history; papers submitted as a panel will be judged individually.
Preference will be given to scholars who did not present at last
year’s Symposium.

The Symposium Executive Committee is interested in assembling a
geographically, temporally, and topically diverse body of papers.  This
year’s theme, “Mysterious Things,” speaks to a variety of trends that
are currently shaping the field of women’s and gender history.  This is
particularly the case as we march on through a world where things—be
they ideas, objects, or some strange mix thereof—continue to delight,
baffle, liberate, and ruin individuals, as well as global institutions.
Successful proposals could directly explore and build upon the
implications of the moment in Marx’s thought concerning commodities,
wherein what should become inanimate matter actually assumes a
mysterious, yet undeniable kind of life.   Proposals could begin to
chart out this life in a variety of fields—particularly gender and
sexuality—and its effects upon those with whom it comes into contact.
Indeed, gender and sexuality are, themselves, mysterious things, and
proposals could also include any work that seeks to expose and
demystify their strange functions in the everyday life of people and
institutions.  We welcome all proposals that seek to examine and
interrogate any of the nebulous, enigmatic areas included under the
rubric of gender and women’s history.  The choice of theme is
purposefully broad but provocative, inviting perspectives and
reflections from a variety of temporal, geographical, and
inter/disciplinary perspectives.

For this year, the Eleventh Annual Symposium, we are delighted to
announce a keynote speaker who engages many of these themes in his
work: Kevin Floyd, Associate Professor of English, Kent State
University, author of The Reification of Desire: Toward a Queer Marxism
(University of Minnesota Press, 2009).

The journal Gender & History will again sponsor a prize for the
best graduate student paper presented at the Symposium.  Conference
presenters will also have the opportunity to publish their work in the
on-line proceedings volume. We possess limited resources to subsidize
travel expenses for presenters. Giving priority to presenters with
limited conference experience, we will allocate these funds based on
the quality of presenters’ proposals and the availability of funds.

To submit a paper or panel by email (preferred method); please send
only one attachment in Word or PDF format containing a 250-word
abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae for each paper presenter,
commentator, or panel chair to gendersymp@gmail.com .  The subject line
of the email must read "Attn: Programming Committee.”  We cannot be
responsible for submissions that do not meet these conditions.

To submit a paper or panel in a hard copy format, please send five
(5) copies of all abstracts and curriculum vitae to: Programming
Committee, Graduate Symposium on Women's and Gender History 309 Gregory
Hall, MC 466, 810 S. Wright Street Urbana, Illinois 61801.

For more information, please contact Programming Committee Chair, T.J. Tallie at gendersymp@gmail.com .

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