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eBULLETIN

January 26, 2015

CONTENTS:

GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES EVENTS
EVENTS ON CAMPUS
EVENTS OFF CAMPUS
OPPORTUNITIES
CALLS FOR PAPERS
CONFERENCES
ANNOUNCEMENTS
GIVING

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GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES EVENTS

Gender & Women’s Studies Colloquium: Spring 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series
4th Thursdays, 3:30pm, 3401 Sterling Hall

Janet Hyde,
Department of Gender & Women’s Studies and Psychology
Thursday, February 26, 2015
"Men Are from Earth, Women Are from Earth: Science vs. the Media on Psychological Gender Differences"
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Ruth Bleier Scholarship in the Natural Sciences
The Ruth Bleier Scholarship in the Natural Sciences was established to encourage undergraduate women at UW-Madison to pursue careers in the natural sciences or medicine.
Applications due: March 1
Eligibility: Any UW-Madison undergraduate woman student enrolled in the Gender and Women's Studies major or certificate program AND in a major or certificate program in science or health is eligible to apply.
Application: Please send application materials via email to the Center for Research on Gender and Women at crgw@mailplus.wisc.edu.
The application should include:
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. A letter of application describing career goals and what makes you an appropriate candidate (make sure to provide contact information for the summer if it is different)
2. A resume
3. Complete transcripts from all colleges attended (unofficial transcripts accepted)
Award: The one-year award will provide a stipend of $1,000, which will be awarded at the end of the Spring semester to be used during the following academic year.
In the tradition of Ruth Bleier's perspective and work, the scholarship winner will also be able to reserve a place in Women's Studies 103 (Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease) and in additional Gender and Women's Studies science courses (such as 431, 530, 531, 533).

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EVENTS ON CAMPUS

Disability Aesthetics: Reframing Disability in Artistic, Curatorial, Material, and Visual Practice
A two-day symposium at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, January 28 – 29, 2015, featuring Ann M. Fox (Professor of English at Davidson College), Katherine Ott (Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History), and Tobin Siebers (The V.L. Parrington Collegiate Professor of Literary and Cultural Criticism at the University of Michigan).

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:30 – 8:00 PM, lecture and conversation with Ann M. Fox, Katherine Ott, and Tobin Siebers in the Howard Auditorium of the Fluno Center (601 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin, 53715-1035) on the campus of UW-Madison.
8:00 – 9:00 PM, reception with a cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres in the Atrium, outside of the Howard Auditorium of the Fluno Center.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
12:30 – 2:30 PM, A lunchtime workshop (location TBD) for students and faculty to address more specific questions and offer an intimate space for discussion. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Jessica A. Cooley at jacooley2@wisc.edu to reserve a space and receive the reading.
5:30 – 6:00 PM, Ann M. Fox and Katherine Ott will kick off the opening party for The Wet Archive: History, Desire, and Photography’s Liquid Intelligencewith an informal idea jam in the Mayer Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Elvehjem Building, Chazen Museum of Art.
6:00 – 8:00 PM, Stay for The Wet Archive party with DJ and drinks. Bring your own fabulous props and original style to our Polaroid photo booth and Instagram selfie-station.

This symposium is made possible through the generous support of the Anonymous Fund, The Jay & Ruth Halls Visiting Scholar Fund, and as a part of the Disability Activism Workshop through the A.W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Disability Aesthetics is sponsored by UW-Madison’s Art History Department and the Departments of English, History, Communication Arts, Gender & Women’s Studies, The Center for Visual Culture, The Material Culture Program and with community support from the Madison Disability Pride organization.
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Queering Borders: Immigration, Race & Sexuality
Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:00pm, Multicultural Student Center, 2nd floor Red Gym
Karma Chávez, associate professor in the Department of Communication Arts and affiliate in the Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at UW-Madison
Chávez will discuss her book Queer Migration Politics (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and will explain how recent debates over the US-Mexico border, Central American child refugees, and immigration reform can and should be understood from a queer person of color point of view. This talk will examine the relationships between capitalism, borders (gender, sexual, racial and national) and power.
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Spring 2014 Feminist Seminar (FEMSEM)
Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:00pm in Social Sciences 2435
The training seminar for the gender area is colloquially known here as “Femsem.” Activities at femsem include student and faculty presentations of their current research, workshops on publishing and other aspects of academia, discussions of gender in the academy, and talks by invited speakers from other universities or other departments at UW.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Monica Grant, Assistant Professor of Sociology
The Demographic Promise of Free Education?

