First Biennial EAAS Women's Network Symposium--The State of the Nation: American Women in the Twenty-First Century

full name / name of organization: 
EAAS Women’s Network

CFP: First Biennial EAAS Women's Network Symposium

The State of the Nation: American Women in the Twenty-First Century

Marie Curie-Skłodowska University

Lublin, Poland

Friday, March 27, 2015

As American women have obtained positions of world power, leader, and
strength they are still facing continual struggles to maintain and
shape their place within the public and private spheres. Legislation
attempting to dismantle the 1973 Roe v Wade decision, the 2014 Supreme
Court ruling in favor of an employer's right to choose a woman's
contraception, and continual battles for equal pay are just some of
the obstacles women still face. This one-day symposium seeks to
discuss contemporary issues facing American women by examining their
position in the United States and by assessing the "state of the
nation" in terms of gender equality.

The European Association for American Studies Women's Network invites
proposals that consider American Women in the Twenty-First Century
broadly conceived. We particularly encourage individual abstracts and
panels which incorporate transdisciplinary explorations of the
subject, and welcome submissions from any branch of American Studies.
Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

● Feminism and American Studies
● New frontiers for women
● American women writers
● Activists, organizational techniques, NGOs
● Feminist collaboration; collaboration across difference;
gender relations
● Women's Studies pedagogy/the language of feminism
● Women and American academia
● American women and cultural studies
● American women and consumer/popular culture
● American politics/the politics of the body
● Able-bodiedness/performativity
● Education, the economy, government, public policy
● Women and war/the military
● Women and medicine/health care
● Sexuality/LBTQ rights/reproductive rights
● The beauty industry, media, sports
● The work/family challenge
● American women of color
● Citizenship, immigration, and mobility
● Diaspora, and (forced) displacement
● FGM/violence/domestic abuse
● labor exploitation/the environment
● The impact of the Internet and social media outlets
(Facebook/Twitter) on American women
● Comparative approaches that include the United States

Proposals should be sent to the EAAS Women's Network
( and should consist of a 500 word
abstract in English, as well as a one-paragraph biography for each
participant. The time allowance for all presentations is 20 minutes.
An additional 10 minutes will be provided for discussion. Deadline for
proposal submission: December 15, 2014. Notification of proposal
acceptance: January 15, 2015.

More information will be posted on our website as it becomes