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Call For Papers:: Women’s And Gender Studies Et Recherches Féministes

DATE: June 1 – 4, 2013

LOCATION:University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
 
WGSRF is now seeking proposals, in either French or English, for its annual conference, held in conjunction with the Congress of the CFHSS/FCSH. Submissions for panels, roundtables, workshops and papers can be made by groups or individuals, and as joint sessions with other associations. Posters can be proposed by individuals or groups.

Please identify the specific theme to which you are submitting application in your proposal.
Theme 1: @ the Edge; @ La Fine Point
The CFHSS/FCSH proposes this year’s focus as a way to reflect upon Canada’s geo-political position in the context of the Pacific Rim and in relation to the interests of dominant centres of power and influence. Seeking relevance in both local and global communities, “@ the Edge” critically examines efforts to develop intentional solutions to the challenges of inequities and social marginalization through creative interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences. With a focus on barriers to actualization that mobilize difference as a mechanism of both assimilative inclusions and manufactured exclusions, the stated goal of this Congress is to extend respect to those who have been constructed as “peripheral” by narrow measures of “progress” that still infuse the academic project.  How does your research, practice, theory illuminate lives situated at the edges of power structures shaping knowledge politics, in contexts ranging from Indigenous self-determination to embodied expressions of difference to creative interventions arising from Women’s and Gender Studies?  We are looking for proposals that engage feminist forms of scholarly, pedagogical, activist and cultural production to investigate, interpret, intervene and illuminate the fine points of resistance at the spatial, temporal and imaginative edges of power.
Theme 2: Women’s and Gender Studies on the Edge
A recurring and troubling contradiction in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies arises out of the pressing need to interrogate the operations of gender as an intersectional social category, even as the lived experiences of constructed genders are ever more unstable, as are the political and economic systems that rely on them.  What is the role of Women’s and Gender Studies in edging institutional and research practices toward new forms of pedagogical possibility, theoretical analysis and practical political change?  How might thinking of edge as margin or boundary evoke the spaces and places where identities, movements and disciplines converge?  What are the new edges of tension emerging at the boundaries of the difficult knowledges we engage, and how are these projects shifting the terms by which we understand our field/s? What is at stake when we face contexts where Women’s and Gender Studies is being edged out of ‘currency’ and how do members engage these controversies? What is the role of Women’s and Gender Studies in shaping the contingent capacities of our universities now?  How do WGSRF members imagine and engage with the histories, possibilities and uncertainties of the knowledges and knowledge politics that may characterize our field/s, not only within the institution, but along the many edges our individual and collective work traverses? 
Theme 3:  At the Somatic/Subjective Edges of Social Dis/Order
Troubling operations of the normative as they intersect with bodies, identities, and subjectivities, this theme provides an opportunity to consider how scholars, activists, artists and critics grapple with the notion of “edge” as metaphor in spheres of representation that condition the imaginative horizons of livable lives.  Recognizing mechanisms for maintaining social order as equally productive of in/stabilities and dis/order, this theme examines how shifting forms of subjective and collective consciousness shape past, present and evolving understandings of expressive practices and political struggles situated at the edges of normative intelligibilities. How does the notion of “edge” translate and transform the questions raised by the multiple feminisms informing our intersecting fields in diverse representational contexts?  Proposals that reposition the provocative edges of feminist inquiry, pedagogy and cultural production are invited in response to Theme 3.
Theme 4:  Open Call
This theme includes an open call for new Women’s and Gender Studies knowledge work that resists and critiques oppression and domination in their various forms.
HOW TO SUBMIT
We encourage presentations in a variety of formats, including panels, workshops, roundtables, papers, poster sessions, film and video screenings, performance art pieces, exhibits, and cultural events. If you are proposing a non-traditional presentation, please include a brief write up on any necessary audiovisual, technical, logistical, or room size and location considerations.
The proposal form (Word document) can be found on the WGSRF website – www.wgsrf.com – under the ‘annual conference’ tab at the top. All submissions must include a clear, concise and well-argued 250 - 300-word abstract for individual papers and panel topics. Panel submissions must also include short (100 - 150 word) abstracts of the individual papers, and all submissions should indicate the theme for which the proposal is to be considered.
While welcoming to individual paper proposals, WGSRF encourages submissions of panel proposals (with a maximum of 3 presenters), to ensure thematic consistency across papers in a given session. Cohesiveness will be a primary criterion in the panel selection process.
Round table presentations may have up to 5 members and workshops may have as few as 2 or as many as 4 facilitators.  Proposals for performances and art installations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, for feasibility.
Panel sessions and workshops are typically scheduled to be 75 minutes in length, and papers are expected to be approximately 6 - 8 pages, or 12 - 15 minutes, for individual submissions. If you are proposing a workshop, please indicate expected time frame if different from typical scheduling. All proposals will be anonymously reviewed.
**You must be a current member of WGSRF to submit an abstract. For more information, see the membership tab at www.wgsrf.com.
Send proposals, by email only, in Word or RTF, to:WGSRF.Conference.2013@gmail.com
Deadline: January 11, 2013. No late proposals will be accepted.

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