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The University of Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program is happy to announce its hosting of the second meeting of the International Girls Studies Association, to be held in conjunction with our program’s fifth biennial international conference.


University of Notre Dame - Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

28 February - 2 March, 2019

Deadline for undergraduate submissions: Friday, 5 October 2018

Girls Studies has become one of the most dynamic academic fields, encompassing scholars from a vast array of disciplines engaged in a variety of interdisciplinary approaches. This conference aims to bring together scholars and creative practitioners from across the world to explore contemporary and historical experiences and constructions of girlhood and girls’ culture, as well as recent developments within the field.


Lynne Vallone

Ruth Nicole Brown

The Host Committee is very pleased to announce that Profs. Ruth Nicole Brown and Lynne Vallone will be our keynote speakers.




For more info about their work, please visit:
Professor Ruth Nicole Brown

Professor Lynne Vallone





Registration for the conference is now open.  Click HERE to register.

The registration fee includes Thursday 2/28 evening reception, Friday 3/1 lunch and dinner, Saturday 3/2 lunch, and all refreshments and meeting materials during the conference.

$160 Regular Faculty
$90 Student, Contingent Faculty, Independent Scholar, Activist, or Artist  

Registration is free for Notre Dame faculty, students, and staff.

Early registration rates will be available until January 8, 2019. After that date, registration rates will increase by $30.


Conference Location

The conference will take place at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall

McKenna Hall is located on Notre Dame Avenue, directly east and across the street from the Morris Inn. See the map below.

Gender neutral bathrooms will be available at the hotel conference center.



Conference attendees have several options for lodging:

1) A block of rooms at Notre Dame’s Morris Inn has been reserved for conference attendees for the nights of 27 Feb-Mar 2.  This AAA 4-Diamond hotel is a mere 2-minute walk across or under the street from McKenna Hall, the conference location.  The Morris Inn offers specially appointed guestrooms that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Morris Inn is a smoke-free facility.  Complimentary wireless high speed internet service is available to hotel guests.  The hotel houses an upscale restaurant (Sorin's), a casual brewpub (Rohrs), and an outdoor fireside terrace.  

The conference rate for rooms at the Morris Inn is $179 per night.

To make a Morris Inn reservation, please click HERE. 
The Morris Inn reservation line is 574-631-2000. When calling, please indicate you are with the Gender Studies/International Girls Studies Association conference.


2) A block of rooms is also available for conference attendees at Fairfield Inn & Suites for the nights of 27 Feb-2 Mar.  Fairfield Inn & Suites immediately south of the Notre Dame campus on Angela Boulevard, near the Eddy Street Commons shopping and restaurant area.  Reservations must be booked by 29 Jan 2019.

The conference rate for rooms at Fairfield Inn & Suites is between $126-$136 per night depending on room.

To make a Fairfield Inn & Suites reservation, please click HERE 


3) Several additional hotels are within walking distance of the Notre Dame campus, including Embassy Suites, the Ivy Court Inn, The Inn at St. Mary’s, and the Hilton Garden Inn.  Many other hotels are located within a few miles of the University, from 3-4-star options downtown, like Aloft, Courtyard Inn by Marriott, and DoubleTree by Hilton, to budget hotels, such as Days Inn, Comfort Suites, and Holiday Inn Express. We have not reserved rooms at these hotels as attendees will likely find cheaper rates online.


Travel, Transportation, and Parking

The University of Notre Dame and South Bend area are readily accessible by car, bus, train, and airplane, train.  

The South Bend International Airport (SBIA) is serviced by American, Delta, United, and Allegiant airlines, with connections through Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, and Tampa.  SBIA is 5 miles (8k) east of the University of Notre Dame campus and 3 miles (4.8k) northwest of downtown South Bend.  Greyhound and Hoosier Ride provide bus service to and from SBIA.  Taxi service and rental cars are available at SBIA.   

Chicago’s O’Hare airport is the closest major international hub to South Bend.  Coach USA shuttle serviceBarons Bus line, and the South Shore Rail Line service the Notre Dame/South Bend area from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports.  

Valet parking for conference attendees is available adjacent to the Morris Inn for a fee.  A visitor parking lot is available a short distance away, in the BK1 lot, adjacent to the Hammes Bookstore.  See the map below, or click HERE for an interactive map of the Notre Dame campus: 

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More Information

Please direct any questions about the conference and the submission process to:


Conference Organizers: Barbara Green, Danielle (Dani) Green, Mary Celeste Kearney, Sonja Stojanovic, and Pamela Robertson Wojcik, University of Notre Dame.


University of Notre Dame Co-Sponsors: College of Engineering, Department of Africana Studies, Department of American Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Art, Art History, & Design, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of English, Department of Film, Television, & Theatre, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Department of Irish Language and Literature, Department of Psychology, Department of Sociology, Department of Theology, Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, Gender Studies Program, Graduate School, Institution for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families.