Thinking Gender '14 Conference CFP (Submissions by Oct. 14, 2013)(Conference on Feb. 7, 2014)

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Center for the Study of Women

Call for Papers

Thinking Gender is a public conference highlighting graduate student research on women, gender and/or sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods, including future ones. We invite submissions for individual papers or pre-constituted panels on any topic pertaining to women, gender, and/or sexuality. This year, we especially welcome feminist research on: privacy, diversity, and/or demographics in the age of big data; appetites (pleasure, food, electronics); gender, sexuality, and the new brain sciences (cognitive sciences, psychobiology); the perils of "post-feminism" (feminism backlash, hypo/hypersexualities, redefining feminist activism); gender, sex, and criminality; pleasure and ethics (media and advertising, sexuality); gendered spaces (spatial theories, urban planning, domesticity); and self-staging in public discourse (reality TV, user forums, "selfies"/self-narration and "autographies").

CSW accepts submissions for both individual papers and pre-constituted panels from all active graduate students. In order to give everyone an opportunity to present, we do not accept submissions from people who presented at Thinking Gender in the previous year. Also no previously published material is eligible.

Students proposing individual papers are to submit a cover page (provided on our website), an abstract (250 words), a CV (2 pages maximum), and a brief bibliography (3-5 sources), for consideration. All components are to be delivered in one document and labeled according to the submission guidelines found on the CSW website. For panels, a 250-word description of the panel topic is required, in addition to the materials that must be provided for individual paper submissions.


Plenary Panel on Pleasure, displeasure, and ethics
Thinking Gender 2014

Is pleasure problematic? This year's Thinking Gender plenary will feature papers on topics that concern feminist and queer studies in relation to pleasure, displeasure, and ethics. For the past several decades, feminists have engaged debates concerning, for example, pleasure and danger, "guilty pleasures," and feminism as anti-pleasure. Clearly a contested notion, pleasure poses theoretical, and sometimes practical problems for many feminist academics and scholars. Are there "good" and "bad" forms of pleasure? What kinds of ethical frameworks are relevant to discussions about pleasure? What are the politics of pleasure facing women, girls, and LGBTQ people in the contemporary age? How is pleasure normalized and/or resisted in heteropatriachies? We would also like to consider the consequences of pleasure, whether in material terms (political, economic, social, industrial), or within the affective-emotional-sensorial realms (happiness, excitement, guilt, shame). We invite scholarship engaging compelling, substantive, and even provocative approaches to this subject. We also welcome intersectional analyses concerning gender, race, sexuality, culture, and/or religion as they factor into pleasurable enterprises and practices.

Possible topics on pleasure and women/gender/sexuality could include:
o "girlie" feminism and the embrace of feminine vanity
o pop culture and generic pleasures in media, literatures, and the arts
o agency and coercion in pleasure industries, i.e. pornography and sex work
o sexuality, race, and (neo)colonialism
o fetishism (object, race, power, culture)
o food practices and ethics
o "post-feminism" and pleasure
o desire and consumerist consumption
o carnal aesthetics in feminist art and media
o beauty and fashion cultures
o pleasure, displeasure, and affect
o trauma and (dis)pleasure
o pleasure politics and class

Please submit a 250 word abstract, a CV (2 pages maximum), and a brief bibliography (3-5 sources) by October 14th (see guideline submissions on website); and an 8-10 page draft of your paper by Dec. 1, 2013.

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Deadline for Submissions: abstract due by Oct. 14, draft by Dec. 1, 2013 by noon

Conference to be held on:
Friday, February 7, 2014

Please visit our website for submission guidelines: