Call for Proposals: 2018 Annual CPC Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies Conference

2018 Annual Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Conference
Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Consortium and the WGSS programs of
Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, and Gettysburg College

Saturday, April 7, 2018
8:15 am – 4:30 pm
Dickinson College
Althouse Hall
45 N. College Street
Carlisle, PA


THEME: Queer Politics

Author of Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure,
Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, and The Marrow’s Telling.

DEADLINE for submitting proposals: Monday, December 4, 2017

The Central Pennsylvania Consortium (CPC), comprised of Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, and Gettysburg Colleges, announces its Annual Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Conference and solicits proposals for this student conference on April 7, 2018 at Dickinson College.

The past fifteen years have witnessed the decriminalization of gay sex, the rise of marriage equality, and increasing, transnational visibility of LGBTQ lives – many positive developments. Queer theorists, however, would caution that these forms of progress are reliant on processes of normalization, further marginalizing queer lives that don’t cleave to these implicitly classed and racialized norms of “good” gay sex, bodies, relationships, and identities. Both their warnings and visions have gained considerable traction recently: debates over same-sex marriage brought renewed attention to how the special rights of marriage tend to benefit more economically-secure, educated, non-disabled, and white communities; laws discriminating against trans and gender nonconforming people also limit increases to the minimum wage; and the Black Lives Matter Movement has centered violence against gender nonconforming, differently-abled, and poor people of color. Consequently, this conference will explore evolving understandings of Queer Politics from an intersectional, social justice perspective. How does queerness complicate ingrained understandings of sexual behavior and gendered bodies, particularly as they are shaped by race, nation, ability, class, and culture? In what ways does approaching queerness not only as an identity or set of desires, but as a politics shift our understandings of the relationships between everyday lives and structures of power, whether economic, governmental, institutional, medical, cultural, or familial?

We seek proposals for panels, individual oral presentations, and posters from undergraduate and graduate students from area colleges and universities across the disciplines and interdisciplines related to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Because this conference features both a reading and keynote from genderqueer and disability activist Eli Clare, we are particularly interested in papers that comment on his work, or themes related to it. We also seek papers that address Queer Politics broadly.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

• Translives
• Representation and Queer Culture
• Ability and Crip Theory
• Racial Justice
• Incarceration
• Environmental (In)Justice
• Feminisms
• Queer of Color Critique
• State and Extrajudicial Violence
• Popular Culture and the Arts
• Space, Rurality, Metropole
• Afterlife of same-sex marriage
• Queer Indigeneity
• Pinkwashing and Homonationalism
• Religion
• Neoliberalism
• Queering the Curriculum
• Sports
• Queering Methodologies
• Migration
• Queer Places and Institutions
• Global Queer Politics
• Affect
• Queering History
• Law and Policy
• Education
• Allyship
• Alliance and Coalition Politics

Please send a one-page proposal by Monday, December 4, to Kathy Missildine, Executive Assistant to the CPC ( 

At the top of your proposal, include the following information:
1)   Full name and class year, or degree, of presenter(s); if a panel, include all panelists’ names
2)   Format – panel, individual oral presentation, or poster
3) Institution or place of study
4)   Email address
5)   Mailing address
6) Title of presentation

Proposals for individual oral presentations and posters should include a 250-word abstract describing the project. Proposals for panels should include the title and a 250-word abstract for each presentation to be included.

For further questions, contact Kathy Missildine, Executive Assistant to the CPC (, 717-358-4282, or Elizabeth Lee, chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (

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