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Madi Pape, PhD Student in Sociology
Participatory budgeting for whom? A feminist framing of PB Chicago.
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Woven Gardens of Hope: Afghan Women’s Carpets
January 23-March 1, 2015, Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, Nancy Nicholas Hall
Opening Celebration January 25, (3:30-6:00 p.m.)
Talk by Connie Duckworth January 25, (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
Reception January 25, (4:30-6:00 p.m.)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. -4 p.m. & Sunday 12-4 p.m.
The exhibition highlights a community-based program to empower Afghan women thru weaving of carpets following centuries-old techniques to create a sustainable quality of life for their families. Their carpets will be shown within the context of historic carpets and textiles from this region and culture, extending a past tradition into the present.
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Kick Off Event: Soul Sunday
Black History Month
Sunday, February 01, 2015, 4:30-6:30 pm, Play Circle Theater, Memorial Union
A night of theater and talented performances by First Wave artists who will be celebrating black history month and the deep rich roots that it stands for. Featuring "MANIKIN" a play written and directed by UW-Madison Senior and First Wave Scholar, Natalie Cook. The play explores gender relations between black men and black women living in modern day America.
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GO BIG READ: I AM MALALA by Malala Yousafzai Panel Discussion
How Libraries and Information Services are Empowering Women and Girls Around the Globe
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5:30 pm, 460 Memorial Library
This year’s Go Big Read book looks at the issues surrounding education of girls in Pakistan. Our panel will continue that discussion by looking at how libraries and information services are helping to empower women and girls around the globe. Karla Strand, UW Gender & Women's Studies Librarian, and Araceli Alonso, Associate Professor and founder of Health by Motorbike in Kenya, will be among the panelists.
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UW-Madison Women & Leadership: Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8-10 am, Union South
Join the UW-Madison women Deans for coffee and conversation about women and leadership. In this one-hour meeting you will have the opportunity to network with other UW-Madison women and enjoy coffee, light refreshments and conversation with one of the female Deans on campus. 8:00-8:30: Coffee/Check-in 8:30-9:30: Program 9:30-10:00 Networking
https://www.ohrd.wisc.edu/OHRDCatalogPortal/Default.aspx?CK=46388

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EVENTS OFF CAMPUS

OPEN Madison Annual Dinner
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:30-9:00pm, The Sheraton Madison
Registration & Cocktail Hour | 5.30-7 pm
Guests Seated for Dinner | 7:15 pm
Program & Keynote Speakers | 7:30-8:15 pm
Event Ends | 9 pm
We invite you to join us for our annual dinner, a celebration of the work that OPEN does for LGBTQ professionals, executives, students, artists and our allies. This year, we welcome as keynote speakers Judi Trampf and Katy Heyning, one of four couples that challenged Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Click here to learn more about Judy and Katy at ACLU’s website.
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Gloria Steinem Dialogue and bell hooks Residency
April, 20-24 2015, St. Norbert College Cassandra Voss Center, De Pere, Wisconsin
The Cassandra Voss Center is thrilled to announce a residency with renowned public intellectual bell hooks at SNC, April 20-24, 2015. The social justice scholar bell hooks will host a number of talks related to her work on theology of love and radical hospitality, engaged pedagogy, community building and racial justice. SNC is the only small liberal arts college honored to have an entire week residency with bell hooks. As part of the residency, the CVC will welcome famed writer and activist Gloria Steinem in conversation with hooks on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Steinem is known internationally as a key historical figure and founder of the women’s movement, honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
For more information, see the Cassandra Voss Center: http://www.snc.edu/cvc & https://www.facebook.com/snc.cvc.

RECURRING LOCAL MEETINGS

"Women on Topic" Brown Bag
1st Monday of every month, noon, Dreambank, 1 N Pinckney
February 2, 2015
The Wisconsin Women’s Network “Women on Topic” monthly Brown Bag series is scheduled to resume on Monday, February 2 at Noon at the Dreambank, One North Pinckney Street in Madison. The series offers Network members and the public a unique opportunity to hear the timely perspective of women leaders from a variety of fields as we assess the status of women in Wisconsin and determine how we can work together to improve women’s lives in 2015.
All lunchtime “Women on Topic” Brown Bag discussions are free to WWN members (non-members wishing to attend are encouraged to make a small donation at the door).
We’ll announce Brown Bag discussion topics in the coming weeks. Please check future eBulletins for more details.
Have an idea for a great Brown Bag discussion topic or want more information about the series? Call us at 608-255-9809 or email info@wiwomensnetwork.org.
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Jane Addams Book Club
1st Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8:00pm, Goodman South Library, 2222 S Park St
February 3, 2015 - The Unconquerable World, by Jonathan Schell
Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Madison Branch.
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Feminism On-Tap
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 5-7pm, The Rigby, 119 E Main St
Normally the 1st Wednesday of every month, This month's Feminism on Tap will be held on January 22 to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision from 1973.
Bring along a friend and join the FoT crew for food, drinks, and music in the Green Room upstairs at The Rigby to celebrate continued access to safe and legal abortion.
Donations will be collected to support access to health care services at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin throughout the night. The happy hour rotates in its hosts and venues and is a collaboration of the Wisconsin Women's Network, Wisconsin NOW, NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, 9to5 Wisconsin, Zonta Club of Madison, AFSCME Local 60, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI. Like us on Facebook to learn more about next month's event!
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Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Madison Branch
2nd Wednesday of every month. 6:30-8:00pm, Goodman South Library, 2222 S Park St
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Madison NOW
2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month
6:00pm, Madison Central Public Library, 201 W Mifflin St
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LGBT Books to Prisoners Project
Tuesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm and every other Saturday, 10:00am-1:00pm
Rainbow Bookstore Co-operative, 426 West Gilman Street, just off State St.
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QUEERSPEAK
Open mic night (for queer-identified folks and allies)
The 4th Wednesday of every month
7:30pm-9:30pm, Dutch's Auto Repair (202 Regas Rd.)
Sign up by 7:15 to be assured a spot in the lineup. Additional volunteer performers will be taken if time permits.
**Hosted by members of LGBTQ Narratives**

