Climates of Violence, Coalitions of Care

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University
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Call for Papers for the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality 13th Annual Graduate Symposium

Climates of Violence, Coalitions of Care

April 10th, 2020
Rice University, Houston, TX

The Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Rice University invites panel and paper proposals for our 2020 Spring Graduate Symposium that offer analysis and critique of contemporary climates of violence. We are eager to receive submissions that imagine alternative futures and coalitions of care. Participants may consider the role violence plays in structuring climates, places, and spaces, with a particular focus on the geopolitical histories and the racial, gendered, and class- based realities of those structures.

Intentionally broad in scope, this symposium aims to think through the entanglement of climate, violence, and care in a plurality of contexts, especially as it is understood within lived experience. How and where do these climates of violence make themselves known and felt? With which tools can these climates of violence be perpetuated, mitigated, or resisted? What kinds of future climates can coalitions of care engender? What would this solidarity look like?

The symposium works in tandem with the Rice Feminist Seminar “Climates of Violence, Politics of Change.” Seminar participants are welcome to build on their current projects or explore, along with the symposium panelists, any of the following subtopics:


  • Institutional violence

  • Representational violence

  • Human trafficking

  • Sexual violence

  • Toxicity

  • Settler colonialism and environmental justice

Place and Space

  • Mappings, cartographies, and racial geographies

  • U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

  • Liminal and third spaces

  • Borders and Mobility

  • Genres of place

  • Borders of the body

  • Decentering the Human


  • Climate change(s)
  • Climates of Migration
  • Climates of racism and white supremacy
  • Climates of Reproduction
  • Climates of war; violence and the nation-state


  • Alternative histories/narratives of ecocriticism
  • Activisms, including spiritual activism
  • Futurity & possibility
  • Disability justice
  • Queer coalitions

Please submit all proposals by February 15, 2020, to Individual paper proposals should consist of a title and 250-word abstract. Each individual presentation should be 12– 15 minutes in length. In addition to individual paper proposals, we also welcome submissions for thematically-organized panels. Panel proposals should be accompanied by an additional 100-word explanation of the panel’s main themes. Panels should be composed of 2–4 papers, and we strongly encourage interdisciplinary panels. If you have any questions, please contact Sophia Martinez-Abbud (, Jalylah Burrell (, or Stephanie Santos (