Sustaining Women's Studies: SAMLA 2014, Nov. 7-9, Atlanta, GA
In keeping with the theme of this year's conference, "Sustainability and the Humanities," the Women's Studies regular session invites paper proposals exploring how feminist scholarship both has and can address issues of sustainability in our culture as well as academic humanities fields. The conference will address the sustainability of the humanities in an ever-more digitized and technologically oriented culture. How have women's studies responded to the changing landscape of the humanities professions? What does the area of women's studies see as important elements of the humanities that should be preserved—or not—in the face of rapidly changing institutional infrastructures? In what ways have or can feminisms offer real solutions to building inclusive, multicultural databases of information? In what ways can feminisms offer suggestions for creating more democratic and inclusive access to digital content and technological resources as the humanities expands? How can feminisms offer insights into media literacy and open-access paradigms in an increasingly globalizing world?
Presentations for this panel might examine particular writers who embody these issues in their works, as well as practical implementations or approaches to issues of sustainability, or they might focus on broader issues in the area of feminisms and women's studies. Possible topics for consideration:
• Feminist responses to changes in higher educational practices
• Labor, contingent faculty, and feminism
• Digital Humanities and women's studies
• Sustaining women's and gender studies programs in academia
• The role of feminism and women's students in global literacy
• Creating feminist spaces outside of academia
• Activism in the digital age
Please send a 300-400 word abstract (in word doc or rich text format), a brief bio, and A/V requirements by June 15, 2014 via email to Anna Esquivel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amy King (amykatherineking at gmail.com). All proposals should include the title of the paper, author's name, email address, and author's institutional affiliation.