ON THE RADIO
Each Wednesday – 7pm WORT, 89.9 FM Tune in to locally produced LGBT show "Queery." - Queery features local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender news & information that affecting Madison's LGBT community in a news magazine format. The first show of every month is music

Each Sunday - 11am WORT-FM, 89.9 FM “Her Turn” - News and information by and about women in a magazine format. Includes shorter news stories and in-depth features produced by the Her Turn Women's Collective. The last show of each month is a call-in program.

Followed by “Her Infinite Variety” at 11:30am – Featuring Women Artists, Musicians, singers and song writers.

NOTE: Feminist news program "Her Turn" is looking for volunteers to join the collective and help produce weekly, 30 minute broadcasts covering local and global issues, by and about womyn-identified individuals. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and Her Turn is always looking for new members. No previous radio experience required! Click here for more information.

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OPPORTUNITIES

POSITIONS


GRANTS/AWARDS


FELLOWSHIPS

2015-2016 Research Associate Program Call for Applications
Five College Women’s Studies Research Center

The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center announces a call for applications and nominations for three categories of Associateships in 2015-2016 (Applications Due: March 1, 2015)
Located in an area with one of the largest concentration of scholars dedicated to feminist scholarship and teaching in the world, the Center encourages engaged, critical feminist scholarship from diverse perspectives. During the period of appointment, all Associates are expected to be in residence in the Five College area, to attend weekly seminars, lead one public colloquium, and to collaborate with colleagues based at one or more of the Five College institutions. While at the Center, Associates are provided with an office at the Center and have access to Five College archival and other library resources. This is a non-stipendiary residency. Travel, housing and living expenses are the responsibility of the Associate.
We welcome applications from colleagues worldwide for 2015-2016 Associateships in one of three categories:
Research Associateship: Colleagues with faculty status at institutions of higher learning are invited to apply.
Graduate Associateship in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Graduate students at the dissertation stage of their PhD are invited to apply.
Alumnae Associateship: In the spirit of long-term collaboration between Research Associates and Five College Faculty, this Associateship is awarded to alumnae of the FCWSRC who propose 1) a joint research or teaching project with one or more colleagues located in the Five Colleges to be initiated in 2015-2016 or 2) the continuation of an established research or teaching project in 2015-2016 with one or more colleagues located in the Five Colleges.
Applicants should complete our online application at http://apply.interfolio.com/27517 which will also require a project proposal (up to three pages in length), curriculum vitae, and contact information for two professional references. Project proposals should include 1) statement about the contribution to and significance of the project or dissertation for research and teaching in women and gender studies, 2) a detailed description of the project or dissertation and timeline, 3) a statement about the contribution and significance of your project or dissertation for research and teaching in women and gender studies and 4) how a stay in the Five Colleges will advance the project or dissertation. Alumnae Associates will be asked to provide the name(s) of their faculty partner(s) in the Five Colleges.
For more information, visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/fcwsrc or email fcwsrc@fivecolleges.edu. Applicants may also contact Darcy Buerkle, Center Director, at dbuerkle@smith.edu.


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CALL FOR PAPERS/POSTERS

Call for proposals: Upper Midwest QIPOC Conference
Submissions due: January 31, 2015
Conference: April 10-12, 2015, U of M Twin Cities Campus
Submit a workshop proposal for the upcoming Upper Midwest Indigenous and People of Color Conference: Accessing Ourselves, the first of its kind in the Upper Midwest! The Workshop Planning Committee wants to hear your thoughts on: community building and solidarity - interpersonal relationships and dialogues - intersecting identities - leadership and professional development - self-care and wellness - academia, philanthropy and the nonprofit industrial complex - class identities - media and the arts. All presenters have registration fees waived!
Learn more at the conference website
Submit at the workshop proposal form
Questions, suggestions, or concerns? Email Tricia Poyer at tricia.poyer@gmail.com or call 757-646-1689.
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Third Annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference
Lives and Afterlives: The Future of Asian Studies
March 13-15, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The TAGS-C Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the third annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference, encompassing Asia-related research across a wide range of fields. The aim of this conference is to facilitate greater communication among disciplines, approaching Asia from multiple viewpoints in literature, linguistics, art history, geography, anthropology, political science, religious studies, sociology, history, folklore, gender and women’s studies, performance studies, visual culture studies, and other related fields.  Participants will have a valuable opportunity to share work and receive feedback from peers and professors in the UW system, as well as to gain insight into recent developments in Asia-related research across various disciplines.  This year’s conference examines topics that address the state of Asian humanities and potential futures in or beyond Asian area studies. Our own University is at a crossroads: the economic and cultural climate demands that area studies programs evolve, yet what path we should take remains undecided and highly debated. We must leave behind the corpse of disciplinary knowledge structures, and ask what knowledge looks like in the afterlives of Asian area studies. This year, we are pleased to announce that in addition to individual paper submissions and panel submissions, we have reserved the evening of the 13th to showcase audio-visual projects and performances.

Submission guidelines:
Interested graduate students in the University of Wisconsin system and Midwest region may submit an individual or group proposal.  This year, we are also accepting proposals from undergraduate students interested in presenting quality academic papers. Undergraduate proposals should be centered on a well-researched academic project of a senior thesis or honors thesis project caliber. Proposals for group panels should be submitted in a single email by a designated organizer and should include a 300-word abstract for the panel as a whole in addition to abstracts for each individual paper. All proposals should be sent in an email as an attached MS Word file.  They should include title (20 word limit) and abstract (300 word limit).  Do not include your name or affiliation in the MS Word file.  In the body of the email, please include the following information in the following order:  
1) Name and contact information
2) Presentation title (20 words or less)
3) University affiliation
4) General research interests.
The papers themselves should be about 8-9 pages double spaced in 12-point Times font. Those presenting audio-visual or performance projects should submit a 4-5 page discussion of their work. Each participant will have 20 minutes to present, and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
Submit proposals to: tagsconference@rso.wisc.edu
Abstract Due: January 31, 2015
Acceptance Notification: February, 15 2014
Full paper due: March 1, 2015
Conference Date: 13-15 March, 2015
Questions about the abstract submissions or the conference in general should be directed to: tagsconference@rso.wisc.edu
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SSSP: Announcing Call for Papers and Call for Student Paper Competitions and Outstanding Scholarship Awards
The Call for Papers for the SSSP 2015 Annual Meeting is now live! View the Student Paper Competitions and Outstanding Scholarship Awards announcement and submit a paper or nominate a book, article, or scholar! We are very excited about our 65th Annual Meeting, to be held August 21-23, 2015, at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, IL. This year's theme, selected by President Marlese Durr, is Removing the Mask, Lifting the Veil: Race, Class, and Gender in the 21st Century. Please visit the following links for more information and forward to others who may be interested. You will also be receiving a poster in the mail shortly.
Call for Papers: http://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/611/
Student Paper Competitions and Outstanding Scholarship Awards: http://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/296/
Hotel Reservation Information: http://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/612/Hotel_Reservation_Information/
Renew Your Membership: http://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/255/fuseaction/ssspmember.portal/userid/-1
All papers must be submitted by midnight (EST) on January 31, 2015 in order to be considered.
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Gender, Work and Organization - Call for Papers
Special Issue: "Gender Equality and 'Austerity': Vulnerabilities, Resistance, and Change"
Submission Deadline January 31, 2015

This special issue invites papers that analyse the impact of gendered austerity measures on advocacy, support services and employment for women and feminist organisation and resistance to these measures. Our aim is to take forward debates on ‘gendering change’ (Benshop, Mills, Mills and Tienari, 2012) by focusing on the gendering of change in the organisation of public services within austerity regimes, and on emergent forms of resistance.

Although initial government positions have often been that ‘we are all in it together’, there is some evidence that measures to address the current economic crisis, including ‘fiscal consolidation’ have widened inequalities, and that vulnerable demographic groups, vulnerable geographies and vulnerable organizations are bearing the brunt of national and international austerity measures (Leschke and Jepsen, 2012; Pearson and Sweetman, 2011).

Within the UK, there are suggestions that women, particularly those with intersecting disadvantages such as poverty, disability ethnicity and age (young and old), are bearing the larger part of the impact of austerity (Fawcett, 2013; Women's Budget Group, 2014).
Government strategies of reducing regulation (‘cutting red tape’) as well as public expenditure,  appear to be reducing the scope of equality legislation and institutional mechanisms to promote gender equality and diversity (Conley and Page, 2010).  There is emerging concern for the fate of the ‘Third Sector’ in this context. Some of the public and voluntary sector organisations that provide and advocate for services to women in crisis appear to be casualties of austerity (Women’s Resource Centre, 2013).  The increasing use of competition rather than democratic accountability as a principle mechanism for organising public services has changed the environment in which public and Third Sector organisations are working (Breitenbach, Brown, Mackay and Webb, 2002; Newman and Clarke, 2009). These organisations include services supporting women, some of which, such as refuges and rape crisis centres, have been supported by state funding and have emerged from feminist activism.

In this context, there appears to be a resurgence of feminism and feminist activism in a variety of traditional and non-traditional forms within the UK and internationally (Walby, 2011). Equality advocates, social movements and trade union activists, are seeking new ways of organising, and of defending democratic accountability in relation to public services and the state, and women are playing a lead role in many of these initiatives (Newman, 2012). Alongside these traditional forms of protest, networked and lateral forms of organisation offer potential for extending the scope of political engagement, and for developing new forms of feminist political practice, locally and transnationally (Conway, 2013; Franzway and Fonow, 2011). Among these, new media, cultural practices and arts based and aesthetic modes of inquiry offer potential for developing new forms of organisation and pre-figurative political practice.

This special issue seeks to bring together conceptual and empirical papers that investigate these issues, with a focus upon emergent feminist organisation and resistance to gendered austerity measures, and their discursive and organisational forms.

Papers on the following indicative topics would be welcome:

•  The impact of gendered austerity measures on the organisation of advocacy, support services and employment for women;
•  The implications of neoliberal de-regulation for public and third sector organisations providing services to women;
•  Feminist engagement with austerity discourses and strategies;
•  Analyses of initiatives and practices that address gender equality in the context of the economic and financial crisis;
•  Case studies of legal and organisational challenges to the gendered impact of austerity measures, at local, national and international levels;
•  Analyses of the narratives and discourses of gender in/equality that underpin resistance and challenge to austerity measures;
•  Research on the use of social media, aesthetic and arts based practices and analysis of whether and how these may complement, extend, or promote feminist political practice in the context of neo liberalist discourses of austerity and in response to austerity measures.

Deadline for submission of full papers: 31 January 2015
Manuscripts should be around 9,000 words. Manuscripts considered for publication will be peer-reviewed following the journal’s double-blind review process. Submissions should be made via the journal’s ScholarOne Manuscript Central at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gwo.  Author guidelines can be found at the journal’s website at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291468-0432/homepage/ForAuthors.html
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Bodies of Knowledge in the Academy: Embodied Knowledges and Academic Freedom
28th Annual University of South Carolina Women’s & Gender Studies Conference
April 23-24, Columbia, SC
Proposals are due: January 30, 2015.

As USC’s Women’s & Gender Studies Program celebrates its 40th anniversary on the Columbia campus, we are conscious of the unprecedented attacks on gender and sexuality studies in this region—including legislative attacks on common reading texts at College of Charleston and at USC Upstate, and legislative and institutional attacks on gender and sexuality studies programming at USC Upstate. This seems a perfect time to think about gender studies and embodied knowledges in the academy (and in our region).

We take Bodies of Knowledge as our conference title to honor and acknowledge the important sexuality studies conference founded by Dr. Lisa Johnson at USC Upstate in 2008. Intended to bring a greater knowledge of about sexuality to the region, the conference began, in part, as a response to the 2007 death of Sean Kennedy, victim of an anti-gay assault in Greenville.

While all abstracts on gender and sexuality studies are welcome, we are particularly interested in papers that explore gendered bodies and knowledges. Suggested topics include:
* bodies of knowledge, disciplinary bodies and disciplinary boundaries
* academic freedom and academic responsibility, gender/sexuality studies and academic freedom
* embodied knowledge, queer bodies, trans bodies, black women’s bodies, fat bodies, girls’ bodies
* feminist knowledge, hip hop feminist knowledge
* vernacular forms and situated knowledge
* subjugated knowledge
* disciplinary violence, actual violence, anti-violence work

