The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites submission for the conference "Gendered Borders and Queer Frontiers" to be held March 16-17th, 2012. Submission deadline: November 14, 2011.
The fields of Gender and Women's studies have long offered spaces for conceptual exploration and innovation in history, the social sciences, cultural and literary studies. But what does it mean to "do" gender studies in this age of queering and intersectionality? What are the limits of current scholarship and how can we push beyond them? Are some conceptual boundaries productive? In what new directions can gender scholars take the
study of history? Concurrently, what does the field of history have to offer queer studies?
We envision this conference as bringing together scholars from many disciplines, time periods, and regional focii in order to have conversations about the future of the fields of gender history and gender studies. For this reason we welcome graduate students whose focus is neither the United States nor the 20th century.
We hope to build an interdisciplinary and intergenerational dialogue in the space of this conference. Although this conference is hosted by the Program in Gender and Women's History, we hope to see presentations by graduate students from many fields, including (but not limited to) cultural studies, American studies, area studies, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, history of science, legal studies, literature, the social sciences, media and communication, borderlands, and of course, history. Our definition of queer is broad and we welcome contributions from all disciplines.
Potential topics include:
-cultural history/popular culture
-space and migrations
-identities and embodiment
Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words and a brief bio of no more than 100 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 14, 2011. We welcome submissions from individuals as well as panels. Conference applicants will be notified in early January.