GeekGirlPower: Can't Stop the Signal (Seattle, Oct 8-9 2011) Deadline June 27, 2011

full name / name of organization: 
Karen Burrows / GeekGirlCon
contact email: 
k.burrows@sussex.ac.uk

GeekGirlCon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of and engaging in dialogue about the contributions of girls and women in the sciences, science fiction, comics, gaming, blogging, and related Geek culture. Their first annual convention will be held in Seattle on 8 and 9 October 2011 at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms.

In keeping with the themes of the con, this panel will examine where we’ve been, how far we’ve come, and how much further we have yet to go in terms of feminist representation in Geek culture. The panel co-opts the Serenity catchphrase “can’t stop the signal” to represent the breadth of geek girl presence as well as the fact that we are no longer willing to let our voices go unheard.

I am seeking accessible, critical pop-culture scholarship on feminist issues surrounding any of GeekGirlCon's special guests and/or their work:
Bonnie Burton
Marian Call
Carrie and Katie Goldman
Nancy and Bell Holder
Chase Masterson
Trina Robbins
Greg Rucka
Gail Simone
Jen Van Meter
(more information at http://www.geekgirlcon.com/con/guests/ )

I welcome applications from any discipline as well as from independent scholars.

Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words and a biography of 100-200 words to Karen Burrows, k.burrows@sussex.ac.uk, by 27 June 2011. Final papers should be maximum 15 minutes in length.

For more about GeekGirlCon, visit http://www.geekgirlcon.com/

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
science_and_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond