Intersections and Assemblages: Genders and Sexualities Across Cultures, April 4-5, 2014

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Associated Colleges of the South, and Furman University
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Intersections and Assemblages: Genders and Sexualities Across Cultures
The 10th Biennial Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Women's and Gender Studies Conference, April 4-5, 2014
Location: Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.

The Associated Colleges of the South and Furman University invite papers, panels, and/or proposals for roundtable sessions for the tenth biennial Gender Studies Conference to be held at Furman University, Greenville, SC on April 4th and 5th, 2014.

The theme of the conference recognizes the multiplicity and diversity of scholarly approaches and activism to the long-standing aspiration for the abolition of all forms of inequality based on gender and/or sexuality. It also recognizes and welcomes transnational and cross-cultural or comparative perspectives on gender and sexuality in addition to those in/on the West.

While the intersectionality of categories of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other markers of location or positionality has long been established in scholarship, we would like to think that the concept metaphor of 'assemblages' can also be useful in looking back and thinking ahead of new, emergent, or utopian forms of solidarity in the many ongoing or past intersectional movements in different locations that may or may not be operating in tandem with one another. What do we see when we map what we do collectively as intellectuals? Are we now at a juncture where we may begin to re-assess and revitalize the much-expanded field or related cluster of fields that constitute Gender Studies? What can we learn about the exercise of and resistance to new, or not-so-new forms of power based in dominant or emerging cultural practices that impact our understanding of gender and sexuality?

Faculty, staff, and students of ACS institutions and beyond are invited to submit 250-300 word abstracts of paper proposals or entire panels in MS Word format along with a short biographical statement to this address: The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2013. Proposals may interpret the theme and the following list of suggested topics broadly:

Diversity in/of Genders and Sexualities
Gender-Queer-Global Intersections
Sexual Inequalities in Neoliberal Times/University
New Normativities of the Future
Affect and Embodiment
Rhetorics of Materiality
Feminist, Queer, Trans Theories: Convergences and Divergences
Gender and Science/Neuroscience
Is Feminism Over? Is there a Fourth Wave?
Gender Pedagogies for Today
Gender and Sport
Genders, Sexualities and Minority Ethnicities
Feminisms and the Financial Crisis
Feminisms and the Environmental Crisis
Queer Economics
Gender and Trans(-)media
Postcolonial Feminisms
LGBTQ and the Postcolonial
Margins within Margins
Space and Gender
Bodies Under Religion and/or Law