Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes

Association #96
Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF)
Conference dates: 
Sunday, May 31, 2020 to Tuesday, June 2, 2020
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add WGSRF #96 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.
Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF) calls for papers that build on the theme for this year’s Congress meeting: “Bridging Divides.” We invite proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, workshops or other creative formats that consider the possibilities and limits of the kinds of intersectional, transnational and interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations that characterize the broad fields of feminist and women’s and gender studies.
We invite proposals that consider the following themes: Theme 1: “Building Bridges”: What kinds of bridges are scholars in women’s and gender studies creating through their research? What bridges are or should be possible? In what ways can and should women’s and gender studies theories and projects challenge and/or re-imagine disciplinary divides as well as divisions between academia and community organizations and groups? How can women’s and gender studies knowledges foster bridges with different communities beyond and within academia (community organizations and/or networks), artists, activists, as well as across academia, locally and transnationally? Who has laid the groundwork for women’s and gender studies bridge-making, who supports / what types of work support these bridges, how are they being strengthened or reinforced, and how is bridge-making being challenged? How and in what ways do or can women’s and gender studies support and/or connect with contemporary societal issues and/or social movements, such as Black Lives Matter, the TRC calls for action, disability justice, and the #metoo movement? Theme 2: “Women’s and Gender Studies Methodologies: (Moving) From Divides to Collaborations” How do women’s and gender studies methodologies challenge disciplinary divides to produce collaborative, community-engaged research? Whose experiences and stories inform women’s and gender studies methodologies and research? Whose experiences and stories are missing or absent? What are new ways of doing research that breakdown divides between researchers, communities, artists, and activists? How do or can women’s and gender studies methodologies bring together different groups and practices to reflect on which stories are shared and inform knowledge production, which ways of listening and sharing stories do we and should we prioritize, and how we can collaborate to make change - within society at large as well as within universities with respect to decolonization, anti-racism, and social justice? Theme 3: Racism in Academia In response to the anti-Black racism at Congress 2019 and to the everyday experiences of racism within academic institutions in Canada, we invite papers, presentations, and panels that confront anti-Blackness. How can we call out racism within academia, collaborate, and build bridges at all levels? How can individuals, networks, and associations be supported in their efforts to address racism, including microaggressions, Indigenization policies without decolonization frameworks, and/or Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion strategies and accountability, and the toll of emotional labour? What strategies can Black, Indigenous, and racialized scholars utilize and share in order to navigate and make change within academic institutions? How do academic, community, and other institutional partnerships foster critical spaces from which to address and challenge racism? How can we draw on anti-racist, decolonize, postcolonial, and transnational theories to address specificities of the contemporary moment and forms of racism? Theme 4: Open Call: We also welcome proposals outside of the above themes that explore topics in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies in all of its articulations. Panel sessions and workshops are typically scheduled to be 75 minutes in length, and papers are expected to be approximately 8 - 9 double-spaced pages, or 15 - 20 minutes, for individual submissions. If you are proposing a workshop, please indicate if the expected time frame is different from typical scheduling.
Call-for-papers deadline: 
January 6, 2020
President's Reception: 
June 1, 2020
Program Chairs: 
Claire Carter, University of Regina
Local Arrangement Coordinators: 
Erica Lawson, Western University

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