Please send 200-word abstracts to WGST Program Coordinator Anna Sykes at ESYKES@mailbox.sc.edu with the subject line “WGST conference proposal.”
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2015 UW System Women & Science Program Spring Conference
May 18-19, 2015, Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells.
Submissions are due Friday, February 20, 2015.
We are now open for submission of proposals for presentations. Please share teaching, advising, mentoring, or other strategies that attract and retain students and educators who are underrepresented in STEM. Priority will be given to presentations that include assessment of the activity. The form will ask for your contact information, availability, a title, and short abstract for your presentation. Presenters' meals and rooms will be paid for by the Women & Science Program; campuses will be asked to cover the mileage to get to the conference site.
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Feminist Theory and Music 13: Feminism and Black Critical Praxis in an Age of Scarcity
August 5-9, 2015

Call for Proposals: Papers and Performances
Proposals are due February 6, 2015

The thirteenth meeting of the international, biennial conference Feminist Theory and Music will take place on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison 5-9 August 2015.  Jointly sponsored by the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, Chicago and the UW-Madison School of Music, the conference program will include presentations in a variety of formats.

The conference theme, Feminism and Black Critical Praxis in an Age of Scarcity, is in conversation with the 2013 theme, New Voices in the New Millennium, and seeks to explore the sustainability of feminist and critical race work in a new century marked by diminishing resources.  The program committee plans panels on the broad themes of gender, race and labor, public feminisms, institutions and difference, and theory as a transferrable skill.  The Program Committee especially seeks participants willing to engage substantively with the historical and contemporary contestations of race and gender.  Given the meeting’s location and joint sponsorship, the Program Committee welcomes submissions that engage specifically with Chicago and the larger Midwest region as well as with the tensions of urban and rural identities.

The Program Committee likewise welcomes participants from within and without the academy and from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective that addresses music in relation to the African Diaspora, diverse communities, feminism, gender, or sexuality.  Proposals focusing on current social issues and any area of music and gender are also encouraged. Proposals for 90 minute panels of various structures are also welcome. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words for scholarly papers of 20 minutes in length. Proposals for panels should include the overall theme of the panel and individual abstracts of each presentation (presentation abstracts should be 250 words maximum). Please specify any AV or other equipment needs, although we may not be able to provide all requested equipment.

We also invite proposals for musical performances and lecture-recitals. Performances may be of varying lengths.  Lecture-recitals may not exceed 35 minutes in length.  Proposals for both performances and lecture-recitals should include the following: 1) an abstract no longer than 250 words; 2) requests for equipment or other needs; 3) length of the work or program; 5) brief biographies for any performers you will supply; 6) name(s) of work(s) to be performed; 7) if possible, links to mp3 samples of works. The Performance Committee will consider other proposal formats for alternative modes of presentation.

FTM 13 will take place at the UW-Madison Pyle Center with affordable lodging available at the Lowell Center, both located just blocks from the University’s Library Mall and pedestrian thoroughfare, State Street, which offers multiple restaurant options at reasonable prices.  Madison’s Dane County Regional Airport is served by all major airlines via easy connections in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Chicago, and the Madison Metro Transit service connects the airport with the campus area.  The Van Galder and Badger Bus Lines also provide regular connections between O’Hare and Mitchell (Milwaukee) Airports and the UW-Madison campus.

Please send all proposals to feministtheoryandmusic@gmail.com on or before February 6, 2015. Direct questions about the conference program to Julia J. Chybowski, chybowsj at uwosh.edu

