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Proposals Due: January 12, 2015

Call for Proposals

We invite individual or panel proposals for presentations on any topic on women’s and/or gender issues and debates from all scholars, activists, non-profit professionals, and graduate students in scholarly fields and disciplines, including the humanities, sciences, social sciences, education, arts, design, business, law, and sports.

Given our general conference theme, Global Discourses in Women’s and Gender Studies, we are interested in presentations that provide feminist perspectives of the influence of global forces on women’s and/or gendered experience, and that examine connections between local/national and global issues related to gendered existence.

The 2015 conference will highlight education; we therefore encourage submission of proposals that explore this area of special focus.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
  • Gender equity in education
  • Intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation in education
  • Girls' access to education
  • Educating boys
  • Gender in STEM education
  • Education and religious (in)tolerance
  • Education and technology
  • Education and economic development
  • Health and wellness education
  • Education and personal development
  • Campus sexual assaults/sexual harassment
  • Bullying  and homophobia in schools
  • Women in higher education
  • Transnational feminist activism and pedagogies of empowerment
  • Strategies for future engagement of gender issues in education
We welcome a variety of presentation formats, such as individual paper presentations, panel sessions, roundtable discussions, performances, short films, and posters. We offer single panel per session conference format. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes, to be followed by questions and discussion. All proposals should meet the following criteria:
  • 250- to 500-word description of presentation in a Word document (for panel submissions, provide a description of the panel and of each individual presentation)
  • One-page bio
  • Equipment requests. Please be specific.
Proposals must be submitted by January 12, 2015
Email proposals to: womenstu@mtsu.eduTo continue to create a safe and comfortable space for sharing perspectives and ideas, and to provide a very satisfying conference experience for participants, we offer the following:
  • Very reasonable conference costs. Please see registration information at
  • Single panel per session conference format. This format provides the opportunity for larger audiences at sessions, substantive audience engagement with material presented, and sustained exchange of ideas among presenters and conference participants. This format also promotes interaction among conference participants that can contribute to a positive conference experience.
  • Professional development workshop. This workshop is free and open to all registered participants.
  • Film screening and discussion.
For conference information, please go to or contact us at 615-898-5910.

Contact Information:

Women's and Gender Studies Program
Box 498
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN   37132

Phone:  615-898-5910
Fax: 615-898-5289