Global Conference on Women and Gender Playreading

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Christopher Newport University
contact email: 

Christopher Newport University’s

College of Arts and Humanities seeks 45-minute scripts or excerptsfor the forthcoming conference on the

Global Conference on Women and Gender 

to be held at CNU, March 19-21, 2020


Scripts should engage with the theme of the conference (see below).

The script will be presented as a staged reading followed by a response which includes the playwright as well as additional scholar/artists who can speak to the themes of the work, specific date TBD.


  • Plays or excerpts should tell a complete story at no more than 45 minutes. A script may be adapted from a longer play, but must be a complete work as presented.
  • Readers will be local college students. Please keep this in mind if specific character casting is required.
  • Playwright must attend the reading and talkback session. There are no fees associated with the conference, but no travel or housing assistance is available at this time.
  • No restrictions on previous productions or development, but play must be free from performance fees.


Please submit a script in PDF format with complete contact information, history of performance or development, cast of characters, a synopsis of 100-300 words, including how the script engages with the themes of the conference.


Submit scripts here:


Scripts will be read in the order they are received and once a suitable script is chosen, no additional submissions will be accepted. Unfortunately, due to lack of resources, only the chosen playwright will be contacted. Final deadline of November 1, 2019.


This year's conference theme is

Gender, Politics and Everyday Life: Power, Resistance and Representation

This interdisciplinary conference brings together participants from all academic fields to engage in wide-ranging conversations on gender and politics around the world. While formal politics loom large in 2020, we encourage an expansive understanding of political action and expression, inspired by Carol Hanisch’s essay, “The Personal is Political,” which sees all relationships of power as political and connects women’s experiences, self-expression, and values to their lives as political actors and subjects.

Topics may include but are not limited to the past and/or present intersection of gender and politics in:


  • Suffrage expansion
  • Feminism
  • Voting and candidacy
  • Organizing and activism
  • Media representation
  • Artistic and literary expression
  • Motherhood and family life
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Reproductive rights
  • Race and racism
  • Disability rights
  • Employment
  • Poverty
  • Education
  • Health
  • Violence
  • Religion
  • Law
  • Business and management
  • Leadership
  • Social media