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CONFERENCES

Feminist Communities in Research and Practice
Hosted by the Penn State Women’s Studies Graduate Organization
February 13-14, 2015, Penn State University Park Campus
The Penn State WSGO is pleased to invite proposals for presentations at our annual conference, to be held in February 2015. The conference will consider the ways that community develops through feminist research, teaching, and activism, and also as a subject that feminist scholarship and pedagogy will continually need to address. Where do you see new feminist communities forming today? How have feminist communities in the past formed, succeeded, or failed? What interests, relationships, projects, or goals are those communities based upon? How do digital culture and digital media play a role in the formation and focus of feminist communities? Panels at this conference will discuss research and teaching on gender and sexuality from all academic disciplines.
This conference also serves as a venue to consider the relationship between Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments and the university community, and to present talks on community-based research and activism. We have confirmed that our conference keynote speaker will be Prof. Lisa Nakamura.
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LGBTQ Leadership Institute 2015
Deadline: Sunday, February 15
Retreat: February 27-March 1, 2015
Leadership Institute is a weekend-long retreat for LGBTQ+ and ally students to build relationships, find community, and learn how to create a more inclusive environment for queer students on campus. The weekend will form the groundwork for developing leadership skills as well as building on existing skills, specifically in relation to intersecting identities, privilege, and oppression. It's free! Find out more at the LI page!
Register at the LI registration form.
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Feminism in Theory, Practice, and Policy
February 19-22, 2015, Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington, DC
It’s Time to Register for the 2015 SWS Winter Meeting
Registration is open until February 6, 2015
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Gender and Sexuality: Identity Borderlands
Alliance of History Graduate Students Conference on the History of Gender and Sexuality
February 20-21, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The Alliance of History Graduate Students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is pleased to announce their annual inter-disciplinary conference, with this year’s theme highlighting gender and sexuality. “Identity borderlands” is a phrase meant to bring to mind intersectionality—the borderlands where gender and sexuality cross paths with race, class, culture, and a host of other identities. This conference hopes to examine, critique, and advance the historical meanings of gender, sexuality and identity within an intersectional context/framework. We are particularly interested in receiving papers from a spectrum of disciplines and a broad range of genres that help illuminate these themes.
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Connecting Leaders, Advancing the Movement
The 2015 Wisconsin LGBT Leadership Conference
February 20-22, 2015, Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee
The Wisconsin LGBT Leadership Conference is an innovative approach to building a more skilled and connected network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied leaders who are empowered to achieve and protect LGBT equality in their local communities across the state of Wisconsin.
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Hidden in Plain Sight: Recognizing and Rejecting Rape Culture
20th Annual Building Bridges Conference
Saturday, March 7, 2015, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN
This student-led diversity conference will provide a rewarding opportunity to engage in important dialogue that will challenge how sexual violence is pervasive and normalized in our communities. In particular, we will discuss the ways media, race, gender, and identity interact to create a culture of sexual violence.  Building on tradition, this conference continues to be the platform for students to address significant issues of justice in a proactive and informative way. For this reason, we have invited Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, prominent critical race theorist who writes on the intersection of race and gender, to be this year’s first keynote speaker. Delivering the second keynote address will be founder of the feminist blog Feministing and writer for The Guardian, Jessica Valenti, who has written extensively about feminism, culture, and politics.
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6th Annual Wisconsin Women's Health Policy Summit
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Monona Terrace in Madison
Advocates, providers, survivors, policy makers and women’s health supporters will convene for a day of networking, education, engagement and empowerment, while collectively working to raise the status of Wisconsin women’s health.
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Oxford Women’s Leadership Symposium
16, 17 & 18 March, 2015, at Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville College in Oxford University, U.K.
You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of Women’s Studies, or you may wish to attend as an observer or panel member. Papers presented at the meeting will be subsequently peer reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium Books or in sponsored academic journals. The Symposium is interdisciplinary in nature and seeks to cover a broad reach of women’s leadership issues in both the public and private sectors. The expectation is that much of the discourse will be concerned with cultural, religious, social, and economic conditions of women and the initiatives that may be most effective in the remediation of the various forms of gender discrimination. See our website for suggestions on topics.
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11th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference
March 21-23, 2015, Arlington, Virginia
Sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation, the 2015 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference will provide young activists with the opportunity to network, grow their knowledge on pertinent domestic and global feminist issues, and fine-tune their organizing methodology. Join young feminist activists from around the nation as we discuss issues including (but definitely not limited to) reproductive justice, eco-feminism, intersectionality and identity-based activism, campus organizing tactics and methods, violence against women, ballot measures and political organizing, social media and web-based activism, and global women’s rights and health.
Early Bird Registration is now open for the 11th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference!
Our Early Bird rates are $25 for individuals and $20 per person for groups of 5 or more people. To access the group rate, email us at nyflc@feminist.org. We'll offering prizes to the largest delegations in attendance and the largest Early Bird Registration groups!
After Early Bird Registration closes, those rates will go up - so don't hesitate! Register today.
All registration will close at 6 PM on Monday, March 16.
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Democracy’s Promise: Deisolating Gendered Experiences
Friday, March 27, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos, Texas.
After the symposium, presenters are invited to submit their papers to the Journal of Research on Women and Gender, a peer reviewed, open access, online journal hosted by the Texas Digital Library. To register to be an author or reviewer, go to:
