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Gender Studies Symposium

Call for Proposals



March 7-9, 2018
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You are invited to submit proposals for presentation at the 37th Annual Lewis & Clark College Gender Studies Symposium, March 7-9, 2018.

This interdisciplinary symposium is designed to bring together people from academia, activism, and the arts to examine concepts of security in relation to gender and sexuality.

We are accepting proposals for individual academic papers (each lasting 15-20 minutes), full panels, hands-on workshops, roundtable discussions, readings, and artistic productions. Please see our explanation of the different presentation formats

All presentations examining issues of gender and sexuality will be considered, but we especially welcome those focusing on personal, communal, and global questions of security and insecurity. To generate some thinking, we offer the following list of possible topics for exploration, but we stress that presentations do not need to address these areas of inquiry:

  • concepts of safety
  • war, militarization, and state violence
  • mass incarceration and alternative forms
    of justice
  • health care
  • poverty and economic security
  • interpersonal violence
  • art, resistance, and protest
  • sites of in/security (bathrooms, prisons, classrooms, etc.)
  • gender identity, presentation, and bodily expression
  • emotional security and well-being
  • citizenship and borders
  • labor conditions and workplace organizing
  • policy making and state rhetoric


A call for visual art will be posted to the symposium website in January.  We are not currently accepting visual art submissions. 

Proposals must be received by 5 p.m.

 Friday, November 3, 2017


Proposals should consist of a single PDF or Word file containing the following:

  • presenter’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation (if relevant)
  • title of presentation
  • format of presentation (Please consult our glossary on the final page of this document for definitions of different types of presentations. [Link again from “glossary.”] If you are proposing something other than an individual paper to be combined with others to form a complete panel, please indicate the preferred duration of your session.  We will plan for 15-20 minutes for each presentation on a panel.)
  • brief biographical information of presenter(s) or one-page CV (Please do not send a full CV.)
  • abstract of no more than 200 words
  • proposal of less than 800 words
  • brief bibliography or list of sources (as relevant)
  • anticipated AV needs and any other logistical or technical requirements

If you are a student, please indicate if your presentation will be drawn from work in a course or internship, is part of a thesis, or is based on independent research.

If submitting a full panel, please include the above information for all presenters on the panel.

Send proposals to:

Gender Studies Symposium Planning Committee

The planning committee will confirm receipt of proposals.  If you do not hear from the committee by Sunday, November 5, 2017, then you should assume that we did not receive your proposal.

Announcement of accepted proposals will be made by email in December.  The full program schedule will be posted to the symposium website by mid-January.

Please direct questions to Kimberly Brodkin, symposium faculty director,