Call For Papers: Gender Matters Conference

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Jason Zingsheim / Governors State University
contact email: 

Gender Matters is an academic conference highlighting research on gender, women, and sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods. Conference planners seek to bring together students, activists, and researchers from the Chicagoland area and Midwest region to discuss the ongoing role of gender in structuring society. We invite submissions for individual papers or pre-constituted panels.

The theme playfully invokes the germinal work of Judith Butler referencing both Gender Trouble and Bodies that Matter. Broadly, conference planners invite work on all matters of gender. More specifically, we are particularly interested in work that explicates how gender matters, and continues to matter, in our world. Potential topics for papers or panels include, but are not limited to: globalization; social justice; futurity and queer temporalities; performativity; intersectionality with ethnicity, race, and/or citizenship; health disparities; gendered, racialized, and sexualized bodies; sexual subcultures; activism; queer intimacy and kinship; transgender rights; queer(ed) histories and historically queer; feminisms; drag performance; masculinities; gender and/or sexuality as studied in any field.

Submission guidelines and forms can be found at:
Please note that only submissions adhering to the stated guidelines will be accepted.

For individual papers, please submit a title page with complete author contact information, and an abstract of 250 words.

For panels, please submit a 500 word rationale and description of the panel, type of panel (paper panel, roundtable discussion, performance), contact information for all panelists; and 250 word abstracts for each presenter.

Please direct inquiries to Dr. Jason Zingsheim at

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: 31 January 2011
Acceptance Notifications: 18 February 2011
Conference Registration Deadline: 15 March 2011 ($15 students; $30 faculty)*
Late Registration: 16 March – 5 April 2011 ($25 students; $40 faculty)*
Gender Matters Conference: 8 April 2011
*Registration fee includes access to conference proceedings including paper and panel presentation, keynote address, continental breakfast, and lunch.