https://journals.tdl.org/jrwg/index.php/jrwg/about/submissions
Center for Diversity and Gender Studies
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4616
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From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom
29th Annual Conference for Student and Community Activists
April 10-12, 2015, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
75 workshops and trainings on reproductive justice, rights, and health, social and economic justice, and other intersecting issues. Learn, collaborate, get inspired, and build the movement.
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The Eleventh Social Theory Forum
New Perspectives in Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality
With Keynote Address by Patricia Hill Collins
April 17-18, 2015, University of Massachusetts Boston
Intersectional approaches to social research suggest that systems of oppression such as race/ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality are interconnected and intersect to shape the experiences of individuals. Intersectional research centers on the experiences of persons often historically ignored by policymakers and in academic scholarship. Without their experiences our theories of power and social processes are both incomplete and inaccurate. As a research paradigm intersectionality has its origins in black feminism, third world feminism and queer theory. It has come to shape research in many disciplines including feminist studies, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, public policy, public health, law, psychology, anthropology and sociology.
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Women’s Wellness Conference at UW-Platteville
Saturday, April 18, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
The Women’s Wellness Conference will be used as a tool to educate, uplift, empower, and motivate women of all races, sizes, colors, and ethnicities. In addition to a keynote, the schedule will include a series of breakout sessions throughout the day with topics including but not limited to:
* Sexual assault awareness
* Safe sex
* Being healthy at any size
* LGTBQ health and wellness issues
* Empowerment and confidence building
* Surviving alcohol and other drug abuse,
* Domestic abuse
* Women’s health information and awareness
* Other topics related to women, gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality, and wellness
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The International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice
May 28-31, 2015, Indiana University, Bloomington
London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS) is organizing the International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice in collaboration with the School of Education - Indiana University-Bloomington, Centre for Gender in Global Context (GENCEN) - Michigan State University and Department of Law - Gediz University.
This event aims to engage in discussions and debates concerning gender related issues within educational settings. The ICGE will explore the consequences and reflections of hierarchical structure in organizational settings, resistance of society towards gender issues, politics and gender inequality, laws enacted on gender issues, and cultural norms and values that cause intersections based on gender.
The event is open to academics, researchers, Post graduate students, NGO representatives, government officials and practitioners.
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Attending to Early Modern Women: It's About Time
June 18-20, 2015 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Taking as its inspiration the fact that 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the first Attending to Early Modern Women conference, the ninth conference, “It’s About Time,” will focus on time and its passing, allowing us to archive our achievements, reflect on the humanities in the world today, and shape future directions in scholarship and teaching. It will address such questions as: Can we trace gendered and embodied temporalities? How did time structure early modern lives, and the textual and material commemorations of those lives? In what ways do categories of difference condition understandings of time? How do contemporary and early modern conceptions of time inform our work as scholars and teachers?
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2015 AAUW National Convention
June 18–21, 2015, Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Registration Is Now Open. Don’t wait! Best-value rates expire January 15.
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6th FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference
A Critical Moment: Sex/Gender Research at the Intersection of Culture, Brain, & Behavior
October 23-24, 2015, UCLA
http://www.thefpr.org/conference2015/
http://www.thefprconference2015.org
This conference occurs at a critical juncture in sex/gender research in neuroscience, anthropology, psychology, and related disciplines. New theories are utilizing a conception of the brain as dynamic, plastic, and adaptable, and of sex/gender brain and behavioral differences as subject to the influence of a broad range of biological, cultural, and social or environmental factors. In organizing this conference, our aim is to bring the neuro- and social sciences together to consider three cross-cutting questions on sex/gender: why now? what’s fixed/changing/changeable? what’s at stake?
Registration for our conference is Now Open:
http://www.thefpr.org/conference2015/registration.php
EARLY Registration ENDS on June 30, 2015
• Afterwards, LATE registration, with higher registration fees.
ON-LINE REGISTRATION: ONLY FOR GENERAL PUBLIC
All others (Current Students/ University of California Faculty/ International Customers/ Conference Scholarships) must register by MAIL/FAX/IN PERSON to UCLA Central Ticket Office windows
Seating is very limited. Please note that our conferences in 2010 and 2012 sold out before the end of early registration. Don’t miss out. Register Now to secure your seat at our 2015 conference.
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2015 National Women’s Studies Association Conference
November 12-15, 2015, Milwaukee, WI

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Save-the-date:
October 23-24, 2015, GWS turns 40!
In 2015 Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison turns 40 and we here at GWS would like to take this opportunity to pause and reflect on our history, our present, and our future. We have much to celebrate and much to think through for the years to come, and we hope you will join us to share this exciting moment.
On Friday October 23, 2015, we will have a reception and opening words in our own space in Sterling Hall, and Saturday October 24, 2015, we will have a full day of academic program followed by plated dinner and dancing at the nearby Pyle Center.
Watch for formal invitation coming in January.

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GIVING

The Department of Gender and Women's Studies and Center for Research on Gender and Women invite students, alumni, faculty, and friends to make a donation to support our on-going efforts to advance women and gender issues within our teaching and research mission.

Please visit the Department and Center websites to learn more about making a donation.

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CONTACT US

Janet Hyde, Director
Center for Research on Gender & Women
University of Wisconsin-Madison
3409 Sterling Hall, 475 North Charter Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Phone: 608-263-2053
Fax: 608-265-2409
Email: jshyde@wisc.edu

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