Call for proposals: 2014 conference

Students, faculty, staff, community activists! We invite your participation in the 38th Wisconsin Women’s Studies and 9th LGBTQ Conference. The conference theme is Gendered Planet: Ethics, Ecology, and Equity.

When: Oct 17-19, 2014

Where: University Center, UW-River Falls

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For more information email Helen Klebesadel or call 608‑262‑3056

Note: Content in this site is from the 2013 conference. Comprehensive info about the 2014 conference coming soon.

The 37th Wisconsin Women’s Studies and 8th LGBTQ Studies Conference: Knowledge in the Making in Women’s, Gender, and LGBTQ Studies will bring together academics, teachers, students, community members, artists, activists, and others, to consider how knowledge is formed and experienced at the intersections of class, gender, sexuality, race, ability, and other axes of identity, and how this informs our current and future work. This year there is a track with focuses on student strategy and coalition-building sessions designed to address critical issues facing LGBTQ and ally communities on home campuses.

Conference at-a-glance

When: Oct 18-20, 2013

Where: Pyle Center (map) and the Red Gym, Madison, WI (map)

Keynote speaker: Mara Keisling, founder of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and more than 100 faculty and presenters

Faculty: More than 100 teachers & presenters

Cost: Full conference early bird $110, regular $130. Details»

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For more information email Helen Klebesadel or call 608‑262‑3056

Mara Keisling video
Watch keynote speaker Mara Keisling in an interview with Penn State Public Television.

Keynote speaker

Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara is a transgender-identified woman and a parent. As one of the nation's leading voices for transgender equality, Mara has appeared on news outlets and is regularly quoted in hundreds of national and local print and broadcast media. Mara is a graduate of Penn State University and did her graduate work at Harvard University in American Government.

Plenary speakers

Karma R. Chávez is assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts and affiliate faculty in Chicana and Latina Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is co-editor of Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices (SUNY Press, 2012) and editor of a special issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication on “Queer Intercultural Communication.” Full bio»

Ramzi Fawaz joined the faculty of UW-Madison as assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and English in the fall of 2013 after serving as a Postdoctoral Fellow of American Studies at George Washington University and a Visiting Professorial Lecturer of American Studies at Georgetown University. His current book project, The New Mutants: Comic Book Superheroes and Popular Fantasy in Postwar America, explores how the American superhero became a cultural embodiment of the political aspirations of sexual, gendered, and racial minorities in the post-WWII period. Full bio»

Ellen Samuels is assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and English at UW-Madison. She has published numerous articles on intersections of disability, gender, and race, most recently in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Amerasia Journal, and Feminist Disability Studies. Full bio»

Awards speaker

Patty Loew, Ph.D., is a professor in the UW-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication, documentary producer, and former broadcast journalist in public and commercial television. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Dr. Loew is the award-winning author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal, which won the Wisconsin Library Association's 2002 Outstanding Book Award, and Native People of Wisconsin, which won the 2003 Best Juvenile Non-fiction Award from the Wisconsin Writers Council. Full bio»

Co-sponsors of the conference

The 37th Wisconsin Women’s Studies and 8th LGBTQ Studies Conference is co-sponsored by UW-Madison Continuing Studies, Alverno College, Beloit College, Edgewood College, Lawrence University, Marquette University, St. Norbert College and the University of Wisconsin Women’s Studies Consortium (WSC). The WSC is made up of the Office of the Women’s Studies Librarian, the Women & Science Program and the 15 UW System Women’s and Gender Studies Programs and Departments.

Conference program committee:

  • Gabriel Javier, UW-Madison
  • Katherine Charek Briggs, UW-Madison
  • Camden Hargrove, UW-Madison
  • Tiffany Lee, UW-Madison
  • Phyllis Holman Weisbard, UW-Madison
  • Helen Klebesadel, UW-Madison
  • Eilene Hoft-March, Lawrence University
  • Helen Boyd Kramer, Lawrence University
  • Amy Nottingham-Martin, Lawrence University
  • Matty Wegehaupt, Lawrence University
  • Amy Schapiro, Alverno College
  • Karlyn Crowly, St. Norbert College
  • Catherine Orr, Beloit College
  • Susannah Bartlow, Marquette University
  • Sayeeda Mamoon, Edgewood College
  • Susan Pastor, Edgewood College
  • Michelle Parkinson, UW-River Falls

Thanks also to: Dace Zeps, Women’s Studies Research Center, UW-Madison Kathryn Sweet, Division of Continuing Studies, UW-Madison

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